Trucking Ahead

by Sarah Borich - Cedarville, OH

Six Cedarville University seniors recently received a unique opportunity to use their growing skills as well as to participate in the local business community. In February, International Truck and Engine Corporation, located in Springfield, Ohio, invited Associate Professor of Management John LeBlanc’s “Advanced Operations” students to visit its facility and to conduct a process evaluation in the cab assembly area. Over the next two months, the students spent 70 hours outside the classroom “value stream mapping” the cab assembly process and creating three distinct process maps.

On April 26, the team presented their findings to International Truck’s general manager for all facilities. They showed, using their process maps, how the company could save $300,000 per year with no additional money expended. They also showed how, if the company invested $300,000 in equipment, the savings could be $1,500,000 per year. “International Truck was exceedingly happy with the students’ presentation,” remarked LeBlanc. “In fact, they’re looking into creating two new internships for Cedarville students.”

Following the presentation, International Truck brought its “CST-SUV” creation to campus. The students enjoyed getting to drive this new $110,000 sport utility vehicle.

Involved in the project were seniors Brian Geringer, Andrew Harsh, Aubrey Samuelsen, Tim Sandlund, Casey Jeffcoate, and David Fuls. Previous senior capstone operations management projects have involved businesses such as The Antioch Company (Creative Memories), Pentaflex, Rittal, and YSI, Inc.