Nine members of the UW-Eau Claire student chapter of APICS: The Association for Operations Management participated in the 14th Annual Great Lakes District Case Competition February 20-21, 2009. The competition was held at the Double Tree Hotel, located in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Twenty-eight teams from twenty-six universities in the Great Lakes District competed. The teams were presented with an operations management problem at 10:00 pm and had until 10:30 the next morning to develop a strategy for solving the problem. A written proposal was submitted to the judges and a presentation was given to the entire group.
Students were asked to develop a strategy to help Toyota overcome a projected loss; the company’s first in seventy-two years. The UW-Eau Claire team, which placed third in the competition, succeeded in developing a lean manufacturing solution that increased demand and kept Toyota ahead of its competition with minimal costs.
Terry Wells, UW-Eau Claire Department of Management and Marketing, is the adviser for the APICS student chapter.
Members of the UW-Eau Claire team included (front row, left to right) Molly Bohnert (senior management major from Stillwater, MN), Geoff Bourassa (senior marketing analytics major from Rogers, MN), Sarah Lingen (senior HR management major from Bloomer, WI), Emilee Duffey (senior operations management major from Woodbury, MN), Larry Haus (senior operations management major from Eau Claire, WI), and (back row, left to right) Brad Kuhnen (senior management major from Chippewa Falls, WI), Mark Gessner (senior operations management major from Eau Claire, WI) , Bill Reichert (junior management major from North Oaks, MN, and Andy Stachowiak (senior operations management major from Cudahy, WI).