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 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. Click Here if you missed Part 1:Dream Big but Take Little for Granted

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How to Fight Burnout in the Manufacturing Industry and Win

Challenges: News, Community, Workforce

Manufacturing is a cyclical industry. When things are booming, it's hard to keep up. So we work more. Then, when things are slow, it's hard to survive. So we work more. The sales may fluctuate, the market may boom or tank, but the amount of effort

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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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I Hope You Don’t Like Dinosaurs

Challenges: News, Workforce

This week’s news segment focused on a February 2019 Industry Week article asking, “What makes a great manufacturing leader?” This is a valuable, in-depth article based on interviews with established manufacturing executives and industry observers,

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Simple Ways Manufacturers Can Harness the Power of LinkedIn

Challenges: Growth, Workforce

LinkedIn began in 2002—before the dawn of Facebook—and in my opinion has been misunderstood and mischaracterized ever since. Thus, many manufacturers have not taken full advantage of this powerful platform to promote their products, find new

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Is the Metalworking Nation Really Running out of Workers?

Challenges: News, Community, Workforce

In this week’s MakingChips news segment, Nick shared an article from LinkedIn Business titled, These Industries Will Face the Biggest Talent Shortages by 2030, where manufacturing was third on the list.

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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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Is the Metalworking Nation Roaring Back to Life? Experts say “Meow”

Challenges: News, Workforce

President Trump announced, “We have created 5.3 million new jobs and importantly added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs.” Half a million manufacturing jobs in just two years - true or false? We take a closer look in this week’s news segment.

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Dear Foxconn, We Want Our (Tax) Money Back. Thank you.

Challenges: News, Community, Workforce

In this week’s MakingChips podcast episode we discussed the Bloomberg news article, “Inside Wisconsin’s Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal with Foxconn”, by Austin Carr (no relation to our very own Jim Carr).

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How Industrial Manufacturers Use Video to Guide Customers and Prospects

Challenges: Growth, Workforce

Industrial manufacturers can use video storytelling successfully to reel-in and guide customers and potential prospects through the buyer’s journey.

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