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Two of the hottest vehicles in North America are being made in the St. Louis area, and on the morning of April 24, members of Olin’s Supply Chain & Operations Association saw the production process up close.

Guest blogger: Justin Tardiff, MBA 2016

GM’s Wentzville Assembly plant produces the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks, along with the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana. After adding a third shift this spring, the plant is presently producing around 930 vehicles a day, with a goal of pushing that number up to 990 vehicles. This increase in production is well warranted as demand has been very strong: in March, the Chevrolet Colorado crew cab was the fastest selling pickup truck in the United States.

A Chevrolet Express full-size van makes its way through an early station of general assembly.

A Chevrolet Express full-size van makes its way through an early station of general assembly.

After an overview of the plant’s history and supply chain structure, as well as safety procedures, the group donned orange vests and headed out onto the plant floor. Material Director Mark Rhoades and Material Planner Mary Beth Natoli led the group on a tour of general assembly, pointing out aspects of GMS: the company’s manufacturing process strategy.

The single assembly line produces vehicles ranging from cut-away full-size vans (essentially, a van with only the cab portion, with the rear transformed by aftermarket suppliers to a moving truck or shuttle bus) to crew cab pickup trucks with a number of engine sizes. With such a variety of vehicle types and few interchangeable parts, the plant relies on RF (radio frequency) technologies and part picking to ensure that the right parts are paired with the right vehicle at the right time, while maintaining lean inventories and identifying areas for savings.

The Olin Supply Chain & Operations Association  poses in front of a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado crew cab.

The Olin Supply Chain & Operations Association poses in front of a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado crew cab.


The tour concluded with a Q&A segment and an overview of future projects for Wentzville Assembly, along with a conversation about the challenges of collaboration between supply chain leaders and engineers to ensure a balance of quality and efficiency.

We are grateful to Mark Rhoades, Mary Beth Natoli, and the entire staff of GM Wentzville Assembly for their insight and hospitality.




Top image: 2015 Chevy Colorado, from www.caranddriver.com

MBA students took center stage in the Frick Forum on Monday, March 23, to share their platforms and ideas for Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) Executive positions while also taking questions from the audience of their peers and classmates.

IMG_9706Voting is open from March 25-28 for all positions including:

GBSA President,

VP of Social,

VP of Honor,

VP of Finance,

VP of International Affairs,

VP of Diversity. and

VP of Communications and External Relations.

We are excited and thrilled to see who emerges as the leader for the 2015-16 academic year!

Welcome the year of the horse with a wonderful night of delicious East-Asian food, mysterious oriental dances, beautiful songs, and fun activities. Please join us!

February is going to be a big time for the celebration of 2014 Lunar New Year. The Great China Club (GCC), collaborating with Korean Olin Student Association (KOSA) and Olin Japan Association (OJA), is enthusiastically organizing a celebration party with cultural performances and exciting activities. Don’t miss this excellent and meaningful social event at Olin!

Tickets are available in the Flag Hallway: $15

Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the longest and most important holiday on the Chinese calendar. Lunar New Year’ Eve in 2014 begins on Jan. 31. It is the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Zodiac.

Lunar new year 2014The biggest event of Chinese New Year’s Eve is the dinner every family will have. Families will have reunions just as people do on Thanksgiving in the U.S.  At midnight, fireworks and firecrackers will light up the whole sky, which according to tradition is to scare away evil spirits. The burning of firecrackers also signifies a joyful time of year and has become an integral aspect of Chinese New Year celebrations.

More Lunar Year Festivities

At Wash U’s Edison Theater, Friday, Jan. 31 at 2:00pm; or Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7:00pm,
“Strength in Motion,” a lively showcase of music, drama, and cultural dance, including the traditional lion and Chinese Fan dances and the modern Fusion dance will be presented to celebrate Lunar New Year. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the Edison Theatre Box Office in the Mallinckrodt building. Visit  for more information.