Ford Romeo Rolls Out 10 Millionth Engine
“Romeo Engine’s products are powering two of Ford’s iconic vehicles and we focus on quality every minute of every day,” said Plant Manager Shaun Whitehead. “We deal with a great deal of complexity on our lines, and we’ve had very strong quality performance over a very long period of time.”
The engines produced by the Romeo facility are shipped to various Ford plants in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and Canada, according to a press statement by Ford.
“This is a huge accomplishment for our plant,” said Randy Newsom, UAW Local 400 Chairman at Romeo Engine. “We started this plant with a team concept that was really new for Ford when they converted from the tractor plant. Over the years, we’ve stayed consistent in our team approach, with both hourly and salaried employees working together. We strive to be the best engine builders in the world, and we’d like to build another 10 million.”
According to some interested figures provided by the American manufacturer, in 2008, engines produced by the Romeo facility totaled a maximum power of 88.9 million hp. Approximately 140 engines are produced every hour by the plant, Ford said.
“We have more than 600 purchase parts from more than 150 suppliers so we deal with a large amount of intricate processes and parts on our line,” Whitehead said. “We have 11 different models on the line that we handle for seven different assembly plant customers – as well as the Ford Customer Service Division.”