Mercedes-Benz manager to speak to ISE students

Published: Sep 17, 2008 9:08:17 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334.844.3447

Tom Waggoner, manager of purchasing and production control at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI), will discuss his experiences in supply chain management with students in Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 11a.m. in Ramsay Hall 304B.

Waggoner will present the challenges of massive growth experienced by MBUSI and its impact on business operations and supply chain management. He will detail the decision-making process to develop MBUSI in Alabama, the culture that has been developed inside the company and the decision to expand operations.

Waggoner has held leadership positions with multiple automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) during start-up and expansion operations. He has been with Mercedes-Benz since 1996 and has held key positions in production control, information technology and logistics, including those needed to establish operations in Graz, Austria, and the expansion of operations in Vance, Ala. Previously, he worked in material handling for Diamond Start Motors, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Motors and Chrysler based in Illinois, and vehicle control for BMW Plant 10 in Spartanburg, S.C.