Construction in reverse
After experiencing problems with the deactivations of older automotive manufacturing facilities, Chrysler Corporation in 1990 began using a centralized, proactive team approach. A cross-functional team was assembled and worked to create a detailed project management network, or template, that could be customized for use with each new deactivation project. The template delineates specific tasks and guidelines leading to the completion of a facility deactivation. This article overviews the work of the Facility Deactivation Department and describes how the company's use of cross-functional deactivation teams and project management principles brought numerous benefits in such areas as improved health and safety, better environmental protection, and the maximization of return on investment.