Upcoming Events


Let’s Preview June 1st -  “Supply Chain Strategy and Process Improvement”

WVLN will hold its next monthly membership meeting on Thursday, June 1st , 8:00 – 11:00 am at SIA Training Center, Lafayette (SR 38 & I-65) with a very special program featuring Mr. Roy Vasher, speaking on “Supply Chain Strategy and Process Improvement”. WVLN in privileged
to have Mr. Vasher present the full-program. Roy will be sharing his experiences/expertise in applying Lean/CI principles to all types of processes within the supply chain … manufacturing, distribution, robotics, administration, etc.  This is a program you will surely want to attend! 


Program Topic:  “Supply Chain Strategy and Process Improvement
Participants will learn how Toyota streamlined and integrated the supply chain to reduce order-to-delivery lead-time and improve flexibility of all components of the supply chain. 
The presentation will analyze all aspects of the supply chain beginning with the consumer’s view point and reflecting on the order fulfillment, distribution, manufacturing, parts ordering, inbound logistics, and suppliers processes.
In addition, the future role of robotics for assembly line kitting operations and fulfillment centers will be previewed. 
The intent will be to make this presentation interactive … participants will be encouraged to compare and contrast their business experience with that of Toyota’s.

Our Speaker:   Roy Vasher
Mr. Vasher began his career at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI.  He served as Information Systems Manager in Ford Division and Finance Staff.  While at Ford, Roy attended a seminar personally taught by Dr. Edward Deming. 
During his 19+ years at Toyota, Roy developed deep insight and experience on how to integrate Information Technology to support lean processes by serving as General Manager, Information Systems, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America.
He has  demonstrated expertise in leading innovation in lean environments for both manufacturing and administrative processes. Roy was instrumental in streamlining and integrating Toyota's North American and European Vehicle Supply Chains to reduce Order-to-Delivery lead-time and optimize vehicle inventory—leading the industry in these innovations.
Roy is currently Assistant Professor of  Management at Purdue University as Instructor of Lean Manufacturing for Purdue’s Executive MBA  Program. Roy is also a Lean Consultant and President of RPV Consulting, LLC. 
Roy co-authored “Toyota's Supply Chain Management: A Strategic Approach to Toyota's  Renowned System.”

We hope you will be able to attend this very special WVLN meeting/program on Thursday, June 1st  8:00 – 11:00 am at SIA Training Center (Lafayette).  Please feel free to invite others in your organization, or peers who you may know, to attend as our guests.

Non-members of WVLN can attend one or two of our meetings as guests (at no-cost), so feel free to invite a friend/peer who might have interest in attending this special program.
Note: If you plan to attend, please respond via an email reply to jmatson@greaterlafayettecommerce.com or phone Greater Lafayette Commerce at (765) 742-4044. Thanks!

Directions to SIA Training Center:
Coming from I-65 turn west on SR 38 to SIA Main Gate.  Stop at security gate and tell them you are attending a lean network meeting in Training Center.  They will probably just wave you on in, or may issue an entry pass that you will leave at security gate when you depart.  After you enter SIA the Training Center complex is to your right.  Turn right at 1st driveway, drive around complex and park near TC lobby entrance (it faces southeast).  Enter building through lobby and auditorium is straight ahead.