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Business Club travels to Louisville, Kentucky

posted May 30, 2006 in ACADEMICS

Sixteen students participated in the Business Club's trip to Louisville, Kentucky in April. The first tour was of the GE Appliance Park. The facility includes five plants and covers acres or area. The group toured one of the plants which manufactures refrigerators. After the tour, the operations manager and the engineering manager met with students to explain the operation and take questions. This plant is a union facility; so much of discussion centered on the pros and cons of unions.

The second tour was of Churchill Downs, the famous horse race facility that is home to the Kentucky Derby. The current president of Churchill Downs is originally from Kansas; he met personally with the group to explain the business and to answer questions. Following this meeting, the group was given a thorough tour of the facilities.

The agenda for the second day of the trip included a tour of the "Courier Journal," a regional newspaper which operates the most technically advanced printing press in the world today. It was purchased several years ago at a cost of over $40 million, not including the facility costs or installation. Since a newspaper operation is quite a unique business model, this tour was a very educational experience.

Later that day the Louisville Slugger bat manufacturing facility, which custom manufactures the bats for Major League baseball players, was toured.

The tripís last tour was with the Louisville Fire, an arena-league football team. The team manager explained the revenue and cost streams for the team. He also explained the work that goes into preparing the facility for a game night.

Leisure activities during the trip included attending races at Churchill Downs, a Louisville Fire arena league football game, Six Flags, and shopping.

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