Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

You are part of the Detroit Chassis extended community.  We are thinking about you, and we value our relationship with you.  Though we seem far apart, we want you to know what we are doing and how things are going.

This year, just like last year, is unprecedented, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us and set new norms for us all.  Think about that for a moment: facial masks, social distancing, curbside pick-up, and virtual everything, including school

, church, and doctors’ appointments, and as the world tried to return to some sense of normalcy, variants of Covid 19 began to spread and are at record high levels today.  We fight our way each day with looming logistical issues as the transportation industry grapples under the weight of demand.  We must note what we learned to do better and make sure we hold on to what is best while discarding the rest, along with the threat of Coronavirus and ALL of its variants.  This pandemic, too, shall pass!

Detroit Chassis continues to come out on the winning side of the pandemic, thank God.  We were included in the list of essential services, and customers demanded more motorhomes, which meant more work for us.  Still, many businesses suffered significant losses that they will never recoup.  Unemployment numbers soar while jobs are plenteous, and still, thousands of people are dying every day.  The daily news, flooded with devastation, is hard to watch but necessary.

However, we stayed focused and brought 2021 stained with COVID to a successful close while holding to our Vision, Mission, and Values.  Detroit Chassis is….Committed People Delivering World Champion Performance to Achieve Customer Joy On-time, All the Time, Every Time.  That is our Vision.  This pandemic caused us to realize that we must be concerned about our community and everyone in it more than ever.  So, in collaboration with Wayne Health’s Mobile Unit, on-site health fairs are conducted monthly where Associates and family members can receive medical care.  No insurance is required.

We also held fund-raising campaigns for charities in our community, The Children’s Center, Gleaners, and the National Association of Black Suppliers’ Scholarship Fund. 

These services are in greater demand due to COVID because they meet specific needs.  However, we know these organizations struggle with raising funds through their traditional premier fund-raising events. Therefore, we have a responsibility and want to express our gratitude for what we have by sharing with others.

We partnered with UAW Local 155 and conducted the end of the year 2021 Charitable Contribution Campaign, which ran from Monday, December 6, 2021, through Friday, December 17, 2021, and exceeded our fund-raising goal of $12,000, and raised more than $15,000, in Detroit.

Detroit Chassis Avon partnered with UAW Local 2000, Unit 5, and contributed two boxes of toys to Lorain County Toys-for-Tots.  In addition, they conducted a food drive and collected two hundred thirty-eight (238) pounds of food for The Salvation Army Food Bank and decorated a Christmas tree with donated hats, mittens, and gloves.  Forty pairs of mittens and 13 sets of gloves with hats were collected and given to the Salvation Army for distribution in the community.

“Thank you, DCP, for your generosity and compassion!  Our community thanks you too.  Carlton and I are looking forward to doing our share.” – Michael J. Guthrie, Co-Chairman

With the help of company co-chairmen Michael and Carlton Guthrie, who matched our funds, we made a more significant impact in the lives of those around us.

This is how we do it! 

DC Echo: August 18th, 2021

DC Echo: August 18th, 2021


DC Echo: Vol 4, Issue 5

The cross-functional Operations and the Quality team work to improve quality performance daily. The group discusses daily CAR, CAL, and TRAVELER performance and presents weekly data in higher-level team meetings. In an effort to further improve quality performance The team now reviews weekly performance with production and team leaders and also with quality technicians.

Nigel Ward, Quality Inspector for Team 18, met with Ranson Smith, Senior Quality Manager, and Matt Freeman, Sr. Quality Engineer and CAL Supervisor, to analyse defects identified in his area. Nigel’s area generated 13 defects the first week and 18 the second week.

Nigel was not only shocked to learn that data was reviewed at this level but also at the number of defects recorded from his area. He quickly put a plan in place to elevate his team’s performance and saw immediate improvement! He and his Team made a substantial commitment to ensure that no defects escaped his quality gate. Nigel’s area went from producing 13-18 defects per week to ZERO!

This performance got the attention of the senior leadership team, and I interviewed Nigel in a meeting with Ranson Smith and Matt Freeman. I asked Nigel, “How did you do it? And, what was your thought process?” Nigel explained that he was first surprised to know that data was captured and discussed in detail. He wanted to do what was necessary to produce better performance, so he focused on delta critical operations. Nigel then moved on to other tasks to ensure that each job was correct. Nigel told me that he learned from his mistakes. He reviewed challenging areas intently and learned to pay closer attention to detail.

Nigel has been with Detroit Chassis for approximately four years and a Quality Inspector assigned to the CAL area for a little over four months, so he is relatively new to this area. He appreciates the acknowledgment and plans to continue to produce the best quality performance possible. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT NIGEL.

The Best Motorhome Chassis is Built in the Motor City.

DC Echo: July 14th, 2021 Detroit Chassis bids Farewell to David Taylor

DC Echo: July 14th, 2021 Detroit Chassis bids Farewell to David Taylor

Detroit Chassis bids farewell to David (Dave) Taylor after many years of outstanding support of the F5X program Friday, July 9, 2021. Dave came to Detroit Chassis in late 2018 with over 30 years of experience in chassis design and development, program management, and manufacturing after retiring from Ford Motor Company.

Before coming on board with Detroit Chassis, he was the PVT Manager/Resident Engineer/Design Supervisor. Dave started his career as an engineering co-op student at Ford’s Rouge complex and has held various design and manufacturing leadership positions within the Commercial Vehicles and Product Development Departments. He was assigned to Detroit Chassis early in his career as the Ford Vehicle Team Manager in 2000 and then led and launched many of the Ford F-53 chassis programs. Dave also led the design team that launched the all-new F-59 commercial stripped chassis in 2010.

Thank you for all of your heartfelt contributions to the Detroit Chassis team. Dave, we are going to miss you!

Take care, Dave!

DC Echo: July 13th, 2021

DC Echo: July 13th, 2021

Hello DCP and welcome back to production.

By now, you are well acclimated to the enhancements in the production system that will aid in helping to improve our quality performance. I am glad that we weathered the 2020 pandemic and that we are here to talk about it, but at the same time, we suffered great losses and in so many ways we will never be the same again. Yet, we must pick up the pieces remembering God is with us. We must move forward with more determination to produce the best class A Motorhome chassis and commercial step-van chassis in the industry.

While we were out adjusting to lay-off, many of us ran into difficulty successfully filing for and receiving unemployment payments. Many tried and were unable to contact anyone at the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) for assistance. After holding on the line for hours, we learned that UIA had a large backlog of UI claims, suffered from a lack of staff, and had computer system problems. All of this contributed to delays and denials. Frustration was high and morale low.

The Human Capital Team learned of the massive problem and went above and beyond the call of duty behind the scenes working tirelessly with the UIA on the weekends and after work hours when necessary to identify and resolve issues with claims.

Thank you (Edwina Milligan, VP, Human Capital and team) for caring about the well-being of all of the Associates. We appreciate your efforts.

“Thank you for going above and beyond to make this happen…” Michael J. Guthrie, Co-Chairman

“My thanks for this extraordinary service…” Carlton L. Guthrie, Co-Chairman.


Now that we are back to regular production and the world around us returns to normal, let’s remember the valuable lessons learned over the past 15 months. Life is fragile. Be careful and stay aware.

Some are still at-risk. Those that received injections are in a better position to help protect our community, but everyone did not get inoculated and they may have legitimate reasons, but everyone is not protected against Covid. Do not misinterpret what the “Powers that Be” are saying by relaxing restrictions associated with the pandemic. Know that people still die daily from Coronavirus, so please be careful.
You are an important part of the DC family. You are loved, appreciated and needed.

Due to residual effects of the pandemic our HR team constantly hires new Associates. We expect to see some stability soon. In the meantime, the cross-functional team focuses on Quality because a well-trained Associate is extremely valuable to the production process.

Michael Hinton, VP Human Resources wants to highlight the efforts of Jim Terry, Senior Engineering Warranty Specialist, for stepping up to the plate to assist the team with New Hire Orientation. The sessions are spirited and engaging and emphasizes Safety and following processes.

Jim took the opportunity when asked to mention the hard work of Quality Operating System Coordinators, Verlyn Hodges and Ed Mobley, who are doing an amazing job conducting the Day-3: Tool-Use Hands-on Training. Great Job Verl and Ed. Keep doing what you Do!

Thank you, Jim for being a CHAMPION by acknowledging the efforts of other team members. We appreciate your unique style that is making training more effective. Kudos to everyone involved in New Hire Orientation and Training. Your efforts are helping DC to staff up to build the “BEST” Motorhome and Commercial Step-Van Chassis in the industry.


The week of June 16th, the Quality and Operations teams conducted training to improve the Quality Operating System (QOS) and exceed Customer Joy. Initially, the Gatekeepers team grumbled that the tablet training was too difficult for them. Yet, after several more training sessions with Maurice Lucas, Data Analyst and Dr. David Ogbuaku, C3 Quality Engineer, the group shared during a daily reflection how much they enjoyed the tablet training, which motivated Nayeesha Conway, Chief Steward, to take the tablet training class.

LynAngela Tipton, Quality Associate, shared during a daily Quality Training Reflection meeting with the entire training group that she cringed when she heard that she had to attend the visual training class led by Tim Meadows, Assistant Plant Manager, because she thought that he was too hard on the team. Yet, after taking his training class she has established the upmost respect for Tim Meadows as a manager and a person. The training improved associates’ learning development, communication and team building.

The sessions:

  • Tablet Usage: Maurice Lucas, Data Analyst and David Ogbuaku, C3 Quality Engineer
  • Visual Confirmation Mapping: Tim Meadows, Assistant Plant Manager
  • Torque/DataMyte: Jutuan Brown, C2 Quality Engineer
  • Torque Markings/Quality Alerts: Claudio Enriquez, Assistant Quality Manager and Matt Freeman, CAL
  • ISO 9000: Aslam Saeed, C2 Quality Engineer
  • CAL Calibration to NFS inspection, Matt Freeman, CAL Supervisor
  • Gatekeeper Calibration to CAL inspection: Janice Johnson, Gatekeeper/Team Leader
  • Quality Tip Levels: Ranson Smith, Senior Manager – Quality

UAW Representatives Nayeesha Conway, Kenyetta Boudreaux, and Jimmy Perryman, began walking to the front of the group during a reflection meeting. Carolynn Lofton, Executive Quality Champion grabbed her pen and paper. She prepared to document another UAW concern, when to her surprise, the UAW leaders complimented Detroit Chassis’ management team. They were impressed with the training and shared the high level of confidence they have in the management team’s ability to drive quality improvement.

Cynthia Sanders Retires

Cynthia Sanders Retires


Caring, focused, kind, hardworking and humble are words I could use to help describe Cynthia Sanders, the latest long-term Detroit Chassis UAW Associate to retire, January 2021. She made it clear that there was no interest in having a celebration of any kind. Still, after hearing her story, I convinced her to let us applaud her diligence and noteworthy love and respect for family and the Detroit Chassis community. “I must retire due to health reasons because I can’t physically give it my all, but make no mistake, I love my job. I still do!”

Cynthia came to Detroit Chassis after gaining two years of production experience at another facility and identified as a high-performer along with others that transitioned from that plant. Cynthia prayed that God would bless her with a job and enjoys sharing how her heart’s desire was realized through the opportunity to work at DCPM.a Fteorri alth Haat,ndl serhe committed to never missing work, showing up before start time, and always doing more than expected. “The Lord gave me a job, and I was so excited. Other Associates tease me because my car is alone sitting in the parking in the morning.” Cynthia willingly shares her knowledge and helps other Associates.

Cynthia described herself before coming to Detroit Chassis as a misplaced housewife. She was a mother of five children (four boys and one girl, including a set of fraternal twins). She had gotten them to the point of nearing independence when she lost her sister to Lou Gehrig’s disease. Cynthia opened her heart and home to her nieces and nephew after their mom passed away. The youngest was just two years old. “I determined that I was going to work no matter what! Nothing was going to keep me from doing my job.” Cynthia explained that her check went to pay babysitters and daycare costs. Still, her mission was to remain employed while caring for this extended family graced with an energetic and cheerful little girl, and keeping them safe and happy. She successfully raised all eight children and rejoices because that beautiful girl is now happily married and has a family of her own. Cynthia shared that she convinced the older niece to apply for work at DCP, and she became another high-performing DCP UAW Associate.

“Please say good-bye to Mike and Carlton, and everyone else. Remember to send my special regards to Dennis Edwards. One day he passed me working on the line, and he could tell that I was stressed out. He asked what he could do to help me do my job, and I responded, “I needed a cart.” I am impressed that he took out time to ask me how I was doing, and he made sure that I had what I needed. So, please tell him that the little lady at the end of the Bird Cage said, “Thank you.” I appreciate him, and I am so glad that I got to know him.” – Cynthia Sanders, Retired DCP Associate Enjoy retirement, Cynthia! You earned this accolade.

Thank you for your many contributions and tireless dedication to Detroit Chassis. The best motorhome chassis is built in the Motor City because of Associates like you!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to the entire Detroit Chassis Community of Associates, Suppliers and Stakeholders,

This year has been immensely challenging for many reasons, but most of all because of the tremendous impacts the Covid 19 pandemic has had on our community.

We have been blessed. However, many in our community have lost health, employment and loved ones. We are saddened by the wide-spread suffering we see.

Rather than coming together for a holiday gathering as we have done in previous years, we, as a company, committed to marshal our resources in an effort to assist others in need. We decided to partner with three deserving community organizations, who have a well-established track record in serving basic community needs such as food, shelter and family: Gleaners, United Community Housing Coalition and The Children’s Center. Their services are in great demand. These organizations could not hold their traditional premier fund-raising events, so we sought to help fill the gap.

We partnered with UAW Local 155 to conduct a 2020 Charitable Giving Campaign with a commitment from our owners to match Associates’ giving. Our goal was $10,000. By the end of the 2020 Charitable Giving Campaign, which ran from Monday, December 7th through Friday, December 18th

We far exceeded our target by nearly 60%!

Our total raised is $16,935.00.

“Gleaners’ emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic came swiftly and on a substantial scale, starting in March,” said Terry Collia, director of marketing with Gleaners Community Food Bank. “Given that our monthly food distributions have grown from around 3.5-4 million pounds of food, to nearly 7 million, the support of community partners like Detroit Chassis is essential. On behalf of Gleaners, I want to personally thank the Detroit Chassis team and look forward to your continued involvement with our mission.”

Detroit Chassis Avon partnered with UAW Local 2000, Unit 5, to raise $420.00 for the Genesis House Domestic Violence Center, which was also matched by the owners. In addition, they conducted a food-drive that collected two hundred forty-six (246) pounds of food for The Mission Services of Goodwill Food Pantry and gave the Marines, Toys-for-Tots a full box of new name-brand toys and a beautiful bike.

Detroit Chassis is…
Committed People Delivering
World Champion Performance
to Achieve Customer Joy
On Time, All the Time, Every Time.

This is how we do it! 1DC