Plant Tours

Each plant tour offers a unique opportunity to dialog with peers from across industries and functions about best practices, challenges and solutions to moving the manufacturing enterprise forward.

  • Discover proven solutions to common challenges
    Discuss the challenges and discover the solutions that led to meaningful success stories.
  • Expand your thinking
    Open your mind to new processes or practices you can put in place to achieve greater operational excellence and efficiency.
  • Benchmark your performance:
    Benchmark your factory’s performance against other state-of-the-art factories.
  • Bring back new ideas:
    Walk away with new ideas you can bring back to your company and implement faster.

Featured Plant Tour

Nexteer’s Digital Trace™ Manufacturing: Integration of M4.0 Technologies

Join the Manufacturing Leadership Council for an inside look at one of Nexteer’s most innovative manufacturing plants.

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Upcoming Plant Tours

Tour Summaries

Critical Issue: Factories of the Future

IBM Plant Tour: Driving Innovation Through Relentless Reinvention

May 7, 2021

IBM’s digital journey is keenly focused on building a cognitive enterprise that embraces an agile culture of innovation, combined with a client focus that leverages exponential technologies to deliver greater value. IBM executives on the MLC’s recent virtual tour of…

Critical Issue: Cybersecurity in Manufacturing

Manufacturing Cyber Security: MxD’s Protection Framework

February 25, 2021

As manufacturers accelerate the deployment of digital technologies to modernize and interconnect their facilities and supply chains, they also open up new risks for cyber-attacks, stressed Chandra Brown, CEO of MxD, during a recent virtual plant tour for Manufacturing Leadership…

Ideas & Insights

Teaching Analog Systems Digital Tricks

January 14, 2021

Manufacturing Leadership Council members recently took a virtual tour around MxD’s Innovation Center in Chicago to learn how to integrate digital manufacturing technologies using existing legacy equipment in ways that can help increase agility without breaking the bank or getting…

Plant Tour reviews

Hunting for Treasure at Intertape Polymer Group Inc.

March 17, 2020

“Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.” While that old saying might be a maxim for household budgeting, it also could describe Intertape Polymer Group Inc.’s (IPG) approach to developing an award-winning energy management program. Its…


Clif Bar: A ‘Different Kind’ of Manufacturer

November 20, 2019

Manufacturing Leadership Council members toured Clif Bar’s three-year old energy bar plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, and learned about the company’s 5 Aspirations business model.

Critical Issue: Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

At Plant Tour, Amway Details its High-Performance Workforce Initiative

November 1, 2019

In 1979, McDonald’s launched the Happy Meal, ESPN hit the airwaves for the first time, and Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” became the first Top 40 rap single. It was also a year when Amway undertook a massive hiring effort for…

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