Minnesota School of Business-Elk River project management students toured the J&B
Group, producer of No Name Steaks, recently to learn first-hand about special projects and operations administration. The massive wholesale, processing and distribution plant, employing some 630 people, is located in St. Michael, Minnesota, just a few miles from the Elk River campus.
John Meyer, the continuous improvement project leader at J&B, started the two-hour session by first explaining to the class how the company creates and implements projects throughout the year.
Showing the students examples of software spreadsheets that help track the completion and accountability of projects, Meyer provided details of how project analysis can help save money. One instance was regarding forklift driving time that was reduced by adding efficiencies to the shipping and receiving floor layout.
The tour of the J&B plant entailed shipping and receiving, special product processing, warehousing, and packaging.
“I thought it was an amazing field trip because we saw directly how project management scheduling comes together with operations administration, business student Eric Perreault said. “Controlling such a huge process while maintaining quality and meeting customer demand really takes knowledge and expertise.”
J&B Group produces, markets, and distributes products throughout the midwestern United States under the labels of No Name Steaks® and Midwest Pride®.
Business management degree programs at Minnesota School of Business combine fundamental training with coursework focused on a specific industry or area of operations. The school offers a master’s degree program in management. Coursework is offered on campus and through the online college. Learn more about our program online or calling a campus near you.
Written by Tom Stoltz, Elk River Business Program Chair