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MakingChips episode with Stacey Bales

MC136: She Was Asked: “When Are We Going To Liquidate?” [MC Archive]

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault.

On this episode we interview Stacey Bales, 2nd generation owner and President of Bales Metal Surface Solutions. Bales provides engineered coating and finishes to mold makers and OEMs.

Stacey highlights the struggles that occurred in the family business after the untimely passing of her father, who was serving as acting president of the company. Without a succession plan in place, Stacy was forced to overcome several challenges while dealing with the grief of losing her father. Stacy shares her remarkable story and the hurdles she overcame while providing some advice on what you can do in the event that a similar tragedy happens in your company.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – IMTS 2018
[02:36] – Introducing Stacey Bales
[03:40] – Getting Respect
[05:00] – Unexpected Passing
[08:34] – Help Through the Transition
[10:25] – Biggest Hurdles
[13:13] – Transition with the Bank
[14:13] – The MFG Meeting 2018
[15:18] – Family Business Advice
[16:49] – Conclusion of Episode

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 – Register Today!
TMA Illinois
The MFG Meeting 2018
Stacey Bales | LinkedIn
Bales Metal Surface Solutions

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

Patricia Miller on MakingChips E135

MC135: 5 Drivers of Success From A Manufacturing Startup

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault.

On this episode, we will be speaking with Patricia Miller, CEO of Matrix 4, a design and manufacturing house of plastic products based out of Woodstock, IL. Matrix 4 is 40 years old, yet operates with a start-up mentality thanks to Patricia’s progressive leadership.

When we first interviewed Patricia Miller, she was a relative newbie in the business, however in the years following this interview, she has grown Matrix 4 to new heights, redefining the business model, strategy, and culture of the company.

Patricia shares her 5 Points that helped drive the business into the success that it is today.
1) Get Connected
2) Understand Customers
3) Drive Innovation
4) Embrace Change
5) Give Hope

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – IMTS 2018: Register Now!
[03:42] – Get Connected
[05:21] – Connecting with the Manufacturing Community
[08:10] – Understand Customers
[12:14] – Meeting with Customers
[14:21] – The MFG Meeting 2018
[15:31] – Drive Innovation
[16:40] – Embrace Change
[19:04] – Shaking Up the Status Quo
[20:56] – Changing Culture
[23:55] – Facing Roadblocks
[27:30] – Next Stages

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 – Register Today!
TMA Illinois
The MFG Meeting 2018
Alan Beaulieu | Economist
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
Matrix 4

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

MakingChips and Brian Panek of Panek Precision

MC134: Introduction to Robots in Machining w/Brian Panek [Replay]

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes from the MakingChips Vault.

On this episode, we will be speaking with Brian Panek of Panek Precision, a leading precision machine shop, located outside of Chicago, IL. Brian takes us through the history of the shop and it’s longtime relationship with robot technology. We’ll hear about the “aha” moment that led to the implementation of their first robot, as Brian details the impact they have had on his business.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – IMTS 2018
[03:01] – Welcome Brian Panek
[05:50] – Panek Precision’s Story
[07:20] – Their First Robot
[09:45] – Keeping Up With Production
[14:04] – Reintroducing Robot Technology
[16:38] – Throughput and Quality
[19:21] – Collaborative Robot Technology
[20:14] – The MFG Meeting 2018
[21:37] – Naming Robots and Lead Time
[23:40] – Vision for the Future
[28:00] – Conclusion of Episode

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 – Register Today!
Washington University in St. Louis
TMA Illinois
Panek Precision
The MFG Meeting 2018
Jim Carroll – Futurist
Brian Panek | LinkedIn

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

 

MakingChips and Orbitform talk about Continuous Improvement

MC133: Kill The Castings and Continuous Improvement at Orbitform

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring back Phil and David from Orbitform as we conclude our interview with a detailed discussion on Orbitform’s continuous process improvements. We’ll talk about the steps that your manufacturing business can take to start implementing continuous process improvements. In manufacturing news, we give our take on the newly passed tax reform bill and it’s impact on manufacturing in the United States. We also share some exciting news about the future of MakingChips.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – IMTS 2018
[04:37] – Manufacturing News
[10:30] – Continuous Improvement Initiative
[14:00] – The First Steps
[17:32] – Bonus Incentive Plan
[20:43] – Kill The Castings
[25:27] – Hone Your Skills
[26:34] – Driving the Profitability
[30:48] – Automating The Process
[33:49] – Looking at the Data
[36:00] – Conclusion of Episode
[38:43] – The MFG Meeting 2018

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 – Register Today!
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
Orbitform
Eli (Eliyahu) Goldratt “The Goal”
Phil Sponsler | LinkedIn
David Shirkey | LinkedIn
Carr Machine and Tool | Case Studies
The MFG Meeting 2018

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

E132

MC132: Leading Indicators in Acquisitions – Orbitform’s Growth Engine

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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring you part two of our interview with David Shirkey and Phil Sponsler of Orbitform. David and Phil walk us through their process of grading potential acquisitions. We’ll also hear about their active involvement in The Assembly Trade Show and how they quantify their ROI. Later on, we learn about David’s discovery of the MakingChips Podcast, as he explains the takeaways their business has received from the show.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – IMTS 2018
[02:52] – The Trade Show
[08:50] – Quantifying ROI
[10:21] – Distinguishing Clients
[13:50] – Looking at Acquisitions
[16:46] – Grading Possible Acquisitions
[20:25] – Hearing about MakingChips
[25:03] – Michigan Manufacturer of the Year

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 – Register Today!
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
Orbitform
The Assembly Show
Workshop for Warriors
Phil Sponsler | LinkedIn
David Shirkey | LinkedIn

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

Orbitform and MakingChips Podcast

MC131: A Driven Process for Manufacturing Sales

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Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode, we welcome two very special guests from Orbitform to the MakingChips Podcast. We are pleased to welcome Phil Sponsler (President of Orbitform) and David Shirkey (Manager of Strategic Initiatives). Orbitform (Jackson, Michigan) manufacturers custom assembly machines and assembly systems to customers and industries around the world.

Phil and David tell us the story of how Orbitform was started and how they got involved with the company. We’ll hear some insights on Orbitform’s remarkable success following the great recession and how they developed an internal CRM software system that created unprecedented efficiency in their business. In Manufacturing News, we continue to talk about the industry’s growing optimism as U.S. Manufacturing accelerates to it’s best year in over a decade.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] – IMTS 2018
[03:50] – Manufacturing News
[04:43] – Anything New at ZENGERS?
[07:06] – What’s New With Jim?
[08:50] – Introducing David Shirkey
[09:39] – Introducing Phil Sponsler
[10:38] – The Story of Orbitform
[11:38] – What Is Orbital Riveting
[16:27] – Coming Out of the Recession
[17:49] – Phil’s Initial Journey
[19:14] – Marketing vs Sales Driven
[20:41] – Driven Process
[22:15] – Orbistix Mission
[24:21] – What is a “Form Fix”
[26:20] – Orbitform’s CRM Efficiency
[31:43] – 98% Utilization

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018 – Register Today!
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
Manufacturing News
Orbitform
Ballistix
Theory of Constraints
Division of Labor in Sales
Sales Process Engineering
Eli (Eliyahu) Goldratt “The Goal”
Phil Sponsler | LinkedIn
David Shirkey | 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

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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

E125

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

MakingChips live episode VIA conference

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