Adient manufacturing facility named one of the best plants in North America

Automotive seating supplier’s Lerma, Mexico plant recognized by IndustryWeek with Best Plants Award

PLYMOUTH, Mich., March 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Adient’s seat manufacturing plant in Lerma, Mexico has been selected as one of the best plants in North America in IndustryWeek magazine’s 2017 Best Plants Awards competition.


Adient is the global leader in automotive seating. Its Lerma facility is a just-in-time (JIT) plant that assembles components such as metal seat frames, foam and complete seats and produces trim covers for major automakers.

The location has more than 800 employees.

The annual IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards program recognizes plants in North America that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness; enhance customer satisfaction; and create stimulating and rewarding work environments.

All of the 238 plants in Adient’s worldwide manufacturing network follow the Adient Manufacturing System (AMS) to ensure operational excellence, which was a contributing factor in the plant’s selection.

“The Adient Manufacturing System allows us to achieve operational excellence and differentiate ourselves from our competitors,” said Jeff Klabunde, executive director of manufacturing excellence for Adient. “AMS helps plants focus on the customer and maintain a stable operating environment while driving out waste.”

“We are honored that Lerma has received this recognition,” said Fernando Buchholz Valencia, plant manager of the Lerma facility. “Our employees’ dedication to delivering outstanding service to our customers is one of the biggest reasons we received this award.”

About Adient:

Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 85,000 employees operating 238 manufacturing/assembly plants in 34 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat-making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please visit

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