The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

UT Lean Enterprise Summer Program


Corporate Partners

Corporate partners participating in the program:

Aqua Chem

Aqua-Chem is the leader in providing Global Water Solutions. They develop innovative and comprehensive water solutions for the Military, Pharmaceutical, Offshore Oil and Gas, Industrials, Bottled Water, Commercial Marine, and Micro-utilities markets. They build water processing systems with custom engineering and cutting edge technology; using high quality in-house manufacturing, superior components, and the highest quality customer service.

Advanced Catalyst Systems

Advanced Catalyst Systems, LLC (ACS), is a vertically integrated manufacturer of PGM catalysts for Power Generation and Utilization Markets. Our catalysts are used in Power Plants, Internal Combustion Engines, Industrial Ovens, Fume Incinerators, and Inert Gas Production Plants. We also manufacture the award winning Platinum Bright Embers sold for gas fireplaces on 3 continents. ACS has integrated each step of the catalyst manufacturing process into our 30,000ft2 manufacturing facility in Maryville, TN. Producing all sheet metal components, catalyst precursors, and precious metal formulations in house allows us to be the low cost producer and to respond rapidly to design changes and prototype development. ACS maintains a captive laboratory for catalyst testing, design, and optimization. Let us put our expertise to work for you.

Boatmate Trailers, LLC

Boatmate Trailers is dedicated to building the highest quality premium boat trailers available. At Boatmate Trailers we push our passion to the limit to deliver more than you expect. Our innovative styling and superior construction provides a boat trailer that looks better and goes farther. We know our customers work hard, play hard and depend on our products to give them the most out of every outing. That’s why we focus on exceeding expectations by providing a product you can trust and a knowledgeable staff to provide the quality service you deserve. Our team of dedicated professionals continues to raise the bar setting industry trends and positioning Boatmate Trailers as the market leader. We have developed a unique culture that promotes thinking outside of the box while keeping focus on continuous improvement. This focus is what enables us to provide our customers with superior products for the best value.


Carlex is a global manufacturer of automotive glass for both the OEM and Aftermarket. In 1989, Central Glass Japan established Central Glass America Inc., and through it, Carlex Glass Company was established as a joint venture with Ford Motor Company. The purpose of this newly established joint venture was the manufacturing and selling of automotive glass through our Vonore, TN. location. In 1995, Carlex Glass Company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Central Glass after dissolving the joint venture with Ford Motor Company. In 2011, Carlex acquired automotive glass assets from Zeledyne, which included their float and automotive fabricated glass plant in Nashville, Tennessee (originally owned by Ford), and the automotive replacement glass distribution center in Lebanon, Tenn. Carlex is now the exclusive distributor of Carlite branded parts for the aftermarket in the United States. Carlex is a subsidiary of Central Glass Co., Ltd., a Japanese manufacturer of glass, chemicals, fertilizers and glass fiber

Commercial Vehicle Group

Headquartered in New Albany, Ohio, Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (CVG) has a history that dates back to 2000 when the leadership team identified the need for a unified company that could more fully support the increasing demands and provide custom solutions to original equipment manufacturers. They envisioned an integrated company that could offer comprehensive product lines, reputable brand names and leading edge technology in diverse markets and locations. Due to the company’s success, a string of strategic acquisition and an increased global presence, CVG made the decision to go public on August 4, 2004 and are publicly traded on the NASDAQ with a stock symbol of CVGI.

Covenant Health, Fort Sanders Regional

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, located in downtown Knoxville, traces its beginnings to May 29, 1919, when a charter was received for a new hospital to be built on the site of the Civil War Battle of Fort Sanders. As construction proceeded on Fort Sanders Hospital, cannon balls and Indian relics were found on the building site. That same year, an affiliated school of nursing accepted its first students. In 1954 the hospital's management was assumed by Knoxville Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church U.S., and the name was changed to Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital. The relationship remained until 1979 when an organizational restructuring changed the name of the institution to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center which included the hospital, several clinical specialty programs, the School of Nursing and the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center (opened in 1978 and named in honor of actress Patricia Neal, a Knoxville native and survivor of three massive strokes). During its "growing years," Fort Sanders hospital became a comprehensive facility that offered the community some important "firsts" - in the 1920s, the first ambulance service in the area, and in the 1940s, the first private hospital to have the new "wonder drug" penicillin available. In the 1970s, Fort Sanders began the first hospice in Tennessee and obtained the first linear accelerator in the area for cancer treatment.

East Tennessee Children's Hospital

Children's Hospital is certified by the state of Tennesee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center. It is a private, independent, non-profit pediatric medical center that has served children since 1937.Children's Hospital is certified by the state of Tennesee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center. It is a private, independent, non-profit pediatric medical center that has served children since 1937.

Great Lakes Boat Top

Great Lakes Boat Top is one of the oldest and largest original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of marine canvas products. In other words, Great Lakes Boat Top makes the boat covers, bimini tops, mooring covers, cockpit covers, tonneau covers, campers, visors, side, drop and aft curtains and Great Lakes Boat Top Vonore TNmany other products that top boat manufacturers ship with new boats right off the showroom floor. Trusted by these companies to make boat tops, enclosures, and boat covers to carry names like Sea Ray, Malibu, Regal, Boston Whaler, Four Winns, and many others, Great Lakes Boat Top has a responsibility to produce top quality, made to order products at competitive prices.

Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey was founded in 1817. It gained a reputation for integrity in assaying precious metals and was appointed as official assayer to the Bank of England in 1852. Over the last two centuries the company has changed significantly, and today Johnson Matthey is a leading speciality chemicals company operating in a wide variety of global markets. Johnson Matthey Process Technologies is a relatively new division within the Johnson Matthey group and brings together a number of businesses that serve the petrochemical, syngas and oil and gas industries. These businesses, each leaders in their own markets, have been acquired by Johnson Matthey as part of the company strategy for future growth. This strategy focuses on leading edge catalysis differentiated through technology.

Lisega, Inc.

LISEGA is a specialist for pipe supports for the major plant engineering and construction.
LISEGA application areas are chemical and petrochemical installations, all types of thermal power plants, incineration plants, sugar-factories, biogas-installations and similar facilities - wherever liquids or gaseous, primarily at high temperatures, are to be transported by pipes. The LISEGA product range consists of a software-supported modular system in which over 10,000 standardized components are arranged systematically for the whole field of pipe support technology. The special LISEGA software, the design of the components and the benefits of the modular system ensure significant cost-savings for the users. The quality and application value of the products is widely recognized as being superior.


MasterCraft has been shaping the boating industry since 1968. More than four decades after the original MasterCraft made its debut, our goal remains the same - to continue building the world's best ski, wakeboard and luxury performance powerboats, year after year. Our Vonore, Tennessee plants are staffed with dedicated professionals, working on your next boat.

Monterey Mushrooms

Monterey Mushrooms is second generation, family-owned and operated agribusiness with a passion for excellence. Monterey’s sustained commitment to food safety and continuous product innovation has been rewarded with strong brand loyalty and recognition from consumers for over three decades.

Protomet Inc.

Protomet Corporation was founded in 1997 with the goal of becoming a world-class provider of engineering and manufacturing services. We serve a wide range of industries including Automotive, Racing, Boating, Homeland Security, Energy and Power, Architectural, and General Industrial Hardware.
Our niche is working with customers to…
Optimize Designs for Manufacturability,
Design Manufacturing Processes,
Manufacture Pre-Production Prototype Components, and
Manufacture Production Components Using Lean and Cost-Effective Manufacturing Processes.

Pharma  Reily Foods Company

Based in New Orleans, one of the world's great culinary centers, Reily Foods Company has been offering consumers high-quality products and service for more than 100 years.
Today, Reily Foods Company continues to manufacture and market not only the highest quality coffees and teas including many private label brands but a wide variety of specialty brands crossing many categories including cake flour, sauces, chili seasonings, salad dressings, bean soups and brownie mixes. Our products are sold in grocery stores and restaurants throughout the United States with select products sold internationally. The consumer demand for more than 100 Reily Foods Company products is impressive. Its that kind of consumer demand and loyalty that drives our growth. Currently, our manufacturing locations are at New Orleans, LA, Knoxville, TN and Malden, MA.

Techmer PM

A customer-driven designer and producer of color and additive concentrates that modify and enhance end-use cost performance. Utilizing a team approach that is supported by field sales engineers, technical service personnel, and customer service representatives, TPM delivers a level of customer service that stands in sharp contrast to traditional, off-the-shelf solutions. TPM’s teams work with customers to define performance criteria, establish measurement systems, standardize a manufacturing process, and deliver products and technical services as needed. A North American-based supplier of concentrate and master batch that is recognized as a worldwide leader in quality and innovation. ISO 9001 certified in 1996. Manufacturing operations in Rancho Dominguez, CA; Clinton, TN; Wichita, KS; Avon, OH; Naperville, IL; and Dalton, GA.

Xtreme Tower Products

For stunning tower designs and superior functionality, the world’s top boat builders turn to Xtreme Tower Products (XTP). XTP has assembled an internal staff of designers and engineers focused on bringing the most innovative and exciting ideas to life; meanwhile all XTP manufacturing craftsmen ensure product excellence through the use of superior materials and processes.
Expertise in engineering, exhaustive testing, and passion for wakeboarding gives XTP a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to lead the industry. We not only know what makes a functional wakeboard tower, but which tower models are selling the most boats from the best boat manufacturers – because XTP is making them! As the original equipment manufacturer of wakeboard towers, wakeboard racks and accessories for the world’s top manufacturers, XTP products complement boat design and create an exciting edge to the sport of wakeboarding.
Located in Maryville, Tennessee, XTP neighbors many boat manufacturers who were also attracted to the area for the abundance of lakes and waterways. It is convenient for XTP engineers to head to the water to put the latest wakeboard tower design through comprehensive maneuvers and endurance testing. (It’s an ugly job but someone has to do it.)

Yamaha Motor Corporation

Yamaha Motor Company Limited, is a Japanese manufacturer of motorcycles, marine products such as boats and outboard motors, and other motorized products. The company was established in 1955 upon separation from Yamaha Corporation, and is headquartered in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan. The company conducts development, production and marketing operations through 109 consolidated subsidiaries as of 2012.

Former corporate partners that have participated in the program:

Pharma  Pharma Packaging Solutions

Pharma Packaging Solutions (PPS) is a turn-key contract packager, offering commercial packaging, product launches, stability services, cold chain packaging and product retain services to regulated, healthcare industries.
We offer primary filling, secondary packaging, kitting services and folding cartons, applying our 20+ years in the contract packaging marketplace.
Our facilities are state of the art and readily scalable to accommodate a wide variety of regulated packaging requirements. PPS is a temperature and humidity-controlled site and maintains video surveillance of the packaging suites.
PPS offers “cold-chain” refrigeration, serving temperature-sensitive product packaging.

TEN-TEC division of RF Concepts

RF Concepts/Alpha Amplifiers manufactures high-end linear amplifiers for ham radio enthusiasts. Based in Longmont, Colo., the company is known worldwide for its quality amplifiers. Alpha Amplifiers have been continuously manufactured in the United States since the early 1970s.
TEN-TEC Inc. was founded in 1968 to provide beautifully engineered, well-crafted, well-supported and high-performing products to the amateur radio market. For 46 years the Sevierville, Tenn.-based company has passionately designed, crafted and tested premium products which have earned the company a solid reputation and loyal brand followers throughout the world.


Vinylex was founded in 1952 by a pair of engineers named Richard Empey and W. Quentin Gulley. For over 60 years, Vinylex has continually followed the example set forth by our founders to cultivate a culture with a strong focus on technical competence and customer satisfaction. Learn more about us and why we should be the source for all of your extruded plastic needs!
Vinylex is an experienced member of a relatively young industry. Spanning over six decades of service to the market, Vinylex has helped to set the pace in the fast growing, rapidly changing plastics industry. We are a custom business, supplying our customers with products that have been specifically designed to meet their needs. With customer satisfaction our goal, we concentrate on realizing the potential of plastic extrusion technology and on maintaining consistently high standards of quality in products and in service to our customers.

Pharma DeRoyal

 DeRoyal manufactures healthcare products worldwide. Each product in DeRoyal’s Surgical & Acute Care, Orthopedics & Patient Care, and Wound Care divisions exists in response to real needs, based on the advice and input of clinicians. We keep innovating because it's part of our heritage. What we develop and manufacture today will shape the future of medicine.


Brunswick is a market leader in the marine, fitness, and bowling and billiards industries.

                                        Homesteader Trailers

Homesteader is a manufacturer of quality enclosed trailers to travel all of America’s beautiful roadways! Founded in 1985, Homesteader has grown into one of the nations leading manufacturer of enclosed cargo trailers, hydraulic dump trailers, motorcycle trailers, enclosed car hauler auto trailers and horse trailers. Name brand components, quality craftsmanship, professional Homesteader trailer dealers and personal service, separate Homesteader from other trailer companies..


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