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
Dotson Iron Castings Plant Tour
Join the MLC in Mankato, MN, October 3-4 for a plant tour at Dotson Iron Castings to discover how the company modernized its facility and operations to transform into an industry leader.
Upcoming Plant Tours
At Hershey, a Sweet History and Saltier Future Powered by DigitalMay 8, 2023
From its namesake chocolate bars to the immensely popular Reese’s Cups, The Hershey Company has been a maker of beloved confections for many decades. But no matter which variety is your personal favorite, Hershey’s powerhouse combination of manufacturing, fulfillment and…
Witnessing World Class Manufacturing at Whirlpool CorporationApril 14, 2023
When Whirlpool Corp.’s Findlay Operations began its World Class Manufacturing (WCM) journey in 2018, the effort was envisioned as a standardized way to drive out waste and loss while keeping their customers in mind. In March, the Whirlpool team welcomed…
Exploring Sustainability and Resilience at Schneider Electric’s Smart FactoryDecember 14, 2022
About 100 Manufacturing Leadership Council members, associate members, guests, and staff descended on Lexington, Ky., in November for a tour of Schneider Electric’s smart factory – a 65-year-old brownfield facility that showcases artificial intelligence, augmented reality, remote monitoring, and predictive…
Creating the Future Workforce at Lincoln ElectricSeptember 1, 2022
Lincoln Electric has a long and storied history since its 1895 founding in Cleveland, Ohio, as a manufacturer of electric motors. Today, it is a global industry leader in welding equipment and consumables, additive manufacturing, and automation solutions, and has…
Experiencing M4.0 at The Smart Factory @ Wichita TourJune 22, 2022
Manufacturing Leadership Council members toured The Smart Factory @ Wichita to see the latest Manufacturing 4.0 technologies at the showcase factory.
At IPG, A Relentless Focus on Business ValueApril 28, 2022
For Intertape Polymer Group, a manufacturer of paper- and film-based packaging products, the last six years have been a time of significant growth – and change. Revenue during that period doubled from $750 million to $1.5 billion at the end…
IBM Plant Tour: Driving Innovation Through Relentless ReinventionMay 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…
Nexteer’s Tracing System Drives Global Manufacturing ImprovementsAugust 24, 2021
Nexteer Automotive is on a mission to make driving a car safer, more fuel-efficient, and future-focused through its production of steering and driveline safety-critical car and truck electronic and hydraulic power products. In addition to electric and hydraulic power steering…
Manufacturing Cyber Security: MxD’s Protection FrameworkFebruary 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…
Teaching Analog Systems Digital TricksJanuary 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…
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 ManufacturerNovember 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.
At Plant Tour, Amway Details its High-Performance Workforce InitiativeNovember 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…