Partnering Up for Success: Management Students Tour Clayton Homes

As a part of our continued partnership with Clayton Homes, one of the nation's largest manufacturers of affordable modular homes headquartered in Maryville, Tennessee, the A&M-Commerce College of Business organized its second student cohort to tour their manufacturing plant located in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

On March 24, 2023, Dr. Mojtaba Salarpour – assistant professor of management, organized his Operations Management class to tour the plant and meet with the Clayton Homes leadership team.

Joey Ferryman, production manager at Clayton Homes, facilitated an exclusive tour of the manufacturing facility, which provided an invaluable learning experience for the students. Along the tour, the students discussed topics such as demand, sales, inventory, production lines and quality control as they were provided with a firsthand glimpse into the application of operations management concepts.

The strategic partnership with Clayton Homes is one of several the university has with its partners in the community to ensure that students are provided with the opportunity to witness the theoretical knowledge learned inside the classroom in a practical workplace environment.

“This is the second time we have offered the tour of Clayton Homes through our undergraduate Operations Management course,” Salarpour said. “We are delighted with our partnership with Clayton Homes, and we are both committed to having such a tour every semester as it provides students with invaluable learning experiences.”

The collaboration with Clayton Homes was first initiated in November 2022 as part of the College of Business' commitment to working with various stakeholders in our community to ensure that students are provided with ample opportunities to network with employers and learn from industry leaders. This is part of the college's vision to pursue innovation and ongoing progress while encouraging stakeholder involvement to truly transform and impact the students and the communities served.