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SC consulting, a supply chain consulting firm, has to decide on the location of its home offices. Their clients are primarily located in the 16 states in Table 1 below. There are four potential sites for home offices: Los Angeles, Tulsa, Denver, and Seattle. The annual fixed cost of locating an office in Los Angeles is $165,428, Tulsa is $131,230, Denver is $140,000 and Seattle is $145,000. The expected numbers of trips to each state and the travel costs from each potential site are also shown in Table 1. Each consultant is expected to take at most 25 trips each year.

1. If there are no restrictions on the number of consultants at a site and the goal is to minimize costs: Construct the mathematical model for this setting. Find out where the home offices should be located using MS Excel Solver. How many consultants should be assigned to each office? What is the annual cost in terms of the facility and travel?

2. If at most 10 consultants are to be assigned to a home office and the goal is to minimize costs: ted using MS Excel Solver.

3. If all consulting projects out of a given state should be assigned to exactly one home office (i.e., cannotbe partially done by an office and completed by another): MS Excel Solver.