Vapor Bus International - A Wabtec Company 

Vapor Bus International

Wednesday, Nov. 6 Location Code
7:00am-1:30pm WT/02

No competitors allowed, including Ventura, Masats, Bode, Arow Global, Braun, Mobility Networks

Vapor Bus International began its lean journey in 1996 when it became a part of Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (Wabtec). It has been the recipient of multiple awards and recognition including being awarded Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For from 2005 to 2017. Attendees will see policy deployment that is strongly linked to the gemba, utilizing bowling charts that cascade goal priorities down to the shop floor through multiple levels (five levels deep) with results rolling up. Vapor focuses on KPI’s through daily communication and escalation using gemba and kanban boards, with lean daily management tiered meetings that take place from the cell level all the way to the site leadership in its standing war room. Contributing to Vapor's success is a strong team member rewards incentive program tied to achieving team and site goals.


Vapor Bus International, a Division of Wabtec Corporation, is the principal door equipment supplier to the North American bus industry. The company engineers and manufactures a comprehensive line of door equipment including actuators, controls, mechanical linkages, door panels, seals and accessory items. Vapor can supply a complete system or provide specific components for integration by the bus manufacturer. Vapor’s headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. The modern, 135,000 square foot facility is registered to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. Continuous investments in equipment, employee training, and lean manufacturing techniques enable Vapor to satisfy the needs of the global transportation industry.

Restrictions / Requirements

To participate in a tour, all attendees must adhere to and respect the tour hosts' restrictions and requirements.
Non-adherence may exclude you from a tour.

  • No cell phones
  • No competitors
  • No photographs
  • No recording devices
  • Other: See tour description
  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)
  • Safety glasses
  • Signed non-disclosure agreement