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Published On: Nov 14, 2023 12:00:00 PM

What is FabTech? Why should anyone in welding, fabrication, metal forming, or finishing attend FabTech? They not only hold seminars and have booths and exhibitors to visit. You won’t only learn about trends in technology and meet with potential suppliers. Most importantly, you’ll be able tonetwork. In this episode of MakingSparks recorded live at FabTech 2023, we interview a couple of people we...

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Published On: Oct 24, 2023 12:00:00 PM

MakingSparks hasofficiallyarrived! Matthew Nix and I, Casey Voelker, are here to speak to the welding and fabrication industry. And just like MakingChips, we want to equip and inspire while attracting the next generation. Everyone will have some takeaways from MakingSparks. In this episode, Matthew shares more about Nix Companies and their explosive growth over the last 20 years. We’ll also...

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Published On: Oct 17, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Are you in welding or fabrication? Are you a long-time listener of MakingChips who’s just beenwaitingfor content that speaks directly to you?The wait is over. In this episode of MakingChips, Casey Voelker and Matthew Nix join us to introduce a brand new addition to the MakingChips lineup:MakingSparks. Casey and Matthew will be hosting the show that will bring even more industry voices to the...

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Published On: Aug 22, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Today’s controversial topic: What is a woman…in manufacturing? We need to inspire the next generation of women to pursue a career path in manufacturing. But is the “sex sells” movement killing any chance of that? I’m Nicole Wolter—the President and CEO of HM Manufacturing. In this episode of MakingChips, I share how we can attract more women to manufacturing. Because if you’re not making chips,...

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Published On: Jul 10, 2023 12:00:00 PM

I created a campaign tobuild awareness for machinists. Why? Because, sadly, the general public knows very little about manufacturing. They don’t look around them and see what we see: That almost everything is machined. So in this episode of MakingChips, I’ll share a few ways you can highlight manufacturing in your communities. It’s not just to build awareness but to also grow interest in...

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Published On: Jul 3, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Paul Van Metre is no stranger to MakingChips, and we’ve shared his story before. But this time, we’re looking at it through a whole new lens. Paul and his partners started in the industry running a machine shop. Then, it morphed into a software company:ProShop. What started as a solution totheirproblems became a solution for thousands of businesses. How has ProShop become a game-changing ERP?...

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Published On: May 22, 2023 12:00:00 PM

We are melting our faces off with some hot sauces in this episode of MakingChips. Why? Because spices break down barriers. And as these hot sauces break down our mouths, you may just get some answers you weren't expecting about everything from mental health to making investments. So join us as we work our way through aLethal DoseofThe Hottest Sauce in the Universeand reachThe Endof this...

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Published On: May 15, 2023 12:00:00 PM

We’ve moved on to medium sauce and we are on FIRE. We’re in manufacturing, so the MakingChips podcast covers all things manufacturing. But we’re also human, and we value the importance of being transparent and talking about things like mental health. So in this episode of MakingChips, we cover some of the most challenging things we’ve faced both personally and as manufacturing leaders. So as we...

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Published On: May 8, 2023 12:00:00 PM

We’re tasting our way through 12 different types of hot sauce chosen by none other than me, Tony Gunn, the Global GM at Meaghan Ziemba of Mavens of Manufacturing also joins us as we work our way through some chicken wings. We’ll talk about our backgrounds, how we balance life and work, and mental health in manufacturing. Balance is important, and if you don’t have it, you won’t be...

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Published On: May 1, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Does Titan still run a shop? Does he believe in digital transformation on the shop floor? Why did Titan seek out jobs no one else wanted? In this special edition of MakingChips, Titan Gilroy answers burning listener questions while simultaneously sharing some spectacular advice for manufacturing leaders everywhere. We recorded a short and sweet episode so we could all get back to MakingChips,...

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Published On: Apr 3, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Steve Burkett has been in global aerospace manufacturing for 30 years. One year ago, he bought a well-established local shop and is now the President and CEO ofAuto-Turn Manufacturing. Steve transitioned from being a big MFG leader to a small MFG owner. In this episode of MakingChips, Steve covers the good, bad, and the ugly of the transition.Ishe MakingChips?Ishe MakingMoney? There’s only...

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Published On: Mar 28, 2023 2:00:00 PM

Ken Parent keeps itreal. Ken launchedParent Manufacturingin 2020 in the midst of the Covid pandemic. Navigating running a small shop and providing for his family hasn’t been an easy road. Instead of shying away from the reality of entrepreneurism, Ken shares the good, the bad, and the ugly on LinkedIn. The response has beenoverwhelming. In this episode of MakingChips, we chat with Ken about...

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