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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
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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:
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• 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:
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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
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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
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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:
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• 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
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 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
Leave Us A Review!
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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

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

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 

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

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

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

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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Apr 13, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you from Burr Ridge, IL -- headquarters of the Tuthill Corporation where we welcome CEO Tom Carmazzi to the MakingChips Podcast. Tuthill Corporation, established in 1892, has been manufacturing pumps, meters, vacuum systems, and blowers for use in a variety of foundational markets including agriculture, construction, chemical, water & waste water, energy & power, and medical.

On Part 1 of this two part interview, Tom shares some leadership principles that Tuthill uses to facilitate an environment where individuals are both motivated and effective. Tom takes us through Tuthill's cultural journey starting from their early days in brick manufacturing all the way to today, where they continue their journey to become a Conscious CompanyIn manufacturing news, we talk about U.S. Manufacturing's continued growth.

Episode Outline:
[02:00] - Manufacturing News
[03:41] - Patricia Miller at the White House
[05:15] - Welcome Tom
[07:00] - From Horses to Pumps
[09:15] - Shrink to Grow
[12:36] - The Human Heart
[14:00] - Conscious Company
[17:00] - Aware & Awake
[20:24] - It Starts With Me
[22:00] - Seeing the Value
[23:45] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manufacturing News
Patricia Miller at the White House
Tuthill Corporation
Tom Carmazzi | LinkedIn

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Apr 6, 2017

Hello, Metalworking Nation! We are excited to team up with Julie Poulos and Red Caffeine Marketing to bring you an exclusive MakingChips Marketing episode.

On today's show, we welcome two guests from Red Caffeine; Kacey Keegan and Dan Mantilla. Kacey- Content Writer & Strategist, shares her knowledge on Image and Brand Messaging. Dan - Digital Strategist, takes us through Digital Competitive Analysis and highlights what you can do to identify keyword opportunities in your company.

In Manufacturing News, we talk about Mars Candy's plans to reinvestment $70 million in U.S. manufacturing.

Episode Outline:
[02:25] - Manufacturing News
[05:50] - Jim Carr’s Business Succession
[07:10] - Marketing Mistress
[12:41] - Getting started with competitive analysis
[19:00] - Service and Industry Matrix
[21:37] - Digital Competitive Analysis
[25:10] - Direct Competition

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manufacturing News
Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology
Julie Poulos | LinkedIn
Kacey Keegan | LinkedIn
Dan Mantilla | LinkedIn

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Mar 23, 2017

Hello, Metalworking Nation! Today is an exciting day in the history of MakingChips as we release the highly anticipated Episode 100! We are coming to you live from the Technology & Manufacturing Association in Chicago, IL where we have assembled a panel of some of the most progressive manufacturing leaders in the Chicagoland area.

With us today we have return VIP guest, Brian Panek -- Vice President of Panek Precision, Jess Giudici -- Talent and Culture Manager at Smalley Steel Ring Company, Bill Downey -- President at Hi-Grade Welding & Manufacturing, and Tom Simeone -- President of Manor Tool.

On today's episode, we will be discussing one of the most challenging topics that people are talking about right now --  workforce development, training, and hiring. Our panel offers their insight into the issue as they discuss solutions they are implementing in their own business.

Episode Outline:
[02:20] - MakingChips TV
[05:30] - Introduction of our Panel Guests
[09:15] - One Word for Workforce Development
[10:08] - “Challenging”
[16:42] - Finding the Next Manufacturing Leaders
[24:15] - Providing Opportunity within the Organization
[26:00] - Millennials vs Baby Boomers
[33:33] - Culture Means a Lot
[40:48] - A Bidding War
[47:08] - Robots in the Shop
[51:30] - Resume on your Desk
[57:25] - Reaching Other Demographics
[60:45] - Success Stories
[66:25] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
Brian Panek | LinkedIn
Panek Precision
Jess Giudici | LinkedIn
Smalley Steel Ring Company
Bill Downey | LinkedIn
Hi-Grade Welding & Manufacturing
Tom Simeone | LinkedIn
Manor Tool: Metal Stamping Company | Custom Metal Stamping
MakingChips Episode 11
East Leyden High School

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Mar 18, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! After a short break, we are so excited to be back in the MakingChips studio. On today’s episode we’ll discuss the importance of creating routine processes in order to take you and your business to the next level.

“Anyone that’s a manufacturing leader knows… When you own a business that consumes you 24/7 .. you’re dreaming about it, you’re thinking about it when you go to sleep .. it’s just the way that it is.” – Jason Zenger

Later on in the episode we’ll discuss balancing your work life with your personal life, and what steps you can take to make sure the two don’t conflict. In manufacturing news, we talk about “Trumpenomics” and why we should re-evaluate the cost of domestic vs. offshore production. We’ll also discuss starting meetings on a high note, news with Carr Machine & Tool, and a certain German food that Jason specializes in making.

Episode Structure:
[02:42] – Manufacturing News
[10:02] – News at Carr Machine
[15:05] – Creating Routine Processes
[18:35] – Starting with Something Positive
[21:40] – Scorecards and KPI’s
[23:20] – Rocks and Tasks
[25:50] – Finding Balance with a Leadership Team
[29:50] – Worklife Balance
[34:34] – Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manufacturing News

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Feb 15, 2017

Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we are excited to bring you another story that we hope will equip and inspire the younger generation of manufacturing leaders. Flying all the way in from Washington State, we are joined by Paul Van Metre, Co-Founder and VP Marketing of Adion Systems, an ERP-based software solutions company.

Paul shares with us his success story of co-founding a machine shop with his friends right out of college. With little money at first, they were able to grow the business to an $11 million dollar company during the tech boom of the late 90's, by being ahead of the curve and utilizing several key processes including lean manufacturing and SEO. Eventually this led to the development of a web based and completely comprehensive ERP system that would take Paul and the company in a different direction.


Earlier on in the episode we'll get to hear Jim and Jason's debate on authentic Chicago Deep Dish, and in manufacturing news, we'll discuss Rhode Island's Governor calling for new focus on manufacturing jobs.

Episode Structure:
[01:12] - Chuck Rigali with Alro Steel
[03:12] - Manufacturing News
[08:18] - Welcome Paul Van Metre
[10:40] - Vehicle Research Institute
[14:06] - Starting a Machine Shop
[17:55] - Writing the First Paychecks
[19:32] - Kaizen Newspapers
[23:05] - Free Food and Other Perks
[24:31] - Fully Digital Operation
[26:53] - Moving Away From Old Processes
[28:15] - Developing Software
[30:23] - Starting a New Company
[32:40] - Knowing Where We Came From
[34:30] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manufacturing News
Paul Van Metre | LinkedIn

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

Feb 7, 2017

"The way we run a business today is completely different than how my dad would run his business.” - Jim Carr

Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to share our collaborative wisdom with you today about a topic that we believe is one of the most important things for your company to define -- Core Values. In previous episodes, we have discussed why core values are important, as well as some strategies that can help you set your company's core values. Today, Jim takes us through the creation of Carr Machine's 10 core values while Jason critiques him, and makes suggestions on how to narrow them down. In manufacturing news, we talk about Ford's announcement to cancel a $1.6-billion plant in Mexico and to invest $700 million in metro Detroit's Flat Rock Assembly plant.

Episode Structure:
[02:22] - Manufacturing News
[06:20] - “Fake News”
[08:20] - Creating Carr Machine’s Core Values
[14:10] - The “Aha” Moment
[16:02] - Communicate
[19:25] - The Band
[22:10] - Feel Good
[25:30] - Jason’s Critique
[27:47] - First Class
[31:15] - The Ticket To Doing Business
[34:46] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:
Manufacturing News
MC046: What Makes Fusion OEM Unique
MC58: "Life is Great!" - Developing Your Core Values

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

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