Live from IMTS 2018 day four in Chicago, Jason and Jim are joined by Barry Walter, Dietmar Goellner, Craig Zoberis, and Teresa Beach-Shelow to give their insight and advice that will help manufacturers sleep better at night. There are so many

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Episode 71 | Workforce, Community, Leadership

During this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason talk with Tim Thiessen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Okuma America Corporation about the core values and culture of OKUMA. This conversation happened at IMTS2018 where that unique culture

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Episode 70 | Leadership, Growth, Process

Guests: Rob Sattler

On this episode of MakingChips, Rob Sattler talks about how his family business took manufacturing from the farm to the shop floor. Rob is the Vice President of Sales, Estimating and Engineering at Sattler Inc in Ira, Michigan. He comes from a

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Episode 69 | Leadership, Growth

Guests: Peter Claus

This week on MakingChips, Peter Claus talks about the whirlwind of leadership he experiences in his manufacturing job. Peter is the CNC supervisor at HFW Industries in Buffalo, New York where he has worked for over 20 years. He is also one of this

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Episode 68 | 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

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Episode 67 | Leadership, Technology

Guests: Doug Woods

On this episode of MakingChips, Jason and Jim sit down with Doug Woods, President of AMT to discuss the digital transformation in the manufacturing industry. Doug has had a lifetime of experience in manufacturing and now shares that experience with

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Episode 66 | 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

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Episode 65 | Leadership, Growth

Guests: Bob Bechtold

 

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Episode 64 | Leadership, Growth, Process

Guests: Julie Poulos

In order to generate measurable growth in your manufacturing company, you need to develop a sales playbook. While marketing can help you get noticed among prospective clients, a sales division converts them into revenue producing clients. In order

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Episode 63 | 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,

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Episode 62 | Leadership, Process

Guests: Julie Poulos

Building an outbound marketing strategy for your marketing business is crucial. The reality is that, in order to stay in business, you have to have customers. You need someone willing to buy what you are manufacturing. While it would be great to

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Episode 61 | Leadership

Guests: Stacey Bales

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

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Episode 60 | Leadership

Guests: Patricia Miller

Startup" ]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

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Episode 59 | Leadership, Growth, Process

Guests: Phil Sponsler, David Shirkey

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

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Episode 58 | Leadership, Growth, Process

Hello Metalworking Nation and Happy Holidays from all of us at MakingChips! We are happy to be back in our DMDII studio where today we will be expanding upon some similar processes from our last episode.

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Episode 57 | Leadership

Hello Metalworking Nation and Happy Thanksgiving from MakingChips!

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Episode 56 | 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

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Episode 55 | 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,

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Episode 54 | Leadership

Guests: Stacia Hobson

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today on MakingChips we welcome back Stacia Hobson for the second half of our two part interview. On this episode we'll hear about how her father reacted to their confrontation. Stacia also shares with us how she was able

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Episode 53 | Leadership

Guests: Stacia Hobson

Hello Metalworking Nation! On this two part episode of MakingChips, we welcome Stacia Hobson, Co-Owner of Image Industries, Inc to our remote studio at the TMA in Schaumburg, IL. Image Industries offers stud welding solutions for compact

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Episode 52 | Leadership

Guests: Patricia Miller, Will Scott

Hello Metalworking Nation! Two weeks ago we were joined by Patricia Miller and Will Scott of Matrix 4 as they introduced us to the roles of Visionary and Integrator. Today, we take a deeper dive into those roles as we learn how they have been

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Episode 51 | Leadership

Guests: Patricia Miller, Will Scott

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring back a former guest who’s incredible journey over the last few years has seen her go from an industry “newbie” to a manufacturing “rockstar". Two years ago we introduced you to Patricia Miller of

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Episode 50 | Leadership

Guests: Nicole Wolter

Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode, we bring you part two of our interview with Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing. Last week we heard about a dire situation within HM Manufacturing that rocked the family business to it's core.

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Episode 49 | Leadership

Guests: Nicole Wolter

11Hello Metalworking Nation and greetings from our studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Chicago.  On this two part episode of MakingChips, we welcome back Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing Company. Nicole shares the captivating story of

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Episode 48 | Leadership

Success is one of those concepts that we all understand, and yet, in reality it means something different to each individual. For some, it is financial, for others it is freedom to be able to lead a certain lifestyle.

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Episode 47 | Leadership

In business, we all know things don’t always go the way they’re supposed to. Shipments become delayed, orders aren’t finished on time, and plans can change in an instant. Sometimes you can’t keep up with your end of the transaction. So what is the

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Episode 46 | Leadership

"The more comfortable you get with trying new things, the more you're going to say yes to new challenges."

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Episode 45 | 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

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Episode 44 | Leadership, Process

Guests: Andrea Olson

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to bring in a very special guest this week; someone who we truly believe can help elevate your leadership to the next level. Today we welcome Andrea Olson, founder and CEO of Prag'madik. Prag'madik  works

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Episode 43 | Leadership

Guests: Tom Carmazzi

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are back in Burr Ridge, IL -- headquarters of the Tuthill Corporation for Part 2 of our interview with CEO Tom Carmazzi.

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Episode 42 | Leadership

Guests: Tom Carmazzi

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you from Burr Ridge, IL -- headquarters of the Tuthill Corporation where we welcome CEO Tom Carmazzi to the MakingChips Podcast. Tuthill Corporation, established in 1892, has been manufacturing pumps,

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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

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Episode 40 | Leadership

Guests: Paul Van Metre

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we are excited to bring you another story that we hope will equip and inspire the younger generation of manufacturing leaders. Flying all the way in from Washington State, we are joined by Paul Van Metre, Co-Founder

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Episode 39 | Leadership

"The way we run a business today is completely different than how my dad would run his business.” - Jim Carr

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Episode 38 | Leadership

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled and excited to be back on this brand new year as we get right back into the swing of it. On this episode of MakingChips, we’ll equip and inspire you with the skills that can bring your OEM partnerships

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Episode 37 | Leadership

Guests: Nicole Wolter

On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome Nicole Wolter, Vice-President of H.M. Manufacturing to the show. H.M. Manufacturing is a family-owned, gear and pulley manufacturing facility in Chicago that specializes in Custom/Standard Pulleys, Gears,

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Episode 36 | Leadership, Technology

Guests: Ray Ziganto

On today’s episode of MakingChips, we welcome back our good friend Ray Ziganto, President of Bi-Link, to the show. Bi-Link is a global mechanical component supplier that specializes in Stamping, Injection Molding, Die Cut, EMI/RFI Shielding, and

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Episode 35 | 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

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Episode 34 | Leadership, Process

Where are you going?

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Episode 33 | Leadership, Process

On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome to the show Bill Angsten, co-founder of Compass Automation. Compass Automation designs and builds custom equipment to automate manufacturing processes. Bill talks with us about how he started the company,

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Episode 32 | 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,

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Episode 31 | Leadership

We are happy to announce that this is the first episode of MakingChips shot entirely with video. We want to thank Chuck Shroeder and IMTS for coming to our studio and making all of us look good. Video segments of this episode are soon to come.

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Episode 30 | Leadership

Today on MakingChips: We welcome a very special VIP guest to our show,  Sean Holt - President for the Americas at Sandvik Coromant. Sean has more than twenty years of engineering, business development and management experience. He is currently

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Episode 29 | Process, Leadership

There is an old adage that has been floating around the business world for ages; “you should never do business with friends". If you’ve never worked together with your friend, it can be difficult to translate their skills from a social context into

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Episode 28 | Process, Leadership

Throughout history, successful individuals such as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison all met with groups of like-minded people on a regular basis, to help one another achieve common goals and grow. Today, this concept is called a

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Episode 27 | Process, Leadership

We come to you from two separate locations (Dallas & Chicago) on this remote episode of MakingChips. Today we talk about establishing and exploring your manufacturing company’s niche. Jim and Jason share their idea of what niche means to them in

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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

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Episode 25 | Leadership

Women are the future of manufacturing industry leaders and essential to the success of the industry. However, many women in manufacturing have experienced a gender bias which has excluded them from core managerial roles such as production

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Episode 24 | Leadership

For many manufacturing leaders, the idea of delegating tasks can cause a feeling of uneasiness. Maybe you think you’ve got everything under control, or that things always have to be done your way. In reality, doing everything yourself is simply

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Episode 23 | Leadership, Process

It’s the beginning of a new year, which for many is a time to start following through with resolutions and goals. Unfortunately, many people come to find that many of those resolutions don’t always pan out the way we would like them to. If you’re

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This is MakingChips Episode 50!

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Episode 21 | Leadership

Guests: Peter Zelinski

What makes a good leader? Leadership is the single most important factor in the success or failure of any business. Great leaders use their leadership traits to motivate, inspire, and build high performance teams around them. The role of an

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Episode 20 | Leadership

Guests: Eric Schmid, Heidi Schmid

The thought of leaving your machine shop for even a few hours can be enough to cause anxiety for many manufacturing leaders, so it may seem impossible to imagine running your business from halfway across the country.

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Episode 19 | Leadership

Guests: Craig Zoberis

Last week on MakingChips, we sat down with Craig Zoberis of Fusion OEM for the first half of a two part interview. This week, we cover a range of topics relating to a company’s Core Values.

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Episode 18 | Leadership

Guests: Craig Zoberis

In the modern business era, we consistently hear the terms “core values” and “company culture”. Among many other business terms, we have integrated these words into our everyday language. But what are company core values and why are they so

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Episode 17 | Community, Leadership

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

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Episode 16 | Leadership

Guests: Michelle Mabry

 

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Episode 15 | Process, Leadership

Guests: Tom Hilaris

Welcome to Episode 38 of the MakingChips podcast.  In this episode Jason Zenger and Jim Carr discuss growth through acquisitions in the manufacturing industry with Tom Hilaris of Ergoseal.

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Episode 14 | Leadership, Process

Guests: Karla Dobbeck

Why are employee annual reviews a bad idea? It’s not the idea of having a meeting with employees that’s a bad idea, it’s the verbiage we use to describe what is happening. An “annual review” or “evaluation” has a top-down implication that puts the

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Episode 13 | Process, Leadership

Guests: Karla Dobbeck

Every employer has to deal with the complex issues that are a part of employment law in the modern age. But they also have to run a shop that is well-tuned and efficient. Too often those two responsibilities conflict in ways that they don’t expect.

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Episode 12 | Leadership

Guests: Patricia Miller

We introduced you to Patricia Miller of Matrix IV back in episode 26 and in today’s episode we’re going to do a deeper dive into the challenges and victories Patricia has faced as she’s taken over the reigns of her family’s ailing manufacturing

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Episode 11 | Leadership

Guests: Patricia Miller

They still said, “You’re crazy… but there were positive things.”

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Episode 10 | Leadership, Growth

Guests: Julie Poulos, Ray Ziganto

Manufacturing leaders know what they do because they do it every day. But how do you communicate your areas of specialty and expertise in a concise, powerful way so that your prospective clients are able to get it right off? That’s what a corporate

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Episode 9 | 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.

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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

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Episode 7 | Leadership

Guests: Fernando Ortiz

In this episode, we interview Fernando Ortiz about his inspiring rise from driver to managing Roberts Swiss, a 60 year old manufacturer of Precision Swiss Machined Parts.  Fernando gives actionable advise to others who are not born into privilege

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Episode 6 | Leadership, Process

Guests: Aaron Wiegel

When should the owners of a business start succession planning?  NOW!

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Episode 5 | 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.

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Episode 4 | Leadership

Do you have to grow in order to sustain a healthy manufacturing company?

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Episode 3 | Leadership

How Is there a plan in place at your company if a top employee, such as the president or owner dies? Episode five is the first in a new interview format on MakingChips. In this fifth episode, we talk to Stacey Bales about her story of taking over as

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Episode 2 | Leadership, Workforce

We are in a recession…now what? Do you go to the bar or do you take action? Welcome to Episode 4 of the MakingChips podcast. In this fourth episode, Jim and I will step you through 11 points to consider WHEN the recession hits the Metalworking

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Episode 1 | 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.

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