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Nov 14, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to be back in the MakingChips studio! On today's episode we answer a listener's questions about the social media platform, LinkedIn. Jim and Jason both share their individual strategies for using the business platform -- notably for creating a conversation, strengthening their personal brand, and connecting with like minded individuals. They'll share their LinkedIn do's and don'ts, as well as their goals for optimizing the platform's full potential. In manufacturing news, we talk about how Boeing is seeking thousands of applicants for open manufacturing jobs.


 

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018 - Register Today
[03:48] - Whats New with Jim?
[05:28] - Whats New with Jason?
[08:03] - Manufacturing News
[12:27] - Answering a Listener’s Questions
[14:50] - Daily Social Media Routine
[18:10] - Starting a Conversation
[21:30] - Requests to Connect
[24:38] - Declining Requests
[28:02] - We Want To Hear From You

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018
Manufacturing News
LinkedIn

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Oct 24, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are pleased to bring you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. On today's episode we welcome back Red Caffeine's Julie Poulos along with Dan Mantilla and Natalie Dubs as they help you answer the question -- "Who Do I Market To?"

Where do you start? It starts with a list! Julie and her team cover the four challenges that most mid market manufacturers face when figuring out who to market themselves to. We'll share some strategies that you can use right now to begin building up your brand and targeting leads.


 

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[06:08] - What’s New With Jason & Jim
[07:38] - Welcome Julie Poulos
[09:48] - The Four Challenges
[14:03] - Buyer Data
[16:50] - Segmenting Your Lists
[21:10] - Building Up Your Brand
[22:13] - Creating Meaningful Content
[24:10] - Identifying Contacts
[30:15] - Direct Contact

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Julie Poulos | LinkedIn
MC118: Considerations for Marketing Planning
Natalie Dubs | LinkedIn
Dan Mantilla | LinkedIn

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Oct 10, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are pleased to welcome back by popular demand, Bill Strauss - Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

On today's episode Bill shares his professional insight on several different topics relating to manufacturing and the global economy. We'll hear about manufacturing's economic performance in the U.S., the potential economic impact of new trade agreements, the current outlook of the stock market, and the lasting impact of the recent hurricanes. We also talk about the consequences of recession, and how to better position your manufacturing company to prepare for it. In manufacturing news, we discuss 3 ways to lower your manufacturing costs.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - IMTS 2018
[03:50] - What’s New at CARR Machine
[06:07] - What’s New at ZENGERS
[08:12] - Jason’s Exciting News
[09:35] - Manufacturing News
[15:37] - Welcome Back Bill Strauss
[18:45] - Manufacturing’s Economic Performance
[20:40] - Contributing Factors
[25:16] - Trade Deals
[28:24] - The Stock Market
[31:04] - Productivity Growth in the U.S.
[33:21] - Opportunities in Recession
[36:49] - Impact of Natural Disasters
[43:16] - Fiscal Responsibility by State

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
IMTS 2018
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
Gantt Chart
Seth Godin
Manufacturing News
MC071: Analyzing the Performance of the Manufacturing Sector (P1)
MC072: Analyzing the Performance of the Manufacturing Sector (P2)
Bill Strauss | LinkedIn
National Association of Credit Management: NACM
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Oct 5, 2017

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 Manufacturers. Patricia was seated directly next to President Trump as the group discussed efforts to boost manufacturing in the United States. In manufacturing news, we discuss Brennan Investment Group's plans to turn 85 acres in Elk Grove Village, IL into a $1 Billion Technology Park.



Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017
[02:28] - Manufacturing News
[05:03] - Call In with Pat McGibbon
[10:03] - Welcome Back Patricia!
[13:04] - The Invitation
[16:30] - Delivering The Message
[19:01] - The Level of Security
[21:04] - Press Coverage
[22:40] - Representing Manufacturing
[24:10] - Trump’s Message
[28:02] - IMTS 2018

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register Today!
Manufacturing News
TMA - Technology & Manufacturing Association
NAM - National Association of Manufacturers
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
IMTS 2018

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Sep 26, 2017

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, it’s used in castings.

We welcome Rich Hoster, President at Smith and Richardson Inc. Rich takes us through some of the strategies that Smith and Richardson uses to help mitigate the skilled labor shortage. We'll also hear about the company's efforts to teach students about manufacturing, and Rich gives us some information on Smith and Richardson's facility in Jiangsu, China. In Manufacturing News, we talk about how a manufacturing alliance in Dayton, Ohio is providing opportunities for residents to begin a new career in manufacturing.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017
[03:15] - The Story of MakingChips
[06:27] - Manufacturing News
[13:30] - Welcome Rich Hoster
[15:48] - History of Smith and Richardson
[18:45] - Mitigating the Skilled Labor Shortage
[23:06] - Echo Pulse Index & Behavioral Survey
[25:45] - Manufacturing Students
[29:40] - Facility in China
[33:44] - The Value Of Networking

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register Today!
Apple Rubber - "6 Manufacturing Podcasts"
IMTS
Manufacturing News
MakingChips TV| Interviewing Tips for a Manufacturing Job
Dayton Region Manufacturers Association
Rich Hoster | LinkedIn
TMA | Board of Directors
Valley Industrial Association

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Sep 21, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are broadcasting remotely from a Xometry Vendor Partner, GT Automation Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Today we welcome Steve Gildea, President at GT Automation and Michael Dickson, VP of Customer and Partner Success at Xometry to the MakingChips Podcast, as they give us a deeper dive into the Xometry brand.

We'll hear about the impact that Xometry has had on GT Automation as Steve walks us through the process that Xometry provides GT Automation to view and accept work. Michael explains the benefits of the Xometry Partner Network, and shares some insight as to what sets Xometry apart from the competition. In manufacturing news, we discuss 4 Keys to Boosting Workplace Culture in Manufacturing.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017
[03:00] - What’s New with Jim & Jason?
[05:17] - Manufacturing News
[11:19] - New Orleans
[12:51] - Introducing Xometry
[18:43] - Welcome Michael Dickson
[20:45] - Xometry’s Algorithm
[24:00] - Welcome Steve Gildea
[26:00] - The Job Process and Partner Network
[32:50] - Shipping and Payment
[34:56] - Farming Out Work
[38:45] - Variety of Work
[41:26] - The Xometry Difference

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register Today!
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
GT Automation Group
Manufacturing News
Michael Dickson | LinkedIn
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Sep 13, 2017

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 to take control of the business, what she would do differently in hindsight, how Image Industries addresses the skilled labor shortage, and we'll hear a bit about her award winning Toastmaster's speech. Later on, we'll hear from Charlie Chesbrough, Senior Economist at Cox Automotive Inc., as he gives us a preview of what he'll be speaking about at this year's GFMC Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017
[02:10] - The Reaction
[05:12] - Moving the Needle
[07:24] - From Buyer to Manufacturer
[10:32] - What Would You Do Differently?
[13:15] - Finding Capable Workers
[15:00] - Managing Price Instability
[16:46] - Xometry
[17:50] - Toastmasters Speech Contest
[22:08] - Preparing For Recession
[24:20] - Family Dynamic in Business
[26:30] - Charlie Chesbrough Phone Interview

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register Today!
Stacia Hobson | LinkedIn
Image Industries, Inc
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
Charles Chesbrough | LinkedIn
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Sep 6, 2017

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 construction equipment to service the agricultural and construction markets. They are the industry leaders in manufacturing threaded fasteners & hydraulic ports for these businesses.

Stacia runs us through the history of the company and gives us a brief overview of her day to day responsibilities. She also reveals the difficulties that came along with working in the family business, including butting heads with her hot tempered father. We'll also discuss Hurricane Harvey's destructive aftermath on the city of Houston, how it has impacted manufacturing, and what you can do to help. Later on, we'll jump on a phone call with Pat McGibbon, Vice President at AMT as we hear some more details on what's in store for the GFMC Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017 - Register Now!
[03:30] - 200,000 Downloads
[04:45] - What’s New with Jason & Jim
[08:20] - Hurricane Harvey
[13:20] - Nonprofit Donations
[16:30] - Xometry
[17:30] - Introducing Stacia Hobson
[18:45] - What Does Image Industries Do?
[22:32] - What Is a Specialized Fastener?
[29:00] - Platinum Status
[32:45] - Stacy’s Day to Day Responsibilities
[34:45] - Joining the Family Business
[37:00] - “Spit-Fired”
[38:00] - Phone-in with Pat McGibbon

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register Today!
Technology & Manufacturing Association
Apple Rubber | 6 Manufacturing Podcasts
Samaritan's Purse | Hurricane Harvey Relief
Houston Food Bank
Stacia Hobson | LinkedIn
Image Industries, Inc
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Aug 30, 2017

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 implemented at Matrix 4. Patricia and Will share the impact that these vital roles have had on their company, as they equip and inspire you to effectively implement theses processes into your own business. We'll share with you the tools that helped Matrix 4, ZENGERS Industrial, and countless other businesses work to create freedom in their respective roles, while seeing their ultimate vision become a reality.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - GFMC 2017 - Register Now!
[03:37] - MakingChips Live - Valley Industrial
[06:30] - Patricia’s Role as the Visionary
[07:30] - Will’s Role as the Integrator
[11:05] - Bringing on the Role
[13:30] - Creating a Road Map
[18:00] - What Kind of Leader Am I?
[21:05] - Keep Achieving Goals
[25:55] - Xometry
[27:05] - The Effectiveness of the Integrator
[30:30] - We Want To Hear From You

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register today!
VIA Collaborative Conference 2017
"Traction" - Get a Grip On Your Business
EOS Worldwide
Rocket Fuel for Your Business | Integrators & Visionaries
Xometry: CNC Machining Services & 3D Printing Services
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
Will Scott | LinkedIn
Matrix 4
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Aug 22, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology.  Today we welcome back Julie Poulos (Vice President) and Kacey Keegan (Content Writer & Strategist) as they equip you with the key elements to consider when planning your marketing strategy. Topics on today's episode include: creating a campaign theme, developing and distributing content, showcasing your company culture, and determining a marketing budget.

Episode Outline:
[00:00] - GFMC 2017 Conference
[03:40] - Welcome Back Julie & Kacey
[04:50] - Campaign Concept
[09:00] - Branding and Strategy Phase
[10:30] - Frequently Asked Questions
[11:50] - Case Study
[15:40] - Showcasing Culture
[20:30] - Providing Solutions
[24:15] - P.R. Opportunities
[26:43] - Tracking Leads and Budgeting
[29:35] - Shifting Our Philosophy

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register today!
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Red Caffeine | Blog: Key Considerations in Marketing Planning
Red Caffeine | Content Marketing Planning Calendar
Julie Poulos | LinkedIn
Kacey Keegan | LinkedIn
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Aug 15, 2017

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 Matrix 4, who had recently left her career in marketing to take over her grandfather’s failing manufacturing business. With a complete overhaul of the business, and the help of her partner Will Scott, Matrix 4 solidified a strong company culture that has turned a once dying company into a thriving success.

Episode Outline:
[02:50] - Manufacturing News
[07:35] - News at Carr Machine
[10:15] - News at ZENGERS
[12:30] - Welcome Back Patricia Miller
[19:54] - Competitive Edge
[22:20] - Putting a Team in Place
[24:38] - Welcome Will Scott
[28:26] - L10 Meeting and the Daily Huddle
[34:41] - OTOQET
[38:30] - Family and Business
[43:11] - Personal Relationships and Business
[47:00] - MakingChips | iTunes Review

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
GFMC 2017 - Register today!
EntreLeadership
MissionU
Manufacturing "News"
MC026: 40 Year Old Manufacturing Startup with Patricia Miller of Matrix IV
MC028: Advice through the eyes of a manufacturing newbie, with Patricia Miller
Patricia Miller | LinkedIn
Will Scott | LinkedIn
Matrix 4
Leave Us A Review on iTunes

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Aug 7, 2017

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. On this episode, Nicole shares how the company recovered, implementing new procedures and processes to help lift HM to where they are today. 

Episode Structure:
[02:00] - e-Commerce
[06:03] - Social Media
[06:40] - Customer Terms in 2017
[10:49] - TMA Education Foundation
[16:00] - Dig A Little Deeper

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
HM Manufacturing
Nicole Wolter | LinkedIn
TMA Education Foundation
Marketing For Makers
Leave Us a Review

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Aug 2, 2017

Hello 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 HM Manufacturing, a company that began with her father's passion for F1 racing. The downturn of the economy in 2008 proved to be the perfect time for Nicole to enter the family business, but as she would come to find out, things weren't quite what they seemed. Nicole's questioning of all aspects of the family business led her to a startling discovery that would turn an already dire situation into a full blown crisis.

In manufacturing news, we talk about how Summer camps could be the start for the next generation's interest in the manufacturing industry.

Episode Structure:
[03:10] - 22,000 Downloads!
[03:35] - Manufacturing News
[08:30] - Half Fridays
[09:45] - Process Driven Sales
[13:20] - Welcome Nicole Wolter
[14:40] - “Home Made”
[18:05] - A Family Business
[22:03] - Getting Fired
[27:07] - Dire Situations with HM
[29:30] - “Something is Happening"
[35:01] - New Policies and Procedures

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
DMDII
Manufacturing News
HM Manufacturing Company
Nicole Wolter | LinkedIn
Subscribe to MakingChips

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

 

Jul 25, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are happy to bring you another episode of our #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. Today we welcome back back Julie Poulos as she introduces Red Caffeine's Founder & CEO -- Kathy Steele.

On this episode of MakingChips, we focus on integrating technology into your business. Kathy and Julie walk us through some starting points that will equip and inspire you to identify gaps in your business technology stack.Today's discussion features an array of topics including: integrating platforms, examining financial insights, systemizing talent management, and getting your operations in order.

Episode Structure:

[04:08] - Record Download Month
[05:05] - Summertime in Chicago
[07:50] - Welcome Julie Poulos and Kathy Steele
[10:46] - Forbes Article by Kathy
[13:55] - ERP, CRM, KPI's and Other Acronyms
[18:36] - Identifying the Gaps
[21:06] - Building Bridges
[22:14] - Systemizing Talent
[25:30] - CRM Integration
[31:00] - Tech Audit and Financial Insights
[34:05] - Get Your Operations in Order
[35:56] - “Love Your Lathe”

Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Forbes Article by Kathy Steele
Julie Poulos |LinkedIn
Kathy Steele | LinkedIn
Red Caffeine's "Biz" Tech Stack
Leave Us A Review!

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Jul 19, 2017

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.

On this episode of MakingChips, we examine the concept of personal success as Jim and Jason ask: "What does success look like for you, and have you achieved it?”. Jim Carr makes an appearance in this week’s manufacturing news as we discuss Illinois’ personal income growth.

Episode Structure
02:30] - Manufacturing News
[09:00] - The Drought of 1988
[12:00] - What’s New at ZENGERS
[13:00] - What’s New at Carr Machine
[15:30] - Business Has Changed
[23:50] - Bringing in New Technology
[25:00] - Longterm Goals
[29:00] - Outsourcing
[31:20] - What Does Success Look Like For Me?
[35:10] - iTunes Review

Links - Mentioned in this Episode
Manufacturing News
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)
iTunes Review | MakingChips

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

 

Jul 6, 2017

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 appropriate way to respond to these unfortunate occasions, even if they’re out of your hands? Maybe we can all learn something from the major airlines on how (not) to handle these instances.

On this satirical episode of MakingChips, we list 7 Ways To Lead Like An Airline Executive. Jason highlights his experience dealing with a major airline company after an abrupt cancellation forces him to change his vacation plans. In manufacturing news, we talk about how 'Made in China' could soon be made in the US.

Episode Structure
[02:30] - People Getting The Word Out
[03:15] - Manufacturing News
[07:41] - First Birthday
[10:15] - Completely Disconnect
[13:10] - Do The Right Thing
[16:20] - Less Than Human
[20:13] - 100% Capacity
[24:00] - Process Oriented
[27:30] - Paying For Lost Time

Links - Mentioned in this Episode
Manufacturing News
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Jun 27, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today, we are bringing you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine. We are pleased to welcome back Julie Poulos as she introduces Red Caffeine's Tech Lead /Lead Developer / Front End Designer  -- Chaz Klein.

Today's episode focuses on the face of your business -- your website. Julie and Chaz guide us through some steps that will equip you with questions you should be asking yourself before diving into a new website. We'll talk about recognizing goals for your website, amplifying the user experience (UX), and choosing the right platform.

Episode Structure:
[02:34] - San Diego
[04:35] - Welcome Julie Poulos
[07:50] - Business Goals
[10:00] - First Steps in Developing a Website
[11:00] - Introducing Chaz Klein
[13:10] - UX
[18:27] - Don’t Make Me Think
[23:00] - Keywords and SEO
[24:26] - Platforms and CMS
[28:41] - WordPress
[36:05] - Leave Us Some Feedback

Links Mentioned in this Episode
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
The Ultimate Website Planning Guide
Downloadable Website Planning Template
Julie Poulos |LinkedIn
Chaz Klein | LinkedIn

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

Jun 6, 2017

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

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today, we are coming to you from our new studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, IL. On today's episode, Jim and Jason share their experiences that led them to step out of their comfort zone, and pursue new challenges. We'll hear from each of them as they explain what challenging their comfort zone means to them. In manufacturing news, we talk about how American Manufacturing is having a moment -- jobs in the industry are growing, and factory owners are feeling good about the future.

Episode Structure:
[01:25] - Brand New Studio
[03:30] - Manufacturing News
[09:30] - "Pong and Parenting"
[14:14] - Board of Directors and Chambers
[16:15] - Taking a Leadership Role
[18:00] - What is My “Box”?
[20:05] - iTunes Review

Links Mentioned in this Episode
Manufacturing News
MakingChips | Leave Us A Review

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

May 30, 2017

There are 12 Master Brand Archetypes. Which one are you?

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to bring you another episode in our MakingChips #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine. On today’s episode we welcome two special guests from Red Caffeine; Shannon Callarman – Content Director and Danny Wyse – Graphic Designer. We’ll hear Shannon explain what Archetyping is, and what it says about you and your brand identity. Later on, we’ll hear Danny talk about developing logos, and putting a face to a brand that represents your business. In manufacturing news, we talk about continued growth in South Carolina’s manufacturing sector.

Episode Outline
[00:01] – MachineMetrics
[03:00] – Manufacturing News
[05:13] – Quarterly ZENGER’s Meetings
[07:05] – Core Values at Carr Machine
[10:00] – We Hug it Out
[14:05] – Welcome Shannon
[15:34] – The Art of Branding
[16:05] – Archetyping
[22:04] – Look Into Your Archetype
[26:04] – Welcome Danny
[29:18] – Mood Board
[35:05] – The Value of Trust
[39:43] – What Are Your Goals?

Mentioned in this Episode:
MachineMetrics – 10% Discount
Manufacturing News
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Shannon Callarman | LinkedIn
Danny Wyse | LinkedIn
What’s Your Archetype?
Filtering The Brand Experience – Phase 1
Filtering the Brand Experience – Phase 2
Brand Story Template | Red Caffeine 

 

We Want to Hear From YOU, The Metalworking Nation:
• Jim@makingchips.com
• Jason@makingchips.com
• Ryan@makingchips.com
Telephone: (312) 725-0245

May 23, 2017

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 it as a guarantee; or should it be considered a special privilege? We also speak about industry 4.0, our new studio, family vacations, and growing pains with acquisitions. In manufacturing news, we comment on Apple CEO Tim Cook's announcement of a new fund that will invest $1 billion into U.S. companies that perform advanced manufacturing.


Episode Outline:
[00:01] - MachineMetrics
[01:50] - Our New Home
[03:00] - Manufacturing News
[07:34] - Growing Pains
[10:26] - Boston
[11:30] - Privilege or Entitlement?
[13:10] - Counting On It
[16:15] - Part of the Package
[18:55] - Work/Life Balance
[21:43] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
Machine Metrics | MakingChips Discount
Manufacturing News
MakingChips | Marketing Series
MakingChips TV
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May 16, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we are coming to you from DMG MORI’s Innovation Days in Hoffman Estates, IL where we are pleased to welcome some very special guests to the show. On this episode we’ll be speaking with three different manufacturing leaders, and getting their perspective on hot-button topics including automation, strategic visioning, digitization, and mitigating the skills shortage.

First, we welcome Thorsten SchmidtCEO of DMG MORI USA. Thorsten touches on DMG MORI's strong focus on technology cycles, quality control, automation, and intelligent data collection. We also hear his global perspective on what differentiates good leaders from great leaders, and what they are doing to remain successful.

Next, we sit down with Rick Frankowitch, Operations Manager at Hommer Tool. Rick, a DMG MORI customer, shares his excitement about this year's Innovation Days, while offering us some insight into mitigating the skills shortage issue.

Lastly, we speak with Craig Van den AvontPresident of GAM Enterprises, Inc. and a founder & President of GAM Gear, LLC. Craig speaks about the future of automation, innovating tooling, and recruiting skilled talent.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - Industry 4.0 / MachineMetrics
[03:40] - Manufacturing News
[05:14] - Turning Things Around
[06:15] - Welcome Thorsten Schmidt
[08:29] - Regional Focus on Technology
[10:03] - Research & Development
[13:40] - Intelligent Data
[16:55] - Long-term Strategic Vision
[19:00] - Direct To Buy Platform
[21:23] - Welcome Rick Frankowitch
[22:18] - New Software
[23:42] - Mitigating the Skills Shortage
[25:34] - Welcome Craig Van den Avont
[26:00] - State of the Art Technology
[29:11] - Recruiting the Next Generation
[33:33] - Conclusion of Episode

MachineMetrics - MakingChips Discount
Manufacturing News
DMG Mori USA
Thorsten Schmidt | LinkedIn
Rick Frankowitch | LinkedIn
Hommer Tool
Craig Van den Avont | LinkedIn
GAM Enterprises
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May 10, 2017

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 Olsonfounder and CEO of Prag'madik. Prag'madik  works with technology companies, industrial manufacturers, and professional service companies that are facing challenges to growth, and looking to make their operations more efficient and effective.

On this episode we'll discuss and evaluate several different components of leadership; including hot-button topics such as being pragmatic in your leadership role, establishing your company culture, and mitigating setbacks. Later on, Andrea takes us through three bullet points that you can start using to become a better manufacturing leader immediately. In manufacturing news, we'll talk about U.S. manufacturing's robust growth in March 2017, and Jim makes a bet with Jason live on air.

Episode Outline:
[00:01] - DMG MORI Innovation Days
[02:40] - Manufacturing News
[06:11] - Vacation
[08:36] - Introducing Andrea Olson
[11:35] - Systematizing Issues
[12:30] - MachineMetrics
[13:55] - Recognizing Deficits
[17:01] - Defining Your Role
[20:30] - Superhero Complex
[23:02] - Parent/Child Perspective
[25:13] - Defining Culture
[29:38] - Mitigating Setbacks
[35:03] - Front of House Deficiencies
[38:30] - Being a Better Manufacturing Leader
[43:22] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
DMG MORI - Innovation Days
Manufacturing News
Prag'madik
Andrea Olson | LinkedIn
MachineMetrics - Take 10% Off

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May 3, 2017

How well do you know your customers and their needs? And, how well do you meet those needs? The only way to accurately pinpoint the most important expectations of your clients and how you are performing against them is to hear it directly from them. On today's episode, we talk about interviewing current, prospective and lost clients.

We welcome back Julie Poulos, Kacey Keegan, and Jimmy Merritello with Red Caffeine Marketing+Technology for our MakingChips Marketing Series. They share some valuable information about surveying your clients to help you better understand the collective voice of your customers. In manufacturing news, we'll discuss the current state of the manufacturing economy and efforts to restore U.S. manufacturing to its former glory.


Episode Outline:
[01:11] - DMG Mori
[03:39] - Manufacturing News
[06:16] - MachineMetrics
[07:35] - Welcome Back Julie
[12:40] - Feedback Loop
[15:00] - Great Success Stories
[18:09] - It All Starts with a List
[20:12] - Buying Trigger
[23:00] - Pain Point
[26:12] - Surveys
[28:59] - Buyer’s Persona

Mentioned in this Episode:
DMG MORI - Innovation Days
Manufacturing News
Machine Metrics - 10% Off
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Julie Poulos | LinkedIn
Kacey Keegan | LinkedIn
Jimmy Merritello | LinkedIn
Survey Monkey
Red Caffeine Keystakeholder Interviews Question Set Template | PDF Download 

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Apr 26, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we welcome Eric Fogg, Co-Founder and Partner of MachineMetrics, to the MakingChips Podcast. Eric started as a CNC machinist and identified an area in the throughput process that he believes can significantly help increase spindle uptime through a machine monitoring system called "MachineMetrics". MachineMetrics is a cloud solution that improves transparency and production efficiency for manufacturing facilities by automatically collecting, analyzing, and visualizing data from people, parts, and machines. Eric tells his story and shares the benefits of the system. He’s traveled all the way from Boston, Massachusetts to join us today and we are thrilled to have him in our studio.


Episode Outline:
[01:45] - Birthday and Books
[03:30] - Manufacturing News
[08:25] - DMG MORI - Innovation Days
[10:18] - Introducing Eric Fogg
[10:42] - The “A-ha” Moment
[14:10] - Machine Metrics
[17:35] - Providing Useful Data
[19:16] - Success Stories
[22:00] - Building the Dashboard
[26:04] - Focus on Production
[30:15] - Empowering the Employee
[34:49] - Customer Benefits
[36:20] - The Right Shop
[38:30] - Customer Success Managers
[40:25] - Tracking Utilization
[42:57] - Money Back Guarantee
[45:28] - Marketing Series w/ Red Caffeine
[46:10] - Make & Elevate | MakingChips TV

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manufacturing News
DMG MORI - Innovation Days
Machine Metrics
10% Off MachineMetrics
MakingChips TV
Eric Fogg | LinkedIn

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Apr 19, 2017

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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.


"It's the foundation of our success and it's something we require of each other no matter what our role or what day it happens to be." -Tuthill (Four Sticks)

Tom shares with us his lessons on leadership - the foundation of Tuthill's success. We'll hear about the "Four Sticks", a favorite symbol of the company, and Tom tells the story of Tuthill's "Wake the World" campaign.

Episode Outline:
[01:23] - You Have to Make Your Stand
[04:13] - “We’ll Never Stop”
[06:40] - From Values to Behaviors
[08:15] - The Four Sticks
[11:33] - Wake the World
[12:56] - Team Rubicon
[16:22] - Show Your Heart
[19:30] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
The "Four Sticks"
Wake The World
Team Rubicon
Workshops for Warriors
Leadership and Self Deception Book by Arbinger Institute
Tom Carmazzi | LinkedIn

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