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Finding skilled labor is an industry-wide challenge. We speak with the visionaries who inspire the next generation to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Episode 159 | Workforce

Guests: Jess Giudici, Titan Gilroy, Federico Sciammarella, Toni Neary

On this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason broadcast live from IMTS with their guest panel including Jess Giudici, Titan Gilroy, Federico Sciammarella and Toni Neary to discuss solving the skills gap in manufacturing. The manufacturing industry has a problem. There is not enough talent to fill the current job opportunities in the United States.

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Episode 151 | Workforce

Guests: Greg Jones

The growth and impact of manufacturing tomorrow depends on the next-generation leaders you are investing in today. During this episode of MakingChips, Greg Jones, Vice President of Smartforce Development at AMT, discusses how he is trying to help reduce the skills gap that exists in manufacturing. He also gives some practical ways that manufacturing leaders

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Episode 149 | Leadership, Workforce, Growth

Guests: Julie Poulos

Can you see a return on investment in company culture in your business? It’s a question that every manufacturing owner or operator should consider. Much of the focus in manufacturing is on production. However, one of the biggest investments you can make in your company and brand is in the area of culture. Investing in

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Episode 147 | Leadership, Workforce

Guests: Aneesa Muthana

Few people are champions of manufacturing education like Jim’s guest on this episode of MakingChips, Aneesa Muthana. Aneesa began working in her father’s manufacturing shop when she was a very young girl, answering phones and making chips of her own. She has grown up with a deep understanding of what makes the manufacturing industry special

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Episode 141 | Workforce, Process, Technology

Guests: Mike Polizzi

In order to have a successful cutting tool manufacturing business, you must have a plan. As Benjamin Franklin once said, failing to plan is planning to fail. Manufacturers shutter their doors every day, not because they aren’t providing a valuable service, but because they have an outdated business plan. You have to consistently invest in

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Episode 139 | Workforce, Technology

Guests: Mike Ramsey

This episode, recorded live at a recent conference, consists of a conversation between Jim and Jason and their guest, Mike Ramsey, Global Vice President of The Industrial Diversified Market Unit at Kennametal. Kennametal is a global manufacturer of cutting tools, mills, drills, taps, and more, so Jason and Jim thought it would be great to

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Episode 125 | Workforce, Process

Guests: Bill Strauss

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

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Episode 123 | Leadership, Workforce

Guests: Rich Hoster

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

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Episode 108 | Leadership, Workforce

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to be coming to you from our brand new studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Chicago. On this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason talk about overtime in the manufacturing industry. Should workers count on it as a guarantee; or should it be considered a special privilege? We

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Business Succession Plan

Challenges: Leadership, Workforce

One sensitive issue for midsize companies, particularly family-owned businesses, is succession. How does one generation pass on control to the next? Business succession planning is difficult to begin with, which is why so many people avoid doing it at all.

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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 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 83 | Workforce

Series: IMTS Live - 2016 Guests: Elena Valentine

Welcome to the first mini episode of MakingChips. In this special MakingChips mini episode, we welcome back Elena Valentine of Skill Scout to the show. Elena talks about what brought her to IMTS, what’s new at Skill Scout, the Smartforce Student Summit, and the resurgence of the maker movement. Episode Structure: [01:30] – What Brought you

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Episode 64 | Workforce

The Manufacturing Industry of today looks a lot different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. Modern machine shops are safe, clean working environments; equipped with high-tech machinery. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with manufacturing as a “dirty” and “dark” profession. So how do we change this perception amongst our youth?  Or perhaps more importantly,

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Episode 60 | Leadership, Workforce, Technology

On this special episode of MakingChips, we recap the 2016 Crain’s Manufacturers Summit with interviews from several VIP guests. First, we speak with John Sapiente of Elgin Die Mold and Trident Manufacturing about the challenges of running two businesses. Second, we have Jason Scher of Vosges Chocolate who speaks to us about working with your spouse, and the evolution of Vosges

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Episode 57 | Workforce

Guests: Rob Stuebing

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Episode 56 | Workforce

Guests: Frank Holthouse

Just a few years ago there were stories of mass layoffs in the manufacturing industry. However, that is no longer the case. In 2015, Forbes listed Machining as one of the top 10 hardest jobs to fill in the United States. Today, Manufacturers are increasingly looking to high schools and community colleges to fill current

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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 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 31 | Workforce

Guests: Harry Moser

Outsourcing jobs to China and other countries used to be the most affordable option for many manufacturing companies. But changes to the global economy have caused changes that make it not only affordable, but even advantageous for U.S. Manufacturers to bring jobs home. Harry Moser is a veteran of the manufacturing industry and upon retirement

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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 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 3 | Leadership, Workforce

Welcome to Episode 3 of the MakingChips podcast. In this third episode, we will give you 7 points to consider BEFORE a recession hits the manufacturing industry. This episode is about tactics for manufacturing companies WHEN the recession hits. That’s right, I said WHEN, not IF. If there is one thing that nobody understands, it’s

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