Tuesday January 27, 2015

Making the World Our Classroom: Suzhou Corporate Visits

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Our first day of corporate visits in China included Higer Bus Company and Black and Decker.   The bilingual tour guide gave us a very detailed description of only a few of the 300 varieties of vehicles the company has to offer.  Examples include buses powered by gas, diesel, and the new electric buses.  The [Higer] tour finished with a quick Q&A session in which we could ask the company anything we wanted, a line of different models of buses in which we could look, and then a quick walk through their factory where buses were being assembled right before our eyes.  Black and Decker was the second stop on our first day of corporate visits.  Hundreds of power tools were displayed on the walls around us in an artistic representation of the company's progress up until the present.  Once we were settled, a presentation was given.  The thing that stuck with me most was that in the last four years (2010-2014), the comnpany has managed to produce one new product a month.  Upon the conclusion of the presentation we were again granted a completely open Q&A session.  The tour of Black and Decker finished with a walk through of the factory in which products were actively being made.  At the end of the day I felt as if I had a greater understanding of the functionality of both Higer and Black and Decker corporations.

-Daniel Sheldon, Freshman, Biology

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