Intermediate level

Great beer, semi-autonomous teams’ great responsibility

Tuesday, Oct. 20 Location Code
7:15am-1:15pm Departure area 2, 2nd floor TT/02
11:15am-5:15pm Departure area 1, 2nd floor TT/08

How engaged employees safely brew, pack and ship highest-quality beers

Visit the MillerCoors Trenton Brewery to see how engaged employees safely brew, pack and ship high-quality beers. Here’s your chance to see how semi-autonomous teams  use continuous improvement principles through their employee council framework, enabling empowered teams to manage the day-to-day business and deliver sustainable results.


The MillerCoors Trenton, OH, Brewery, which opened in 1991, is one of the company’s most modern breweries. The 1,100-acre facility has the capacity to brew more than 10 million barrels of beer a year. Completing work through semi-autonomous teams is part of the brewery’s culture, delivering exceptional safety and quality performance while sustaining their low cost producer advantage. Its Employee Councils have established a structure that creates a foundation for empowerment. This framework provides consistency between teams and allows members to learn new skills and develop a broader appreciation of the business. Learn how team-based leadership plays a key role in all aspects of the beer-making process and encourages participation in tracking, improving and monitoring team performance. Observe examples of 5S, safety initiatives, quality at source, focused improvement and more.


MillerCoors brings American beer drinkers an unmatched selection of the highest-quality beers, including pioneering brands such as Redd’s Apple Ale, Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Lager, Third Shift Amber Ale and Smith & Forge Hard Cider. It seeks to become America’s best beer company through its quality, innovation and commitment to sustainability. The 1100-acre Trenton Brewery has the capacity to brew more than ten million barrels of beer annually. It received a 2014 Green Business Award for its innovative tertiary water reclaim system.

Tour Hosts

Cindy Lewis is the MillerCoors Trenton Brewery manufacturing development manager; she works to advance the MillerCoors Manufacturing Way. Lewis has worked at the brewery 23 years in various roles.

Michael Manning, the facility’s learning and development manager, has worked for MillerCoors for six years. He is an AME Great Lakes region board member.

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 recording devices
  • Hearing protection
  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)
  • Safety glasses
  • Steel-toed shoes