Adient Plant Tour

August 14-15, 2018 | West Point, GA
Theme: High Performance Teams & Empowering Workforce

Join the Manufacturing Leadership Council at the Adient facility in West Point, GA for an opportunity to tour the facility and learn about how an engaged workforce drives operational excellence. You will have an opportunity to see how Adient is focusing on a high performance team approach and how that works within the Adient Manufacturing System. This facility is an excellent representation of how customer focus, a stable operating environment, and zero tolerance for waste make Adient a world class manufacturer.

Adient’s West Point facility provides complete seat systems for the Kia Optima vehicle in a just-in-time/just-in-sequence manner. 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 to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please visit

Walk Away With Actionable Insights

Attend this plant tour, which will be followed by a panel and executive roundtable discussion on high performing teams, and walk away with actionable insights, including:


High performance teams using a metric driven approach


The Adient Manufacturing System


Just in time manufacturing and delivery to the customer


Automation including collaborative robots, automatic guided carts for material transport, and electronic Kanban for material replenishment

Space is limited for this tour! Register today to secure your spot.


August 14, 2018

6:00pm CST/ 7:00pm EST Networking Dinner

August 15, 2018

7:00am CST/ 8:00am EST Breakfast & Registration at Hotel
8:00am CST/ 9:00am EST  Executive Welcome at Hotel
9:30CST CST/ 10:30am EST  Depart for Adient
10am to 1pm CST/ 11am to 2pm EST  Plant Tour
1pm to 1:45pm CST/ 2pm to 2:45pm EST Networking Lunch
1:45pm to 4:00pm CST/ 2:45pm to 5:00pm EST  Panel & Roundtable Discussion
4:00pm CST/ 5:00pm EST  Depart back to Hotel

Please note: The hotel operates in Central Time, while the Adient Plant and Atlanta Airport operate in Eastern Time. 

Hosted By

Jeff Klabunde
Executive Director, Manufacturing Excellence
Manufacturing Leadership Council Member

Jeff Klabunde

Executive Director, Manufacturing Excellence, Adient

Jeff Klabunde

Executive Director, Manufacturing Excellence, Adient

Jeff is executive director, manufacturing excellence for Adient, the recently spun off automotive seating business of Johnson Controls. He has been with the company for 24 years and served in a variety of leadership roles ranging from accounting, program management to operations. Klabunde is a results-oriented leader focused on world class manufacturing through the practical application of lean principles. Klabunde has a deep passion for lean and has been instrumental in developing the Adient Manufacturing System and transforming Adient into one of the most operationally capable companies in the world. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Klabunde worked for UNOCAL (Union Oil of California) in various financial functions. Klabunde holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Accounting and Business Administration from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

International Airport:

75 miles (1 hour 15 mins): Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL / KATL)

Domestic Airport:

35 miles (30 mins): Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG / KCSG)

Local Airport:

11 miles (20 mins): Lanette Municipal (LNT)
17 miles (25 mins): LaGrange-Callaway Airport (LGC / KLGC)
20 miles (30 mins): Callaway Gardens GA (CWG)

Where to Stay:

Group Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Auburn/Opelika in Auburn, AL
Discounted room rate: $104
Book by: Saturday, July 21, 2018 (in order to secure this rate and availability)
To make your reservations online, click here.
To make your reservations by phone, call (334) 502-3500 and reference Manufacturing Leadership Adient Plant Tour


If you have any questions about this or another upcoming Plant Tour & Executive Roundtable. Please complete the form below or email Lauren Jaeger at

The Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Executive Plant Tour and Roundtable events are made possible by the members for members and guests. Council members participate as part of their annual membership, and non-members may attend for a fee.