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Feb 24, 2016

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 supervisors and operations managers. Compounding the issue, many people think of manufacturing jobs as dirty, unskilled, back-breaking labor. That’s not the case anymore...

 "When the five years had passed and I hadn't done anything, that's when I had to re-evaluate my goals, my decisions, and what I wanted to execute." - Erica Wiegel

On this episode of MakingChips, we have a great conversation with Erica Wiegel, President and Owner of Aro Metal Stamping. Erica shares with us her inspiring story of accomplishing her goals through acquiring a new business. She details the acquisition process, challenges she faced along the way, and lessons she has learned from her experience. We also discuss manufacturing news, WBE certification, associations, and the future of manufacturing.

Episode Outline:

  • [00:07] - Episode Preview
  • [01:55] - Manufacturing News
  • [04:15] - Welcome Erica Wiegel
  • [07:25] - What Aro Metal Does
  • [08:10] - Erica’s 5 Year Goal Plan
  • [10:20] - Woman Business Enterprise 
  • [12:00] - Acquiring a New Business
  • [13:30] - New Employees
  • [14:15] - A Good Fit (Company Culture)
  • [16:20] - Value Added
  • [17:45] - Defining Goals
  • [18:55] - Challenges, Mistakes, and Lessons
  • [20:25] - Associations
  • [21:40] - Competitive Edge
  • [22:30] - WBE Certification
  • [23:48] - The Next 5 Years (Near-sourcing)
  • [25:50] - Cleaning Up
  • [26:45] - Conclusion of Episode

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    • jim@makingchips.com
    • jason@makingchips.com
    • ryan@makingchips.com
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    • (312) 725-0245

 

Feb 17, 2016

A few months ago, we met with Craig Zoberis of Fusion OEM to talk about his company's Core Values. In that episode, we covered the importance of figuring out who you are as a company and what you stand for.  More than anything, being a leader is about staying true to the values and principles that you have built your company on. Leadership also imparts the responsibility of holding your vision even as it becomes more tempting to disengage and simply enjoy the fruits of success.

“You come to the point where you’ve hit a ceiling and you need to break through that ceiling. The only way to do that is to really get unified, get focused, and have a clear vision of values that the whole company is following." - Jason Zenger

On this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason cover the basics of developing your core values. Jason shares his process of developing ZENGERS' core values with the listeners. We also talk with John Sapiente of Trident Manufacturing, who will be a panelist at the upcoming Crain's Manufacturers Summit.

Episode Outline:

  • [00:07] - Episode Preview
  • [01:16] - Phone Interview with John Sapiente
  • [03:10] - Innovation
  • [06:50] - Growth at MakingChips
  • [08:10] - Listener Engagement
  • [10:30] - "Titan American Built"
  • [12:40] - Leave Us Feedback
  • [14:00] - Developing ZENGERS' Core Values
  • [16:50] - Interviews
  • [21:15] - Collecting Data
  • [23:40] - Core Value vs. Vision
  • [26:50] - ZENGERS' Core Values
  • [27:15] - Fusion OEM's Core Values
  • [28:18] - Life is Great!
  • [30:26] - Embodying the Core Values
  • [31:25] - Life Happens
  • [33:15] - Call to Action

ZENGERS Core Values:

  1. Do the right thing.
  2. Go above, and beyond.
  3. Be dependable.
  4. Life is great!

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You:

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    • jim@makingchips.com
    • jason@makingchips.com
    • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone
    • (312) 725-0245

 

Feb 10, 2016

Last week, we talked with Frank Holthouse about East Leyden High School’s Metals Program, and how they are providing an environment for students to learn modern manufacturing practices. This week, we continue that discussion. What can we do to spark interest in manufacturing to the younger generation? How can you replicate the success of Leyden’s Metals Program in your own community?

“We need to see more of this in high schools … Those in the industry should be pushing their local high schools (or other outlets) ... to cater to getting more people involved in the world of manufacturing.” - Rob Stuebing

On this episode of MakingChips, we speak with Rob Stuebing. Rob is the Vice-President of Qualiseal Technology and Current Chair of the Leyden Technology Council. Rob talks with us about the inception of the council, the success of the metals program, current objectives for the organization, and enhancing your high school’s metalworking program. We also discuss manufacturing news in the current political climate.

Episode Outline:

  • [00:07] - Episode Preview
  • [01:15] - Crain’s Manufacturing
  • [02:56] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:15] - Welcoming Rob Stuebing
  • [07:10] - Leyden Technology Council  
  • [09:40] - Technology and Manufacturing Association
  • [10:10] - Inception of the Technology Council
  • [12:15] - Appealing to the Younger Generation
  • [14:50] - Objective of the Technology Council
  • [17:09] - Enhancing Your High School Metals Program
  • [18:55] - Meeting Agenda
  • [20:37] - Success Stories
  • [23:00] - Conclusion of Episode

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Feb 3, 2016
Just a few years ago there were stories of mass layoffs in the manufacturing industry. Now, that is no longer the case. In 2015, Forbes listed Machining as one of the top 10 hardest jobs to fill in the United States. Today, Manufacturers are increasingly looking to high schools and community colleges to fill current staffing needs. Many schools are working to meet demand by modernizing their manufacturing education programs.
 
We’re very proud of where we are, and where we’ve taken our program since the 1940’s" - Frank Holthouse
 
On this episode of MakingChips we have a conversation with Frank Holthouse. Frank serves as the Industrial Technology Chairperson at East Leyden High School, where he has been teaching  for the last 10 years. Frank instructs East Leyden’s metalworking program, simply referred to as the Metals Program. The Metals Program provides opportunities for students to learn about modern technical practices, industrial organizations, and the role of technology in our industrial society. Students are encouraged to explore several courses, specialize in a specific course area, and ultimately participate in the school/industry cooperative work program.
 
Episode Outline:
[00:07] - Episode Preview
[01:00] - Crain’s Manufacturers Summit
[02:18] - Manufacturing News
[04:15] - Welcome Frank Holthouse
[05:20] - Industrial Program at East Leyden H.S.
[09:08] - Machines in the Shop
[10:21] - Enrolling in the Metalworking Program
[13:15] - Safety and Measurements
[15:00] - Structure of Metals Class
[16:55] - Fundamental Machining Skills
[17:40] - Jim’s High School Experience
[20:45] - NIMS Credentials
[22:25] - Marketing the Program
[25:20] - Challenges of Running the Program
[26:45] - Size of Metalworking Program
[27:30] - Success Story
[30:10] - Conclusion of Episode
 
Mentioned in this Episode:
Crain's Manufacturers Summit Promo Code: MANU2
Leyden Metals
 
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