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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

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