How To Have a Tough Conversation About Succession Planning When You’re next in Succession at Your Manufacturing Company

Challenges: Leadership, Process, Read

There are somewhere around 350,000 manufacturing companies in America, and 98% have less than 500 employees. Most of these small and midsize manufacturers (SMMs) are family-owned, and chances are, if you’re reading this article, you are an owner of

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There’s a Robot at Your Door; Are You Ready to Open It?

Challenges: Leadership, Workforce, Read

This week’s episode of MakingChips was all about the guys sharing their personal stories and insight on family business succession planning, but succession is not limited to family businesses. The truth is, every manufacturing business leader needs

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Brandon Kane’s Entrepreneurial Journey Starting a CNC Machine Shop

Challenges: Community, Workforce, Read

Something we’re all proud of here at MakingChips is that each of us comes from a multi-generational, family-owned manufacturing business background. And  just as those who have come before us took the time to teach and guide us in this business, at

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The Three Keys to Manufacturing Entrepreneurship, Part 3: A Successful Manufacturing Startup Will Never Be About You

Challenges: Community, Growth, Read

Our goal with this three part post has been to inspire the next generation of manufacturing leaders to think beyond themselves as they build their business. The mission and vision of MakingChips isn’t to grow Carr Machine & Tool, sell more cutting

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The Three Keys to Manufacturing Entrepreneurship, Part 2: Recognize You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Challenges: Community, Workforce, Read

Never underestimate the power of finding a few good mentors.

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The Three Keys to Manufacturing Entrepreneurship, Part 1: Dream Big but Take Little for Granted

Challenges: Community, Process, Read

 There’s nothing the Metalworking Nation needs more than young entrepreneurial manufacturing talent. Yet, the overwhelming narrative in the media is the manufacturing industry’s desperate search for skilled workers.

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Manufacturing Employees Report Increased Stress; Are You the Reason for the Rise?

Challenges: News, Workforce, Read

No industry is free from factors of high stress, including the metalworking industry. According to a recent Forbes magazine article, workplace stress has risen nearly 20% in three decades, and most significantly over the past five years. In an

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Four Steps to Maintaining Balance in Manufacturing Leadership

Challenges: Leadership, Community, Read

Hello, My name is Dietmar, and I’m a recovering workaholic. 

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The Importance of Link Building for Manufacturing Leaders

Challenges: Community, Growth, Read

If you are at least vaguely familiar with “Search Engine Optimization” (SEO) then you probably know it matters for sales and marketing. However, it’s rare for me to find another manufacturing leader that thinks about link building.

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Five Things Anyone in Manufacturing Can Do to Up Their Social Media Game

Challenges: Community, Growth, Workforce, Read

Your website is still your biggest lead generation asset, but don’t overlook implementing social media strategy to reach the metalworking nation.

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