Last Updated: 11:32 am | Friday, June 5, 2009
Workers at Ford's Sharonville Transmission plant from 1974-79 knew him. He was foreman of Dept. 258. Boss of torque converters. The bleeping "college boy" from Procter & Gamble. The maverick manager who took notes and stuffed memos in his pockets, waiting to save enough money to escape and write an autopsy of the auto industry.
If They Can Build Them; Why Can't We?
Jerry Flint, 05.28.09, 06:00 PM EDT
Stubborn unions, a culture of conflict, poor quality and bad political decisions helped cripple Detroit.
Listen to Robert Dewar, who worked at Ford's Sharonville, Ohio, transmission plant in the late 1970s: "Final quality fluctuated with the amount of power granted to the Quality Control Department. When sales were strong and growing, QC was treated like an annoyance that was getting in the way of making the numbers. If a QC supervisor tried to be a hero, and made a stand, production simply went to engineering and got an 'engineering deviation,' which allowed the use of defective parts in the interests of production. So much for control of quality."
Tue Jun 2, 2009
Robert J. Dewar "A Savage Factory: the Auto Industry's Self_-Destruction
Re-Broadcast of Robert Dewar, author of "A Savage Factory: An Eyewitness Account of the Auto Industry's Self-Destruction" joins us to discuss The GM and Chrysler Bankruptcies. Let's talk Monday night!___________________________________________________________________