Facility Tours

Tours of facilities are scheduled throughout the academic year. Students also schedule regional tours during break periods, or may join an International Trek. Facility tours provide insight into operations and lean manufacturing. Students are required to attend a minimum of four facility tours. Students learn to:

  • Perform a rapid audit of the state of an operation
  • Judge the relative leanness of an operation
  • Prioritize the targets of opportunity for improvements 
  • Develop an action plan to facilitate improvements

Past facility tours have included:

  • International Trek (Italy)
  • International Trek (Germany)
  • Alcoa (Whitehall, MI)
  • Amazon (Seattle, WA)
  • Arbor Brewing Company (Ypsilanti, MI)
  • Astraeus (Eaton Rapids, MI)
  • BASF (Wyandotte, MI)
  • Boeing (Renton, WA)
  • BorgWarner Technical Center (Auburn Hill, MI)
  • Coca Cola Bottling Company (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • ConAgra (Archibold, OH)
  • Delta Airlines (DTW)
  • Detroit Chassis (Detroit, MI)
  • Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI)
  • Domino's Michigan Distribution Center (New Boston, MI)
  • Domino's Warehouse (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • DTE (Trenton, MI)
  • Eaton (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Ford Rouge (Dearborn, MI)
  • GM (Delta Township)
  • GM (Hamtramck, MI)
  • GM (Lake Orion, MI)
  • Google (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Herman Miller (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Libbey Glass (Toledo, OH)
  • Meijer Bakery & Distribution Center (Middlebury, IN)
  • Meijer Distribution Center (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Menlo Innovations (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Microsoft (Seattle, WA)
  • Perrigo (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • ReCellular (Dexter, MI)
  • Ryder (Lansing, MI)
  • Shinola (Detroit, MI)
  • Steelcase (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Stryker (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Sunset Produce (Coldwater, MI)
  • Thetford (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Thomson-Shore (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Ugly Dog Brewery (Chelsea, MI)
  • UPS (Maumee, OH)
  • UTi (Belleville, MI)
  • Zingerman's Mail Order (Ann Arbor, MI)
2015 Boeing teams touring the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, WA
2014 Stryker Tour for Tauber Institute for Global Operations students (Jiangtao Liu and Benjamin Steadman)
Tauber Institute 2012 Students at the North American International Auto Show
Dominos Pizza, From left to right - Kelsea Ballantyne, Allison Holmgren, and Chris Hildner.
2013 Tauber Institute for Global Operations facility tour Arbor Brewing Company, Ypsilanti, Michigan