The Detroit Chassis plant was launched in 1998 as a purpose built lean assembly plant for rolling chassis. It is designed with flexible assembly lines that accommodate multiple chassis with varying lot sizes and line rates. Additional chassis and sub-assemblies can be launched with minimum lead time and tooling cost.
218,000 square feet on 33 acres,
90,000 units/year capacity
Rail and Truck transport capability
CMM capability for 42 feet vehicles
Multi spindle interlock tooling
EOL Rolls and NGS testing
Class A body panel installations
Detroit Chassis has produced its largest-volume vehicle, the Ford F-53 motor home chassis since 1999, with production starting just eleven months after work began on the facility. The plant has also produced the chassis for the Ford Explorer-based U.S. Postal Service vehicle, a school bus and the Think Neighbor electric low-speed vehicle.
At its inception, the facility was designed to incorporate the latest lean strategies for material handling and assembly. No effort was spared to challenge, critique and evolve the design to optimize niche and low volume build capabilities.