Allied Garners Ford ‘Best Practices’ Recognition

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November 21, 2013 by   Comments Off on Allied Garners Ford ‘Best Practices’ Recognition

The Decatur, Ind., manufacturing facility for Allied Recreation Group (ARG) was recently awarded recognition from Ford Motor Co.’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) Program. According to a press release, ARG is comprised of leading RV brands, including Fleetwood, American Coach, Monaco and Holiday Rambler.

QVM is Ford’s quality recognition awarded to manufacturer’s that meet “best practices” guidelines. The guidelines are based on an assessment of a modifier’s engineering capability, design and build process controls, management commitment and quality control procedures. Ford developed the QVM Program to assist manufacturers in achieving greater levels of customer satisfaction and product acceptance through the manufacturing of high-quality conversion vehicles. Specifically, the QVM Program requires the following from converters:

• Compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

• Conformance with all Ford industry guidelines for vehicle conversions.

• Annual facility inspection and review of converter’s processes.

• A commitment to continuous improvement

According to Ford, the purpose of this program is to assure vehicle modifiers have the capability and processes in place to complete the vehicle in a repeatable manner – maintaining the integrity of the Ford chassis system while meeting federal and other compliance standards in place at the time of the build, and providing end-users with a quality-built vehicle that meets their expectations.

“Our continued commitment to the quality and safety of our products is a driving force behind the products we deliver to our customers,” stated John Lowry, COO for ARG. “Investments in engineering technology and lean manufacturing have helped us achieve excellence in Ford’s Motor Home Quality Vehicle Modifier Program.”

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