Presented by Centric Parts and its StopTech performance and racing division

June 1, 2011

Cal Poly Pomona Students Visit Centric Parts

Franklin Lock of Centric Parts hosted a group of his Cal Poly Pomona classmates and professors on Friday, May 27 for a presentation and tour of our Industry facility. Mr. Lock hosted the group of 17 Logistics students as part of his senior project. 

Franklin has been with Centric for almost 18 months and has overseen the implementation of a new ERP & WMS software system that will make our inventory management, bookkeeping, shipping and receiving even more efficient than they already are. He has also been instrumental in improving our safety procedures among other things.

Besides hearing about real world challenges to implementing classroom theory, workplace culture and safety from Franklin, the group also heard from President Dan Lelchuk and Operations/Traffic Manager Dean Wenzl who shared even more practical knowledge of real world situations with the students.

"Our goal today was to enlighten the students about things they may not have learned in the classroom," said Lelchuk. "There are many issues that students don’t typically learn about until they enter the workplace, so we tried to prepare them for those situations."

Most of the students seemed impressed with the size of the Industry facility and the consistently high fill rate we enjoy. They were overwhelmed when they found out we handle more than 50,000 part numbers and can still deliver on our Right Part, Right Place, Right Time, Right Price pledge. They were also very thankful for the time that Dan and Dean spent with the group.

"They hadn’t visited a workplace of our size yet where they had such direct access to top management," explained Lock. "Everybody had so many questions and it was great to get the answers straight from the top."

By hosting these types of groups, Centric hopes to better prepare students for life after graduation. Through tours, internships and our everyday business practices, Centric is as much about education as it is about automotive parts. We are proud of Franklin and his classmates and are honored to be a part of their education.