This week rounds out my second week here at the Oscar Mayer plant in Newberry, South Carolina. Our plant here is unique in that it operates as two plants under one roof with a Raw side and a Ready to Eat (RTE) side. As an intern, I concentrated on the Raw side and this time around I get to broaden my knowledge and spend some time in RTE. Like many of the MMTP’s I spent the first week at the plant getting acclimated and learning about the various processes, so this week was my first immersion into the details of my project.
My Yellow Belt Project focuses on cooler inventory and FIFO in our RTE side of the plant and I am looking forward to working with multiple teams to accomplish this projects goal. I spent most of my sixth week shadowing the Material Handlers and Line Techs to get a better understanding of the current state conditions. Many of the employees have been here for more than a decade and some even longer than I’ve been alive! Their wealth of knowledge and experience has already proven to be extremely helpful. In addition, I also helped with some manual inventories in the coolers to get a more hands on experience of where improvements could be made. I am lucky to have two former trainees from last year’s class here to give me some advice moving forward. Starting next week, I will become the acting Production Supervisor over two of our packaging lines. I already met the team and am excited for the learning opportunity and challenge.
Outside of the plant I am excited to be back in South Carolina. I am in a great location, close to some major cities like Charlotte and Atlanta and only two hours away from some of my favorite beaches. Being right next to the state capital and a college town gives me so much to do around here including great food, hiking and lake activities.
Ketchup with us next week as we dive deeper into our projects!