2015 Team Project Guardian Industries (Fab)

The Challenge:
Guardian Industries currently participates in the float & coat segment (first stage) of the commercial glass value chain. The project aims at strategically analyzing the value stream to find out the best way to get glass out of Guardian’s float plants to the commercial buildings. Subsequently, the team will recommend how far down the value stream should Guardian participate to meet their ambitious growth targets.
Student Team:
Brent Hasenkamp – Master of Business Administration
Shobhit Kumar – Master of Supply Chain Management
Kamala Purnima Pisipati – Master of Supply Chain Management
Project Sponsors:
AJ Berres – Director of Strategy, Guardian Fabrication
Chuck Mowrey – Director, Guardian Fabrication
Faculty Advisors:
Damian Beil – Ross School of Business
Christian Lastoskie – College of Engineering

About Tauber Team Projects:

The 2015 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $500 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $14.3 million per project over 3 years.

Each 2 to 3 person Tauber Team consists of graduate Engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. Along with receiving high-level corporate support from the sponsoring company, each team is advised by a College of Engineering and a Ross School of Business faculty member and overseen by a Tauber Institute Co-Director. The projects begin on-site in May and continue for 14 weeks.  Students present the results of their projects and compete for over $40,000 in scholarships at the U-M Tauber Institute's annual Spotlight! event, held each September in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Spotlight! provides outstanding opportunities for students and corporate partners to establish relationships while exploring innovations in operations and manufacturing.
Access Spotlight! 2015 Guidebook for project details.
2015 Guardian Fabrication Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations
2015 Tauber Team Guardian Fabrication