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Episode 160 | Community, Growth

Guests: Aisha Rasul, Corey Koepnick, Tom Fetcho

On Wednesday at IMTS 2018, Jason and Jim hosted a panel including Aisha Rasul of Socistory, Corey Koepnick of Badassmachinists and Tom Fetcho, Vice President of Operations at MariTool to discuss social media management for manufacturers. Should manufacturers be using social media to market their businesses? If so, how does a company use it to

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Episode 157 | Community, Technology

On this episode of MakingChips, Peter Eelman returns to talk about the last minute preparations for IMTS 2018. Peter is the Vice President of Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT. He is also the Senior Executive in charge of the International Manufacturing Technology Show, one of the top three trade shows in the United States.

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Episode 154 | Community

Guests: Jason Lesniewicz

On this episode of MakingChips, Jim talks with Jason Lesniewicz, Director of Cultural Tourism at Choose Chicago, about the best way to experience Chicago. Jason leads Choose Chicago’s cultural tourism strategy positioning as a global, cultural destination to increase visitation and achieve the annual goal of 55 million visitors as set forth by mayor Rahm

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Episode 144 | Leadership, Community, Growth

Guests: Matt Guse

Developing a positive culture within your manufacturing business could be the key to reaching the next level of success with your company. On this week’s episode of MakingChips, you’ll hear from Matt Guse, President of MRS Machining in Augusta, Wisconsin. Matt took over his family manufacturing business in the late 90s after being a machinist

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Episode 142 | Community, Growth, Technology

Guests: Peter Eelman

Whether you are a veteran attendee of IMTS, or you are planning your first experience, this week’s episode of Making Chips is for you. For 90 years, the International Manufacturing Technology Show has been the premiere manufacturing show in North America. It takes place in Chicago on even-numbered years. Peter Eelman has been involved with

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Episode 124 | Leadership, Community

Guests: Patricia Miller

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

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Episode 100 | Leadership, Workforce, Community, Technology

Guests: Brian Panek, Jess Giudici, Bill Downey, Tom Simeone

Hello, Metalworking Nation! Today is an exciting day in the history of MakingChips as we release the highly anticipated Episode 100! We are coming to you live from the Technology & Manufacturing Association in Chicago, IL where we have assembled a round table panel of some of the most progressive manufacturing leaders in the Chicagoland

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Episode 90 | Community

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Doug Woods

On this episode of MakingChips, we are very pleased to welcome Doug Woods, President of AMT–the organization behind IMTS 2016. AMT (The Association For Manufacturing Technology) supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic

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Episode 86 | Workforce, Community

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Jeremy Bout

On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome special guest Jeremy Bout, the Producer and Host of Edge Factor to our show. Edge Factor produces inspiring, high impact media that tell the stories of innovative teams who design and build incredible products that impact lives and ultimately… the future of the country. Their mission is to equip educators

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Episode 66 | Community, Technology

When it comes to starting up your own business, it isn’t always easy finding the the right space for exploring, creating, and developing your new ideas. What if you could assemble a community of like-minded people in a place where you can share ideas, be inspired, and collaborate with other creators. “It started with four or

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Episode 50 | Leadership, Workforce, Community, Growth, Process, Technology

This is MakingChips Episode 50! In this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason recap some of their favorite episodes and interviews from the last year. This episode highlights the story behind MakingChips, as Jim and Jason share their experiences from the beginning to where they are today. “Jason and I really want to thank each

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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 35 | Workforce, Community

Guests: Hernán Luis y Prado

The last episode of Making Chips featured a conversation with Hernán Luis y Prado, U.S. veteran and founder of Workshops for Warriors. This episode is a continuation of that important conversation. Hernán is passionate to see two things: the manufacturing industry rebuilt in a sustainable, truly effective way, and the reintegration of veterans into the

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Episode 34 | Workforce, Community

Guests: Hernán Luis y Prado

There is a problem in the United States among Veterans of the U.S. Military After sacrificing a great deal to protect their homeland, U.S. Veterans often struggle to find their place in civilian society. It’s especially difficult for those who are injured or disabled and come home to industries and jobs that are not suited

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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 18 | Leadership, Community

Guests: Ray Ziganto

In this episode, we interview Ray Ziganto, who created a new concept called “The Hardware Store” for reaching his customers by being innovative, thinking outside the box and finding the Alpha Engineer. Your first place is your home. Your second place is the workplace. The “third place” is another location that connects you into a

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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 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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