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Our favorite restaurants in Chicago

Challenges: Leadership
Published: December 21, 2017 | News

Jim’s five favorite Chicago restaurants:  Bavette’s Topolobampo RPM Italian Bar Siena Coco Pazzo Jason’s ten favorite Chicago restaurants: Amanda Zenger’s Kitchen – not a real restaurant, but the best Thai food in Chicago The Bristol – unique American food and amazing brunch Girl and the Goat – very unique and if you’re going to eat

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Episode 80 | Leadership

Today on MakingChips, we answer a question from a listener and aspiring manufacturing leader named Doug. Doug asks the question: “Not being a manager yet, what can I do to promote a positive culture/work environment at work?” Jim and Jason share their respective opinions on the matter. In Manufacturing News, we talk about concerns over rising wages

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Episode 77 | Leadership, Process

Where are you going? Knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing (your mission), where you’re trying to go (your vision), and how you’re going to go about it (your values) are the glue that holds an organization together. On this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason dive into the subject of corporate vision. Notably, the

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Episode 75 | Leadership, Process

It is not unusual for multiple members of a family to work at the same business.  However, such situations can be troublesome if the relationships give rise to suspicions of favoritism or unfair treatment. We see this a lot in family business, government, everywhere.  After all, it’s in our human nature to help those we love and

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MakingChips Listener Survey

Published: December 16, 2015 | News

We here at MakingChips strive to provide you with the best content for equipping manufacturing leaders. We would love to hear comments and suggestions from you, the listener. We ask that you please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey so that we can better understand what resonates with our listeners. Thank You,

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Episode 44 | Process

Episode 44 of MakingChips is inspired by Matthew Feight of Miller Welding.  He writes: I should start by saying that I am a Plant Manager for contract manufacturer in central Pennsylvania. We have approximately 400 employees within our 3 locations and are a contract manufacturer of fabricated metal products with capabilities in cutting, bending, welding,

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Episode 42 | Leadership, Community

Chambers of commerce have been around for a very long time. The very first recorded mention of a chamber of commerce was in Marseille, France in 1599. Trade associations have an equally long history with Associations finding their roots in organizations such as the church, medieval craft guilds, and merchant trading groups. Both groups still

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Episode 41 | Growth

The Mazak event is almost here. Act now to be a part of this amazing event! Mazak is a company that leads the way in the manufacture of advanced technology solutions including Multi-Tasking, hybrid Multi-Tasking, 5-axis, milling, turning, CNC controls and automation. Their upcoming event, Discover 2015 is one of the largest events held in

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Episode 40 | Technology

The world has changed since the days of your grandfather’s old, dusty, dingy manufacturing shop. Technology and a global economy are forcing these changes and the American manufacturing industry is changing along with it. Small manufacturers now have to compete on a global level and it’s to the advantage of all manufacturers within the United

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Episode 33 | Process

The nature of things in the manufacturing industry has changed. Gone are the days when a physical filing system will adequately contain all the documents and resources you need to help your company thrive. The technology era is here and the manufacturing leaders of the future will be the ones who are able to stay

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Episode 29 | Process

Today’s episode of Making Chips features a listener question. You can leave your question for Jim and Jason to answer by going to www.MakingChips.com to leave your question. They just might answer it on an upcoming podcast episode. Today’s question has to do with costing out a job. Is there a standard formula or way

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Episode 25 | Workforce, Community

Where do you typically find the best employees for your manufacturing company? How do you go about finding them? As you’ll hear from Jim and Jason’s stories in this podcast episode, everyone gets into the business through a different path. But the guys believe there’s a huge reservoir of future manufacturing leaders in High School

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Episode 24 | Growth, Technology

That’s how strongly Jim feels about the power of having a presence on LinkedIn. It’s not just for job-seekers, it’s for anyone who wants to engage in dialogue and exchange of information in a business niche. Manufacturing is one of those and you might be surprised at the amount of information flowing back and forth

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Episode 23 | Process

Every now and then we like to go to square one to discuss some fundamental issues surrounding the work done in the average machine shop. This episode is one of those episodes. Jim and Jason are talking SFPM – Surface Feet Per Minute in this episode. If you don’t understand what SFPM is, or if

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Episode 20 | Process, Technology

Does your machining company need a vending system? This is a hot topic edition where Jim is asking Jason about vending systems.  You may have the impression that vending machines are just for large manufacturing companies, but is that true? You’re going to find out that and a ton more about vending systems in this episode of

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Episode 16 | Leadership, Workforce, Community

Guests: Ray Ziganto, Dave Szczupak, Jim Schultz, Cary Wood, David Boulay

In this episode we pack 5 VIP guests into one MakingChips episode.  We start with Ray Ziganto, President of Bi-Link, a global manufacturing company with 1,500 employees, sharing his take-aways from the Crain’s Manufacturing Summit.  We want you to ask yourself these 3 questions: Are you on the “leading-edge”? Are you re-thinking the education of your workforce? Are you

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Episode 14 | Process

In this episode, Jim and I discuss how grant money can help to expand your manufacturing business.  We specifically discuss the Federal TAAF (Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms) Grant that Jim was awarded and the process that he went through to receive the money. MakingChips.com/TAAF In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss an article in the LA Times

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Episode 10 | Leadership, Community

Who is in your network?  In this episode, we discuss the power of networking and how to properly cultivate relationships within the Metalworking Nation. Why is networking important?  For Jim and I, our network is composed of peers who share best practices, support each other, make sales referrals AND enjoy spending time together. SPONSOR: Join

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Episode 7 | Community, Technology

Manufacturing conjures up an image of a dirty, physical, labor intensive job, but the reality is that the machining industry is one of the most technological forward and innovative industries.  In this seventh episode, Jim and I discuss how the industry has changed along with machine and software technology. In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss

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Episode 6 | Process

Are international standards important for your company or your partners?  In this sixth episode, Jim and I discuss ISO and the impact of ISO on his company.  We discuss the specific standards of ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) & OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety). Fun Facts: ISO, the International Organization of Standards, has 3 official languages (English,

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