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Published On: Dec 5, 2023 12:00:00 PM

What separates successful shops from unsuccessful ones? Thepeople. As a leader, taking care of your people is paramount. So how do you manage and lead your people better? By following the Golden Rule. How do you apply the “Golden Rule” in business? Mike Ruge—the Integrator and Experience Director at ZENGERS—shares what that looks like and it can transform your business in this episode of...

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Published On: Nov 29, 2023 12:00:00 PM

How do you select the right ERP for your business? What should the implementation process look like? What are some mistakes you must absolutelyavoidmaking? In this episode of MakingChips, Paul Van Metre shares some of the lessons he’s learned from failed ERP implementations. Because if you’re not MakingChips, you’re not making money. BAM! – Nick

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

Why do you need to create video content, both for recruiting team members and bringing in new business? How can you use video to tell your story? How do you get started when you don’t have the budget to hire a production company? Casey Voelker and Matthew Nix share what you can do to kickstart video marketing for your shop—and why it’s incredibly important—in this episode of MakingChips! Because...

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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: Nov 8, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Recruiting in manufacturing can be difficult. Many students are taught the traditional “Graduate high school and go to college for four years” mentality. While there’s nothing wrong with taking that route, how do we capture the attention of young talent? How do we make them see the career trajectory available in welding or fabrication? Lindsey Nix and Angela Kirlin share some actionable tactics...

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

Most mom-and-pop shops don’t have to worry about recruiting, hiring, and retaining talent until they decide they want to grow. When you find yourself needing to recruit and hire talent, where do you start? Start with your core values. Your company needs core values and a clear mission and vision to hire the right people, build the right culture, and retain your team long-term. Lindsey Nix and...

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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: Oct 10, 2023 12:00:00 PM

You’ve found your acquisition target. They’ve committed to selling you the business. Now the real work begins. It’s time fordue diligence. Where does due diligence start? What factors should you consider? How do you build a checklist? Jason, Nick, Adam Schmitt, and I tackle due diligence in this episode of MakingChips. Because if you’re not doing due diligence, you may miss important factors...

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

How do you increase your capacity, make more chips, and bring on new clientswithoutbuying a new machine or pitching yourself to a single end user?Buying a company. Acquisitions are a large part of how we’ve all built our companies. But how do you start acquiring companies? Why would you want to? In this episode of MakingChips, Adam Schmitt—the Managing Partner of ProFab Alliance—joins Jason,...

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Published On: Sep 18, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Once you’ve implemented lean manufacturing, how do you sustain a lean culture? How do you motivate your team to focus on continuous improvement? How do you inspire them to keep reaching and passing their goals? In this episode of MakingChips—part 2 of a live panel discussion at TSMA with special guests Doug Bawel, Femi D-Etti, and Jake Ward—we dive into what it takes to maintain a lean culture....

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Published On: Sep 12, 2023 12:00:00 PM

What is your definition of lean manufacturing? One definition of lean is “Maximizing the flow of value through your business to your customer.” We all want our business to be customer-centric, right? It’s a given that we all want to reduce waste and improve efficiency. But how do you do that? On this episode of MakingChips, we recorded a live panel discussion at TSMA with special guests Doug...

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