$2,975 – $3,065

ILC Kentucky Lean Tour

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Downtown Hilton

369 W Vine St, Lexington

Lexington, KY 40507

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Are you curious to see how Lean is practiced at the company that helped create it? The Iowa Lean Consortium's Kentucky Lean Tour will explore the best practices in Lean leadership by taking ILC members on an in-depth walking tour of the largest Toyota plant in the world.

This event will be led by Mike Hoseus, executive director of the Center of Quality People & Organizations and co-author of the book Toyota Culture. Participants will get unparalleled insight on the factory floor of Toyota's largest plant. You'll get a first-hand view of Toyota's culture of continuous improvement and leadership development programs, and you'll create a tangible action plan on how to take your own Lean program to the next level.

Registration for this May 5-7 event also includes a tour of Woodford Reserve Bourbon Distillery, but it does not include transportation to Kentucky or hotel accommodations. This event is for ILC members only.


What airport do you recommend?

Blue Grass Airport, Lexington Airport Code is LEX

What hotel do you reccommend?

Downtown Hilton in Lexington. You can use this HiltonLink to book your reservation online. https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/L/LEXDTHF-CIRAS5-20200504/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

All classroom work will take place at the Downtown Hilton and all tours will leave from this location.

Do I need to rent a car?

There is a free shuttle from the airport to the Downtown Hilton. All transportation to event activities will be provided via bus. There are many establishments within walking distance of the hotel. You should not need to rent a car.

Approximate agenda for the week. Some agenda items may be in a different order.


7:00 - Breakfast

8:00 - Welcome, Expectations, Ice-Breaker & Lean Leadership System – Mike Hoseus

9:15 - Break

9:30 - Lean Leadership System Continued – Mike Hoseus

11:00 – Depart for Advanced Manufacturing Training Center and TMMK

11:30 – Working Lunch – Presentation & Discussion on Toyota Training

12:00 - Walking Tour – Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Training Center

1:00 – Travel to TMMK

1:30 – Tour of TMMK

2:45 – Return to Hotel (Snack Waiting)

3:30 – Reflection of Tour, Lessons Learned – Mike Hoseus

5:00 – Wrap up, plan for Day 2 and adjourn


7:00 – Breakfast

8:00 – Leading Lean Work System – Mike Hoseus

9:15 – Break

9:30 - – Leading Lean People System – Mike Hoseus

- Simulation Group Exercise

10:45 – Break

11:00 - Testimony of former Toyota Group Leader – The Role of the Lean Supervisor

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 – Depart for Plant Tour & Gemba Walk – Hyster/Yale (Berea, KY)

2:00 – Plant Tour, Gemba Walk and Discussion with Leadership Team

4:30 – Travel to Woodford Reserve Distillery Tour

5:30 – Distillery Tour

6:30 – Team Dinner and Guest Speaker – Former Toyota Leader

8:30 – Depart to Hotel

9:00 – Arrive back to Hotel


7:00 – Breakfast

7:30 - Depart for Plant Tour (TBD)

9:00 – Tour and Gemba Walk and Discussion with Plant Leadership Team

11:00 - Return back to Lexington Bus Ride Discussion – Tour Debrief

12:30 – Lunch at Hotel

1:30 – Leading Lean Management System – Mike Hoseus

2:45 – Break

3:00 – Leading Lean “High Level Lean Assessment” and Final Q&A

3:45 – Final Debrief and Summary

4:00 – Dismiss

What is the cancellation policy for this event?

Refunds will be issued, minus a $150 processing fee, if cancellation is received on or before 45 days prior to the tour start date (March 22). No refunds are available within 45 days of the tour start date. Substitutions are allowed without penalty.

Other questions? Please contact us at iowalean@iastate.edu

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Downtown Hilton

369 W Vine St, Lexington

Lexington, KY 40507

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