In mid-May, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offered a study abroad program for 14 business students focused on operations management, with a special emphasis on why Ireland has been selected by so many companies as the site for managing their European and International operations
Over a three-week period, the students studied several days each in Dublin, Galway and Cork. After morning classes, they arranged for tours of local operations of Irish or U.S. multinationals in each of those cities during the afternoon. These tours and discussions allowed the students to hear about the opportunities and challenges of doing business from Ireland
IPICS Supply Chain Management Institute were delighted to facilitate the Galway factory tour at the Thermo King Ingersoll Rand site
The students arrived at 13.30 for a meet and greet where they were met by Paddy Joyce, Materials Manager and Gerry Moran, Operations Manager
This was followed by a 2 hour factory tour where the whole experience afforded the students with a great opportunity to see first hand how the concepts they are learning in this and other courses actually applies to the “real world” of operations and manufacturing
The visit concluded with and enthusiastic questions and answers session.
We hope our visitors got what they wanted and have a clear picture that it is more than a favourable tax rate that makes Ireland the site of choice for many International Operations
If you would like IPICS to facilitate a similar tour for a group you are involved with, we would be more than welcome to oblige