Commercial Assembly Plant
A vehicle as advanced as General Motor's HUMMER® H2 could only be made in a plant as advanced as AM General’s automotive facility in Mishawaka, Ind.
Opened in May, 2002, the Commercial Assembly Plant represents the culmination of extraordinary efforts put forth by many people from General Motors and AM General in a unique business arrangement. AM General built the plant specifically to assemble the exciting HUMMER H2 SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) and the SUT (Sport Utility Truck) for General Motors.
The 673,000-square-foot facility sits on about 56 acres of property adjacent to AM General’s HMMWV Assembly Plant. Here the latest technology and the best, most competitive manufacturing practices from around the world come together ensuring new standards of performance. Vehicles are assembled in a "lean manufacturing" environment representing a radical departure from traditional plant techniques. A team approach is used enabling the plant to produce high-quality products at an unprecedented level of efficiency. The focus is on people systems, built-in quality, customer responsiveness and cost, with safety being an overriding priority.
The H2 plant consists of three main manufacturing areas: the body shop, the paint shop and the general assembly area. Among other things, this "wired" factory has 80 miles of Ethernet cable, six miles of phone cable, 2,080 network phone ports and 58,000 feet of fiber optic cable. Always conscious of environmental issues, AM General built the facility with a sophisticated industrial wastewater treatment plant which pretreats process water from the paint shop prior to sending it to the city water treatment facility.
The Commercial Assembly Plant further enhances AM General’s renowned ability to make high-quality, low-volume product with great flexibility and speed.
AM General's HMMWV/H1 and Commercial Assembly Plants have achieved ISO 9001:2000 registration from the Quality Management Institute (QMI), an internationally recognized independent registrar company.
QMI evaluates a company's ability to meet specific quality program standards. The ISO 9001 standard, one of a series adopted by the International Organization for Standardization in 1987, is internationally recognized and establishes the requirements for a company's quality system. AM General has had registration to an ISO standard since 1993.
The newest 2000 revision emphasizes a customer satisfaction process approach and continuous improvement.
Commercial Assembly Plant Quality Policy
Quality begins and ends with the customer. Our goal is to exceed customer expectations through continuous improvement and teamwork.