March 13, 2018
The Athens State student chapter of APICS (The Association for Operations and Supply Chain Management) recently sponsored a tour of Tyonek Manufacturing Group, Inc. (TMG) located in Madison, AL. Tyonek works with the Department of Defense and large Defense Original Equipment Manufacturers. Tyonek uses extensive prototyping and low-to-high-rate production, electrical, and mechanical manufacturing capabilities that focus on delivering high quality, rapid response to time sensitive, complex manufacturing requirements. The Madison facility serves as TMG corporate headquarters as well as a main production facility. The state-of-the-art facility is situated on over 30 acres and spans over 100,000 square feet.
Under the guidance of Mr. Tim Rhodes, Program Manager and Engineer, students from the College of Business at Athens State toured areas such as the Paint and Plating shop, the Mechanical Assembly and Large Integration space, Precision Machine and Sheet Metal shop, Welding, Engineering Prototype Labs, and more. Students learned how Tyonek incorporates practices such as Lean Manufacturing, Quality Management Systems, and contract management in their operations.
APICS is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. The Athens State student chapter of APICS was formed in 2015. Current officers are Melissa Rogers (President), James Chandler (Vice-President), Valerie Holmes (Secretary), Chris Moss (Service Project Coordinator), and Lynn Frank (Social Media Coordinator). Faculty advisors for the club are Dr. Mike Essary and Dr. Kim Roberts.