April 9, 2024 - April 11, 2024 ET
Louisville, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana
Why you should attend
Learn the secrets of lean manufacturing, a journey fraught with challenges, false starts, and stops. Gain insights into proper leadership, commitment, and development required for success.
$5,500 includes two nights hotel, all meals, and transportation during tour
Seats are limited.Apply to attend
Go and See, Ask Why, and Show Respect
The Lean Enterprise Institute has joined forces with Toyota to offer an exclusive and private learning experience, taking you behind the scenes at both Toyota Motor Manufacturing and GE Appliances. The aim of this partnership is to provide valuable insights into the world of lean manufacturing and the principles that drive success.
In just three short days, gain insights into:
- The Leadership Role: Understand the critical role of leadership in driving lean success.
- Success and Failure Modes: Learn from both successes and failures to avoid common pitfalls.
- Technical Tools and Management Requirements: Discover the essential tools and management practices for achieving success.
- TPS as a Business Strategy: See how TPS is not just an operational component but an overarching business strategy.
Embark on a Journey with Inspiring Companies
GE Appliances serves as a compelling example of what can be accomplished through such a journey. In a bold move, they invested over $1 billion dollars in new plants, equipment, and technology. Additionally, they took the innovative step of insourcing the manufacturing of many new products and prioritizing employee training. While they undoubtedly encountered numerous hurdles along the way, they successfully overcame them by integrating lean learning into their leadership and fostering a culture of problem solvers.
At Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, you will witness the Toyota Production System (TPS) in action at its finest, right here in America. During this experience, you will not only learn about the challenges the plant faces and the ongoing work to address them, but you will also witness Toyota’s collaboration with its suppliers to ensure the highest possible quality and the shortest lead time.
Who Should Attend
All levels of management from vice-president to continuous improvement and operational excellence managers.
We recommend attending with at least one other person from your organization. With a learning partner, you’ll be able to compare and discuss how the learning-tour companies’ practices might apply to your company.
You can cancel your registration for this learning tour four weeks before the tour start date for a full refund. A cancellation occurring within two to four weeks of the tour dates will be subject to 50% of your registration fee. A cancellation occurring after two weeks will not be refunded. To cancel, please call LEI at (617) 871-2900 or email email@example.com.
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President and Executive Team Leader
Lean Enterprise Institute
Joshua Howell is president and executive team leader at the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI). For over a decade, he has supported individuals and organizations with lean transformations for improved business performance. As a coach, he helps people become lean thinkers and practitioners through experiential learning, believing such an approach can lead to enterprise-wide improvement. Regular e-letters […]Read more about Josh Howell
President, Toyota, TSSC
Senior Advisor, Lean Enterprise Institute
John Shook learned about lean management while working for Toyota for 11 years in Japan and the U.S., helping it transfer production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to NUMMI and other operations around the world. While at Toyota’s headquarters, he became the company’s first American kacho (manager) in Japan. In the U.S., Shook joined […]Read more about John Shook
“What a great week of learning! I am very energized to get back to our Gemba. Appreciate everything LEI did to give us the best Lean learning experience anyone could have. Everyday was filled with great learning. John’s wrap up teaching at the end was priceless. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone pursuing TPS.”
President, Loren’s BodyShop, Inc.
“I was so impressed. One of the most positive takeaways was interacting with people from different industries; people that I normally wouldn’t have interacted with. I really enjoyed the [Toyota] plant tour. Probably the most impactful time for me was in the huddle room; seeing where the plant president stands every morning at 8.30.”
senior director, performance excellence, Alliance Radiology,
“It was especially apparent when we went to Summit Polymers that you don’t need to have big, fancy, sophisticated computer systems … if you really build a robust process and you have people who really understand it well and live it and who do it day-in and day-out, that’s far more effective than just saying, “Oh, here’s software that’s going to solve our problems.”
ean specialist, Ingredion Incorporate
“The training team from LEI was nothing short of amazing. I was completely impressed with the professionalism, knowledge. Helpful nature of this team. Thank you for hosting this. I will go back to Elkay as a much better lean thinker.”
Assembly Supervisor, Elkay