Can Wabash Center assist the community in going green?
The simple answer, yes – but the opportunity comes with a long list of considerations before signing on. In spring 2010, DCMME/GSCMI graduate assistants under the guidance of Managing Director Mary Pilotte, had the unique opportunity to present to Wabash Center’s executives (http://www.wabashcenter.com/), a detailed overview of the E-Waste Recycling industry and unique operating platform. Wabash Center is a nonprofi t organization home to a number of programs and services that work to enhance the quality of life of those with disabilities or special needs. The desire to learn more about the E-Waste industry was brought forth by Jeff Darling, President and CEO of Wabash Center after learning that the greater Lafayette region might have an opportunity to develop such capabilities. After 8 weeks of research, students Manminder Singh (MBA 2011), Jenny Tvedt (MBA 2011), and Mark Wolfred (MBA 2010) presented their detailed fi ndings to the Wabash Center team.
The review included:
1. A “big picture” view of the industry including investment requirements and regulatory demands.
2. An in depth explanation of the E-Waste supply chain, including a video of the actual recycling and reclamation processes, and development of a model supply chain view.
3. Financial considerations related to successful operations.
4. Ideas related to marketing and collecting the E-Waste.
5. Recommendations as to where Wabash Center could fi t into the regional industry landscape. While the materials and information shared were in no way exhaustive, the consultant level presentation left the Wabash Center team better informed regarding questions to ask and issues to resolve prior to considering next steps. The first presentation also leads to a subsequent report out to a larger community audience. We thank Wabash Center for yet another opportunity to assist their team, this community, and for providing contextual learning for MBA students at the Centers involved in the project.
GSCMI helps north central Indiana with emerging industries and markets
It was mid-summer 2009 and the dire situation facing Kokomo Indiana was in all the news across the state. The automotive industry was in full crisis and the long-standing relationship between industrial giants Chrysler, Delphi Electronics and the Howard county region was equally fragile. It was a random video piece launched by the BBC that brought the DCMME/GSCMI Centers, - just 45 miles from Kokomo, in contact with the extraordinary mindset of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance (GKEDA) team. They were on a mission to help revitalized their community, and under the leadership of GSCMI Director, Dr. Ananth Iyer, a great story of collaboration between academia, industry and community was about to unfold. Dr. Iyer had a vision of helping firms and communities look at themselves in terms of capabilities rather than their existing products or markets. Jeb Conrad, CEO and President agreed that the idea of “Supply Chain Transformation” had met the right community at the right time. The Alliance and GSCMI began developing the idea of creating an Economic Development Supply Chain Transformation tool, in which local capabilities could be viewed under new light and matched and/or easily adapted to emerging industries such as alternative energy, medical devices, food processing, warehousing and the next generation of advanced manufacturing.
With generous funding from the Walmart Foundation and Duke Energy, the project was launched in late fall 2009, and fi rst prototypes were shared with the GKEDA team spring 2010. The completed project, scheduled to wrap up in July 2010, will deliver a functioning industrial community capability database, such that GKEDA can quickly represent their community and it’s valuable resources through a variety of lenses and views. The overall project objective is to increase opportunities for new business development in Howard County and the greater Kokomo region. In the words of the GKEDA team, “This program will set GKEDA apart assisting in distinguishing our community from others we compete within economic development.”