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    Washington College students toured the Belcamp, Maryland manufacturing facility of Lifoam Industries LLC.
    Susan Vowels
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    Washington College students toured the Belcamp, Maryland manufacturing facility of Lifoam Industries LLC.
    Susan Vowels
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    Washington College students toured the Belcamp, Maryland manufacturing facility of Lifoam Industries LLC.
    Susan Vowels
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    Washington College students toured the Belcamp, Maryland manufacturing facility of Lifoam Industries LLC.
    Susan Vowels
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    Washington College students toured the Belcamp, Maryland manufacturing facility of Lifoam Industries LLC.
    Susan Vowels
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    Washington College students toured the Belcamp, Maryland manufacturing facility of Lifoam Industries LLC.
    Susan Vowels
December 05, 2012
Belcamp, MD, Dec. 4. Professor Susan Vowels took two students on a tour of the Lifoam Industries plant in Belcamp. The visit, sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of APICS, the Association for Operations Management, enabled students to see MIS concepts in the industrial workplace. 

“Visiting LiFoam,” said Dominic DiMarino (BUS and ECN double-major), “was a great opportunity to reinforce the issues that we address in BUS 304 Management Information Systems. Seeing how LiFoam uses software to track efficiency and product failure rates of employees, while developing new product lines, was very interesting.”

Lifoam is a pioneer in expanded polystyrene, having created the first Styrofoam coolers more than 50 years ago. In addition, the company serves the pharmaceutical market with its Propak line—engineered protective packaging that ensures the safe arrival of fragile and valuable phamaceuticals. 

Prof. Vowels, an active member of APICS, and APICS-certified in supply-chain management, regularly hosts students at APICS activities related to in-class studies. Tyler Shepherd (BUS major, Philosophy minor), saw a connection to another business course: “After being exposed to Toyota’s Kaizen [continuous improvement] in BUS 302 Organizational Behavior, it was interesting to see Kaizen  written on Lifoam’s employee calendars and performance monitor boards within the plant.”


Last modified on Dec. 11th, 2012 at 3:18pm by Susan Vowels.