Monday, March 18, 2013

Logistics Tour


Last week Bud Houck, Distribution Center Manager, and David Norrod, Shift Supervisor, treated Vol State Students and Faculty to a tour of A. O. Smith Corporation's 600,000 square foot water heater distribution center in Ashland City. Bud and David showed their Vol State visitors A. O. Smith's innovative methods for loading / unloading trucks, material handling, scanning, documentation, labeling, safety, and security.

Bud Houck is a graduate of the Vol State LGM program.Over the last 16 months, Bud Houck has participated in events for APICS, ISM, and CSCMP.

The Ashland City Distribution Center not only handles products manufactured at A. O. Smith's Tennessee facilities, but also ships to and receives water heater products from many other A. O. Smith facilities, including China and Mexico.

Before the tour, Bud Houck told the Vol State group about the history of the Distribution Center, including how the facility recovered from the flood of May 2010 (6 feet of water throughout the facility), and the huge influx of water heater orders from the Northeast generated by Hurricane Sandy's storm damage to homes and businesses in NY, NJ, and CT.

Participating in the A. O. Smith tour were (left to right below) Associate Professor George Wilson, Deborah Dockins, Carrie Irvin, Supervisor David Norrod, Karen Albritton, Brenda Fennell, Asjunct Instructor Beverly Wilson, Manager Bud Houck, Dawn Leady, and John Kemper.

Brenda Fennell and Deborah Dockins both work at Lochinvar, an A. O. Smith facility in Lebanon, so Brenda and Deborah were particularly interested in touring the Ashland City Distribution Center.

-George Wilson, Vol State Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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