Stellantis’ Etobicoke Casting Plant (ECP) has been recognized by the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) with an “Outstanding” award based on the plant’s 2020 safety record. The 284,000 square-foot facility was built in 1942 and purchased by then Chrysler Corporation in 1964. Currently, the plant manufactures a variety of aluminum die castings for a variety of Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram vehicles in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario.
“Safety remains paramount to all of our operations here at Etobicoke Casting,” said Jeff Langlet, Plant Manager, Etobicoke Casting Plant. “This award from NADCA affirms to our plant family that their efforts, every day and on every shift, make a difference.”
Recent safety enhancements, which contributed to the NADCA award for ECP, include a redesign of specific tooling used for lifting in partnership with the supply vendor; enhanced fail-safe software for die casting machinery, and the installation of forward and reverse cameras on an overhead carrier.
Operating the plant safely during the ongoing pandemic posed a new set of safety challenges, such as required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), physical barriers, social distancing, and more. All of the new protocols were quickly adopted at the ECP.
The annual NADCA Safety Award Program recognizes facilities across North America “with a strong focus on their employee’s safety and well-being.” According to NADCA, “companies with DART (Days Away, Restricted or Transferred) records equal to or less than two (based on 2019’s All Manufacturing Industries’ average of two total recordable cases), are recognized with an ‘Outstanding’ award.”
As an award winner, ECP will be highlighted in the industry-focused Die Casting Engineer magazine and recognized at this year’s Die Casting Congress & Exposition, Oct. 4th to the 6th in Indianapolis, Indiana. EPC previously won a NADCA award in 2014.
EPC was awarded bronze status for its efforts in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) back in February 2019. WCM is a methodology within Stellantis that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality, and safety in a systematic and organized way.