Taylor Guitars / Broan-Nutone 
Beginner level
Intermediate level

COMBINED TOUR: Attendees will tour both Taylor Guitars and Broan-Nutone

Monday, Oct. 29 Location Code
7:30am-4:30pm Balboa ABC, 2nd level MT/03
  • U.S. citizens will require a Mexican permit (permit is free for 1-7 days)
  • Passport is required

Taylor Guitars: Attendees will have the opportunity to view two bin systems on the production floor and visual management systems for daily production. Additionally, you will see past and current improvement initiatives conceptualized and implemented by employees on the floor.

Broan-Nutone: Visit a 200,000 square foot facility in Tecate Mexico with over 450 employees that is dedicated to the fabrication and assembly of kitchen and residential ventilation products, starting from the fabrication process until the final packaged product. Broan Tecate has been transforming its operation in 10 years of operation, with employee engagement helping to drive CI by using key lean tools. Hear how by implementing these tools and initiatives there has been a sustained improvement. Learn how 3P has been successfully implemented and how it is now a key part of the company's new product development process, as well as process design. By letting employees drive improvement, the level of accountability and participation greatly increases the project’s level success. Key takeaways will be the value-add of 3P and other lean tools, and the context in which they have been implemented for CI.


Taylor Guitars: Headquartered in El Cajon, California, Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, and has grown into the leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars. Taylor employs over 900 people and currently produces hundreds of guitars per day in its state-of-the-art factory complexes in both El Cajon and in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. The company maintains an active dealer network, with Taylor guitars sold through hundreds of retail locations in North America, and with international distribution to 60 countries, including a distribution warehouse and factory service center in the Netherlands. www.taylorguitars.com

Broan-Nutone: In 1932, Henry Broan developed and manufactured a kitchen fan called the Motordor® Fan that provided quiet and efficient kitchen ventilation. His creation launched what is today known as Broan-NuTone. Today, it leads the industry with forward-thinking residential ventilation products, customized climate, communications and storage solutions and superior customer service. Broan-NuTone is proud to acknowledge that over 80 percent of homeowners in the United States rely on one or more BROAN®, NuTone®, or BEST® products every day to provide them with superior indoor air quality and lifestyle conveniences. www.broan-nutone.com

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