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
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The Spitfire Takes Control Stacia Hobson MakingChips

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
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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
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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
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Red Caffeine MakingChips MarketingForMakers

MC118: Considerations for Marketing Planning

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology.  Today we welcome back Julie Poulos (Vice President) and Kacey Keegan (Content Writer & Strategist) as they equip you with the key elements to consider when planning your marketing strategy. Topics on today’s episode include: creating a campaign theme, developing and distributing content, showcasing your company culture, and determining a marketing budget.

Episode Outline:
[00:00] – GFMC 2017 Conference
[03:40] – Welcome Back Julie & Kacey
[04:50] – Campaign Concept
[09:00] – Branding and Strategy Phase
[10:30] – Frequently Asked Questions
[11:50] – Case Study
[15:40] – Showcasing Culture
[20:30] – Providing Solutions
[24:15] – P.R. Opportunities
[26:43] – Tracking Leads and Budgeting
[29:35] – Shifting Our Philosophy

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 – Register today!
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Red Caffeine | Blog: Key Considerations in Marketing Planning
Red Caffeine | Content Marketing Planning Calendar
Julie Poulos | LinkedIn
Kacey Keegan | LinkedIn
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Patricia Miller on MakingChips

MC117: Visionary and Integrator Relationships – One Model For Manufacturing Leaders

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring back a former guest who’s incredible journey over the last few years has seen her go from an industry “newbie” to a manufacturing “rockstar”. Two years ago we introduced you to Patricia Miller of Matrix 4, who had recently left her career in marketing to take over her grandfather’s failing manufacturing business. With a complete overhaul of the business, and the help of her partner Will Scott, Matrix 4 solidified a strong company culture that has turned a once dying company into a thriving success.

Episode Outline:
[00:00] – GFMC 2017 Conference
[02:50] – Manufacturing News
[07:35] – News at Carr Machine
[10:15] – News at ZENGERS
[12:30] – Welcome Back Patricia Miller
[19:54] – Competitive Edge
[22:20] – Putting a Team in Place
[24:38] – Welcome Will Scott
[28:26] – L10 Meeting and the Daily Huddle
[34:41] – OTOQET
[38:30] – Family and Business
[43:11] – Personal Relationships and Business
[47:00] – MakingChips | iTunes Review

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 – Register today!
EntreLeadership
MissionU
Manufacturing “News”
MC026: 40 Year Old Manufacturing Startup with Patricia Miller of Matrix IV
MC028: Advice through the eyes of a manufacturing newbie, with Patricia Miller
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
Will Scott | LinkedIn
Matrix 4
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OVERCOMING ADVERSITY WITH NICOLE WOLTER AT HM MANUFACTURING

MC116: Shifting Into Overdrive with Nicole Wolter – Overcoming Adversity (Part 2)

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Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode, we bring you part two of our interview with Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing. Last week we heard about a dire situation within HM Manufacturing that rocked the family business to it’s core. On this episode, Nicole shares how the company recovered, implementing new procedures and processes to help lift HM to where they are today. 

Episode Structure:
[02:00] – e-Commerce
[06:03] – Social Media
[06:40] – Customer Terms in 2017
[10:49] – TMA Education Foundation
[16:00] – Dig A Little Deeper

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
HM Manufacturing
Nicole Wolter | LinkedIn
TMA Education Foundation
Marketing For Makers
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NIcole Wolter MakingChips HM Manufacturing

MC115: Shifting Gears at HM Manufacturing – When Crisis Strikes On The Shop Floor (Part 1)

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Hello Metalworking Nation and greetings from our studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Chicago.  On this two part episode of MakingChips, we welcome back Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing Company. Nicole shares the captivating story of HM Manufacturing, a company that began with her father’s passion for F1 racing. The downturn of the economy in 2008 proved to be the perfect time for Nicole to enter the family business, but as she would come to find out, things weren’t quite what they seemed. Nicole’s questioning of all aspects of the family business led her to a startling discovery that would turn an already dire situation into a full blown crisis.

In manufacturing news, we talk about how Summer camps could be the start for the next generation’s interest in the manufacturing industry.

Episode Structure:
[03:10] – 22,000 Downloads!
[03:35] – Manufacturing News
[08:30] – Half Fridays
[09:45] – Process Driven Sales
[13:20] – Welcome Nicole Wolter
[14:40] – “Home Made”
[18:05] – A Family Business
[22:03] – Getting Fired
[27:07] – Dire Situations with HM
[29:30] – “Something is Happening”
[35:01] – New Policies and Procedures

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
DMDII
Manufacturing News
HM Manufacturing Company
Nicole Wolter | LinkedIn
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MakingChips and Red Caffeine

MC114: Identifying Your Marketing Technology Stack

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are happy to bring you another episode of our #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. Today we welcome back back Julie Poulos as she introduces Red Caffeine’s Founder & CEO — Kathy Steele.

On this episode of MakingChips, we focus on integrating technology into your business. Kathy and Julie walk us through some starting points that will equip and inspire you to identify gaps in your business technology stack. Today’s discussion features an array of topics including: integrating platforms, examining financial insights, systemizing talent management, and getting your operations in order.

Episode Structure:
[04:08] – Record Download Month
[05:05] – Summertime in Chicago
[07:50] – Welcome Julie Poulos and Kathy Steele
[10:46] – Forbes Article by Kathy
[13:55] – ERP, CRM, KPI’s and Other Acronyms
[18:36] – Identifying the Gaps
[21:06] – Building Bridges
[22:14] – Systemizing Talent
[25:30] – CRM Integration
[31:00] – Tech Audit and Financial Insights
[34:05] – Get Your Operations in Order
[35:56] – “Love Your Lathe”

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Forbes Article by Kathy Steele
Julie Poulos |LinkedIn
Kathy Steele | LinkedIn
Red Caffeine’s “Biz” Tech Stack
Red Caffeine | Tech Audit

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MakingChips episode about success

MC113: How Do You Judge Your Personal Success?

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Success is one of those concepts that we all understand, and yet, in reality it means something different to each individual. For some, it is financial, for others it is freedom to be able to lead a certain lifestyle.

On this episode of MakingChips, we examine the concept of personal success as Jim and Jason ask: “What does success look like for you, and have you achieved it?”. Jim Carr makes an appearance in this week’s manufacturing news as we discuss Illinois’ personal income growth.

Episode Structure
02:30] – Manufacturing News
[09:00] – The Drought of 1988
[12:00] – What’s New at ZENGERS
[13:00] – What’s New at Carr Machine
[15:30] – Business Has Changed
[23:50] – Bringing in New Technology
[25:00] – Longterm Goals
[29:00] – Outsourcing
[31:20] – What Does Success Look Like For Me?
[35:10] – iTunes Review

Links – Mentioned in this Episode
Manufacturing News
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
iTunes Review | MakingChips

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