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MC128: 5 Questions That Manufacturing Leaders Need To Ask Themselves Now

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Hello Metalworking Nation and Happy Thanksgiving from MakingChips!

Where do you see your manufacturing business in the next five years? Do you have a vision of your company’s future? On today’s episode, Jim & Jason share 5 Questions that Manufacturing Leaders need to ask themselves right now. In manufacturing news, we talk about a groundbreaking new surgical procedure and how it relates to manufacturing. Jim and Jason also share their plans for Thanksgiving, and news related to their business and family.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – IMTS 2018 – Register Today
[02:44] – Thanksgiving
[05:24] – Manufacturing News
[08:55] – What’s New With Jim
[11:04] – Mission and Vision Statement
[15:56] – Vision of Your Future
[19:58] – Technology Advancements
[21:27] – Communicating to the Marketplace
[22:56] – Lead, Manage, and Hold People Accountable
[30:10] – Scaling your Business

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 – Register Today!
TMA Illinois
Manufacturing News
Cruial Conversations

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

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MC127: LinkedIn 2.0

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to be back in the MakingChips studio! On today’s episode we answer a listener’s questions about the social media platform, LinkedIn. Jim and Jason both share their individual strategies for using the business platform — notably for creating a conversation, strengthening their personal brand, and connecting with like minded individuals. They’ll share their LinkedIn do’s and don’ts, as well as their goals for optimizing the platform’s full potential. In manufacturing news, we talk about how Boeing is seeking thousands of applicants for open manufacturing jobs.


 

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – IMTS 2018 – Register Today
[03:48] – Whats New with Jim?
[05:28] – Whats New with Jason?
[08:03] – Manufacturing News
[12:27] – Answering a Listener’s Questions
[14:50] – Daily Social Media Routine
[18:10] – Starting a Conversation
[21:30] – Requests to Connect
[24:38] – Declining Requests
[28:02] – We Want To Hear From You

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018
Manufacturing News
LinkedIn

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

MakingChips MarketingForMakers Julie Poulos Red Caffeine Episode 126

MC126: Where to Begin with Making the List

By | Marketing, Marketing For Makers, VIP Guests | No Comments
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are pleased to bring you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. On today’s episode we welcome back Red Caffeine’s Julie Poulos along with Dan Mantilla and Natalie Dubs as they help you answer the question — “Who Do I Market To?”

Where do you start? It starts with a list! Julie and her team cover the four challenges that most mid market manufacturers face when figuring out who to market themselves to. We’ll share some strategies that you can use right now to begin building up your brand and targeting leads.


 

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – IMTS 2018
[06:08] – What’s New With Jason & Jim
[07:38] – Welcome Julie Poulos
[09:48] – The Four Challenges
[14:03] – Buyer Data
[16:50] – Segmenting Your Lists
[21:10] – Building Up Your Brand
[22:13] – Creating Meaningful Content
[24:10] – Identifying Contacts
[30:15] – Direct Contact

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Julie Poulos | LinkedIn
MC118: Considerations for Marketing Planning
Natalie Dubs | LinkedIn
Dan Mantilla | LinkedIn

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

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MC125: Economic Expectations for Manufacturing Leaders in 2018 and Beyond

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are pleased to welcome back by popular demand, Bill Strauss – Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

On today’s episode Bill shares his professional insight on several different topics relating to manufacturing and the global economy. We’ll hear about manufacturing’s economic performance in the U.S., the potential economic impact of new trade agreements, the current outlook of the stock market, and the lasting impact of the recent hurricanes. We also talk about the consequences of recession, and how to better position your manufacturing company to prepare for it. In manufacturing news, we discuss 3 ways to lower your manufacturing costs.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – IMTS 2018
[03:50] – What’s New at CARR Machine
[06:07] – What’s New at ZENGERS
[08:12] – Jason’s Exciting News
[09:35] – Manufacturing News
[15:37] – Welcome Back Bill Strauss
[18:45] – Manufacturing’s Economic Performance
[20:40] – Contributing Factors
[25:16] – Trade Deals
[28:24] – The Stock Market
[31:04] – Productivity Growth in the U.S.
[33:21] – Opportunities in Recession
[36:49] – Impact of Natural Disasters
[43:16] – Fiscal Responsibility by State

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
Gantt Chart
Seth Godin
Manufacturing News
MC071: Analyzing the Performance of the Manufacturing Sector (P1)
MC072: Analyzing the Performance of the Manufacturing Sector (P2)
Bill Strauss | LinkedIn
National Association of Credit Management: NACM
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Patricia Miller discusses meeting with President Trump on the MakingChips Podcast

MC124: Representing Manufacturing Leaders at the White House

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to welcome back Patricia Miller – CEO of Matrix 4, to the MakingChips Podcast. On today’s episode we hear about Patricia’s visit to the White House on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers. Patricia was seated directly next to President Trump as the group discussed efforts to boost manufacturing in the United States. In manufacturing news, we discuss Brennan Investment Group’s plans to turn 85 acres in Elk Grove Village, IL into a $1 Billion Technology Park.



Episode Outline:
[00:01] – GFMC 2017
[02:28] – Manufacturing News
[05:03] – Call In with Pat McGibbon
[10:03] – Welcome Back Patricia!
[13:04] – The Invitation
[16:30] – Delivering The Message
[19:01] – The Level of Security
[21:04] – Press Coverage
[22:40] – Representing Manufacturing
[24:10] – Trump’s Message
[28:02] – IMTS 2018

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 – Register Today!
Manufacturing News
TMA – Technology & Manufacturing Association
NAM – National Association of Manufacturers
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
IMTS 2018

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

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MC123: New Ideas For Hiring in the Manufacturing Industry w/ Rich Hoster

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you LIVE from the Valley Industrial Association’s Manufacturer’s Collaboration Conference in Sugar Grove, Illinois. On today’s episode of MakingChips, we answer the question: What is a chaplet? – Hint, it’s used in castings.

We welcome Rich Hoster, President at Smith and Richardson Inc. Rich takes us through some of the strategies that Smith and Richardson uses to help mitigate the skilled labor shortage. We’ll also hear about the company’s efforts to teach students about manufacturing, and Rich gives us some information on Smith and Richardson’s facility in Jiangsu, China. In Manufacturing News, we talk about how a manufacturing alliance in Dayton, Ohio is providing opportunities for residents to begin a new career in manufacturing.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – GFMC 2017
[03:15] – The Story of MakingChips
[06:27] – Manufacturing News
[13:30] – Welcome Rich Hoster
[15:48] – History of Smith and Richardson
[18:45] – Mitigating the Skilled Labor Shortage
[23:06] – Echo Pulse Index & Behavioral Survey
[25:45] – Manufacturing Students
[29:40] – Facility in China
[33:44] – The Value Of Networking

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 – Register Today!
Apple Rubber – “6 Manufacturing Podcasts”
IMTS
Manufacturing News
MakingChips TV| Interviewing Tips for a Manufacturing Job
Dayton Region Manufacturers Association
Rich Hoster | LinkedIn
TMA | Board of Directors
Valley Industrial Association

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

MakingChips at GT Automation with Xometry

MC122: How GT Automation Uses Xometry to Increase Sales

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are broadcasting remotely from a Xometry Vendor Partner, GT Automation Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Today we welcome Steve Gildea, President at GT Automation and Michael Dickson, VP of Customer and Partner Success at Xometry to the MakingChips Podcast, as they give us a deeper dive into the Xometry brand.

We’ll hear about the impact that Xometry has had on GT Automation as Steve walks us through the process that Xometry provides GT Automation to view and accept work. Michael explains the benefits of the Xometry Partner Network, and shares some insight as to what sets Xometry apart from the competition. In manufacturing news, we discuss 4 Keys to Boosting Workplace Culture in Manufacturing.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – GFMC 2017
[03:00] – What’s New with Jim & Jason?
[05:17] – Manufacturing News
[11:19] – New Orleans
[12:51] – Introducing Xometry
[18:43] – Welcome Michael Dickson
[20:45] – Xometry’s Algorithm
[24:00] – Welcome Steve Gildea
[26:00] – The Job Process and Partner Network
[32:50] – Shipping and Payment
[34:56] – Farming Out Work
[38:45] – Variety of Work
[41:26] – The Xometry Difference

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 – Register Today!
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
GT Automation Group
Manufacturing News
Michael Dickson | LinkedIn
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

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MC121: The Spitfire Takes Control w/ Stacia Hobson

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Hello Metalworking Nation! Today on MakingChips we welcome back Stacia Hobson for the second half of our two part interview. On this episode we’ll hear about how her father reacted to their confrontation. Stacia also shares with us how she was able to take control of the business, what she would do differently in hindsight, how Image Industries addresses the skilled labor shortage, and we’ll hear a bit about her award winning Toastmaster’s speech. Later on, we’ll hear from Charlie Chesbrough, Senior Economist at Cox Automotive Inc., as he gives us a preview of what he’ll be speaking about at this year’s GFMC Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – GFMC 2017
[02:10] – The Reaction
[05:12] – Moving the Needle
[07:24] – From Buyer to Manufacturer
[10:32] – What Would You Do Differently?
[13:15] – Finding Capable Workers
[15:00] – Managing Price Instability
[16:46] – Xometry
[17:50] – Toastmasters Speech Contest
[22:08] – Preparing For Recession
[24:20] – Family Dynamic in Business
[26:30] – Charlie Chesbrough Phone Interview

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 – Register Today!
Stacia Hobson | LinkedIn
Image Industries, Inc
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
Charles Chesbrough | LinkedIn
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

MakingChips under fire in a family business with Stacia Hobson

MC120: Under Fire in a Family Business w/ Stacia Hobson

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Hello Metalworking Nation! On this two part episode of MakingChips, we welcome Stacia Hobson, Co-Owner of Image Industries, Inc to our remote studio at the TMA in Schaumburg, IL. Image Industries offers stud welding solutions for compact construction equipment to service the agricultural and construction markets. They are the industry leaders in manufacturing threaded fasteners & hydraulic ports for these businesses.

Stacia runs us through the history of the company and gives us a brief overview of her day to day responsibilities. She also reveals the difficulties that came along with working in the family business, including butting heads with her hot tempered father. We’ll also discuss Hurricane Harvey’s destructive aftermath on the city of Houston, how it has impacted manufacturing, and what you can do to help. Later on, we’ll jump on a phone call with Pat McGibbon, Vice President at AMT as we hear some more details on what’s in store for the GFMC Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – GFMC 2017 – Register Now!
[03:30] – 200,000 Downloads
[04:45] – What’s New with Jason & Jim
[08:20] – Hurricane Harvey
[13:20] – Nonprofit Donations
[16:30] – Xometry
[17:30] – Introducing Stacia Hobson
[18:45] – What Does Image Industries Do?
[22:32] – What Is a Specialized Fastener?
[29:00] – Platinum Status
[32:45] – Stacy’s Day to Day Responsibilities
[34:45] – Joining the Family Business
[37:00] – “Spit-Fired”
[38:00] – Phone-in with Pat McGibbon

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 – Register Today!
Technology & Manufacturing Association
Apple Rubber | 6 Manufacturing Podcasts
Samaritan’s Purse | Hurricane Harvey Relief
Houston Food Bank
Stacia Hobson | LinkedIn
Image Industries, Inc
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Visionaries and Integrators

MC119: Why Visionaries Need Integrators – Gaining “Traction” in Manufacturing

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Hello Metalworking Nation! Two weeks ago we were joined by Patricia Miller and Will Scott of Matrix 4 as they introduced us to the roles of Visionary and Integrator. Today, we take a deeper dive into those roles as we learn how they have been implemented at Matrix 4. Patricia and Will share the impact that these vital roles have had on their company, as they equip and inspire you to effectively implement theses processes into your own business. We’ll share with you the tools that have helped Matrix 4, ZENGERS Industrial, and countless other businesses create freedom in their workplace.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – GFMC 2017 – Register Now!
[03:37] – MakingChips Live – Valley Industrial
[06:30] – Patricia’s Role as the Visionary
[07:30] – Will’s Role as the Integrator
[11:05] – Bringing on the Role
[13:30] – Creating a Road Map
[18:00] – What Kind of Leader Am I?
[21:05] – Keep Achieving Goals
[25:55] – Xometry
[27:05] – The Effectiveness of the Integrator
[30:30] – We Want To Hear From You

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 – Register today!
VIA Collaborative Conference 2017
“Traction” – Get a Grip On Your Business
EOS Worldwide
Rocket Fuel for Your Business | Integrators & Visionaries
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
Will Scott | LinkedIn
Matrix 4
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245