Facility Tours 

Facility tours offer an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at continuous improvement in action at various facilities in a variety of industries. An additional fee is required for each tour to participate.

Monday, June 1

Jack Daniels Distillery – 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
VF Imagewear Distribution Center – 12:15 - 3 p.m.
Triumph Aerostructures – 2:15 - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 2

Metro Nashville Airport Authority – 9:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant – 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Bridgestone Americas Inc. – 12:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Times listed are departure and approximate return times from and to the conference hotel. Tour fees are in addition to conference registration fees and space is limited. 

Jack Daniels Distillery — Monday AM — SOLD OUT
Drop by for a firsthand look at our distillery where one of our guides will ac-company you on a tour and tell you the complete story of our whiskey. And you’ll probably hear an interesting story or two about Mr. Jack as well. After-wards, Master Distiller Jeff Arnett plans to join the group and take questions about our processes and, well, answer your questions provided you don’t ask about any trade secrets!

Tour restrictions:

  • Cameras and other type of recording devices are strictly prohibited. Please do not bring cell phones, camera, or any other type of recording device into the plant. 
  • You must wear shirts with at least a 4-inch sleeve and closed-toe shoes. 
  • No flips-flops or sandals are permitted on the tour. 
  • Must be 21 years or older to participate. 

VF Imagewear Distribution Center – Monday PM
We are the global leader in designing, implementing, and managing uniform and career apparel programs. Our workwear brands which include Bulwark®, Red Kap®, Chef De-signs™ and Horace Small®.

Our central distribution hub, strategically situated in Nashville, Tennessee, boasts 200,000+ square feet of inventory space. System-wide wireless real time inventory and automated inventory replenishment allow shipping 95% of all orders within 24 hours. The Nashville hub houses our primary embroidery and tailoring operations. Nearly 10,000 pairs of pants are hemmed to order each day, and all embroidery is done via digital automation.

Triumph Aerostructures — Vought Aircraft Division — Monday PM
Triumph has more than 75 year of experience in aerospace design, manufacturing and assembly. Over the years, we have produced more than 10,000 wings and tail sections for a variety of prime aircraft contractors.

Our 2.1 million square-foot facility is situated on a 100 acre site with an experienced workforce of aircraft mechanics and machinists. We are an optimal transportation hub within a day’s drive to Chicago, gulf ports and Eastern seaboard ports. The company is AS9100-C certified and holds numerous NADCAP and customer quality approvals.

Tour restrictions:

  • No cameras allowed. 
  • No open toe shoes. 
  • No shoes with heels. 
  • Depending on what the weather is like, a light rain jacket or umbrella may be necessary as our campus is spread over 100 acres and may require walking outside between buildings. 

Metro Nashville Airport Authority — Tuesday AM
Nashville International Airport (BNA) opened in 1937 on 340-acres. The airport has expanded over the years to meet increased demand. It now covers more than 4,460 acres of land and is located eight miles from downtown.

Today, more than 10.6 million passengers travel through the airport each year. BNA serves 380 flights daily in more than 50 nonstop markets. BNA's terminal is now more than 1 million square feet and includes about 50 shops and restaurants. BNA was one of the first commercial airports to have a master plan and was one of 12 airports in the country participating in the FAA’s Sustainable Master Plan Pilot program, making sustainability a core objective in airport planning.

MNAA is one of only two Tennessee organizations to receive the 2012 Excellence Award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence The guided tour will include an overview of airport operations.

Tour restrictions:

  • Government issued photo ID required. 
  • Photos are allowed except in specific secured areas such as bag inspection, as directed by the MNAA guides. 

Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant — Tuesday AM — SOLD OUT
Production at Nissan's Smyrna Plant began in June 1983. The vehicle assembly plant has an annual production capacity of 550,000 vehicles and represents a capital investment of more than $2.5 billion. The plant produces the Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Rogue, Nis-san Pathfinder, Infiniti QX60 and the Nissan LEAF. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. The Battery Plant also resides in Smyrna.

Tour restrictions:

  • Cameras and other type of recording devices are strictly prohibited. Please do not bring cell phones, camera, or any other type of recording device into the plant. 
  • You must wear shirts with at least a 4-inch sleeve and closed-toe shoes. 
  • No flips-flops, sandals are permitted on the tour. 
  • Pants preferred but Shorts are acceptable. 

Bridgestone Lavergne Facility — Tuesday PM
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp., the world’s largest tire and rubber company. Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. We will tour the LaVergne, Tennessee manufacturing facility.

The LaVergne facility was built in 1972 and currently has 52 acres under roof. More than 143 different tires are produced at this facility, which is capable of curing over 6,000 truck tires per day.

Tour restrictions:

  • Cameras and other type of recording devices are strictly prohibited. Please do not bring cell phones, camera, or any other type of recording device into the plant. 
  • All visitors must wear safety shoes or plant provided toe protectors. 
  • No open toe shoes. 
  • No flips-flops or sandals are permitted on the tour. 
  • You must wear safety glasses (provided by plant). 



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