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Sep 23, 2016

Welcome to another special edition of MakingChips! On this episode, we meet with Nick Goellner and his brother Noah at the IMTS 2016 TV studio. Nick works as the Marketing Director at Henning and AME. Hennig designs and produces custom machine protection and chip/coolant management products for state-of-the-art machine tools. We talk about how Nick and Noah got involved in the family business, what their roles are at Henning/AME, and we dive into the practice and theory of Quick Response Manufacturing. We also highlight some of the exciting things we've seen at this year's IMTS.

Episode Structure:

  • [02:50] - IMTS Keynote
  • [05:40] - AMT Emerging Technolgoy
  • [07:20] - Additive Manufacturing
  • [09:29] - Welcome Nick Goellner
  • [10:00] - History of Henning/AME
  • [12:00] - Nick’s Role
  • [15:00] - Family Business
  • [17:15] - Marketing and Manufacturing
  • [21:15} - Welcome Noah Goellner
  • [22:50] - Quick Response Manufacturing
  • [27:00] - Pushback from the Team
  • [31:50] - QRM Certification
  • [33:25] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:

 We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:
  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Sep 14, 2016

This week: We are coming to you live from IMTS 2016! On this special episode of MakingChips, we welcome Jason Harrelson, founder of Harrelson Trumpets to our IMTS TV studio. Harrelson Trumpets is a leading manufacturer of world class trumpets and accessories. Jason talks about how he got started building custom made trumpets, the process and machining behind it, his experience with Kickstarter, and what excites him about IMTS.

Episode Structure:

  • [03:40] - The Beginning
  • [07:02] - The Process
  • [09:05] - Word of Mouth
  • [11:15] - Custom Components
  • [14:30] - What brought you to ITMS?
  • [17:03] - Kickstarter Campaigns

Mentioned in this Episode:

 We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:
  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Sep 8, 2016

Today on MakingChips, we answer a question from a listener and aspiring manufacturing leader named Doug. Doug asks the question: "Not being a manager yet, what can I do to promote a positive culture/work environment at work?" Jim and Jason share their respective opinions on the matter. In Manufacturing News, we talk about concerns over rising wages in the metal industry. Later on, we share some details on our Make & Elevate series, and we preview IMTS' "Miles for Manufacturing" 5K event.

Episode Structure:

  • [03:05] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:30] - Hiring Filters
  • [08:07] - Make & Elevate
  • [09:45] - IMTS 5K Run
  • [11:40] - Sandvik Infographic
  • [14:37] - Ask MakingChips
  • [19:30] - Life is Great Attitude

Mentioned in this Episode:

 We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:
  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Aug 28, 2016

Today on MakingChips we give you an inside look at what you can expect to see at IMTS 2016. We tell you what you need to be prepared, where you can find us at the event, a brief rundown on what's happening in the four different buildings, as well as information to help you find where you're going. In Manufacturing News, we talk about the history of IMTS, and later on we reveal some exciting new details about our highly anticipated Make & Elevate Series.

Episode Structure:

  • [02:30] - Manufacturing News
  • [04:40] - Being Prepared for IMTS
  • [07:20] - Find MakingChips at IMTS
  • [11:05] - Find Where You're Going
  • [14:30] - Machine Utilization
  • [17:40] - Student Summit
  • [18:35] - Make & Elevate Series
  • [23:45] - Corporate Snapshot
  • [25:00] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:

Aug 17, 2016
On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome back Karla Dobbeck to the show. Karla is a certified professional in Human Resource Management with over 20 years experience in many aspects of human resource management and employment law compliance issues. Karla shares some tips and tricks to help machinists elevate their resume to the next level. In manufacturing news, we talk about Tesla Motor's decision to manufacture in the United States. We speak to Brian Papke of Mazak about their booth at the upcoming IMTS 2016, and Jason lists 6 reasons why you should sign up now for our highly anticipated Make and Elevate event.
 
 
Episode Structure:
  • [01:45] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:08] - Electric Cars
  • [05:56] - American Made Cars
  • [07:34] - Make and Elevate
  • [10:50] - Mazak at IMTS 2016
  • [15:36] - News at CARR Machine
  • [17:26] - Welcome Back Karla Dobbeck
  • [21:03] - Machinists and Resumes
  • [23:01] - Customizing for the Job
  • [26:20] - Cover Letter
  • [28:55] - Application vs Resume
  • [33:09] - Conclusion of Episode
Mentioned in this Episode:
 We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:
  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Aug 11, 2016
Where are you going?
 
Knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing (your mission), where you’re trying to go (your vision), and how you’re going to go about it (your values) are the glue that holds an organization together.
 
On this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason dive into the subject of corporate vision. Notably, the questions you should be asking yourself when developing your companies vision. In manufacturing news, we discuss signs of a slowdown in auto sales. We also highlight some of the exciting things we will be doing during our highly anticipated Leadership Series.
 
Episode Structure:
  • [02:11] - Manufacturing News
  • [04:00] - Getaround
  • [05:56] - IMTS 2016
  • [07:54] - Make & Elevate
  • [13:58] - Vision
  • [16:00] - Question 1
  • [19:26] - Question 2
  • [20:43] - Question 3
  • [23:40] - Diversifying
  • [27:20] - Conclusion of Episode
Mentioned in this Episode:
 We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:
  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Aug 9, 2016
On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome to the show Bill Angsten, co-founder of Compass Automation. Compass Automation designs and builds custom equipment to automate manufacturing processes. Bill talks with us about how he started the company, what Compass Automation does differently, maintaining a strong company culture, and marketing yourself differently. In manufacturing news, we talk about Facebook's recent venture into hardware research and we share more information about our highly anticipated Leadership Series.
 
Episode Structure:
  • [01:50] - What's New?
  • [02:35] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:40] - Leadership Series
  • [09:15] - IMTS 2016 / Sandvik Coromant
  • [11:15] - Welcome Bill Angsten
  • [12:16] - Compass Automation's Background
  • [14:30] - What Does Compass Automation Do Differently?
  • [20:04] - Hiring & Marketing
  • [24:21] - Corporate Culture
  • [26:45] - Marketing Differently
  • [28:40] - Episode Conclusion
Mentioned in this Episode:
 We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:
  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Jul 20, 2016

It is not unusual for multiple members of a family to work at the same business.  However, such situations can be troublesome if the relationships give rise to suspicions of favoritism or unfair treatment. We see this a lot in family business, government, everywhere.  After all, it’s in our human nature to help those we love and who are like us but is it good for the business? What should your company do to avoid nepotism?

"Growing up [in the family business], you were very cognizant of the fact that employees thought you were being treated in a different way." - Jim Carr

On this episode of MakingChips, Jim & Jason share their experiences with family in the business and lay out 7 different ways to avoid nepotism in the workplace.

Episode Structure:

  • [02:15] - Sandvik Coromant Video
  • [03:22] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:56] - Listener Email
  • [10:00] - What is Nepotism?
  • [13:36] - Seperation
  • [19:00] - Evaluation
  • [20:02] - Hiring Process
  • [24:30] - Conclusion of Episode
Mentioned in this Episode:
 
Ways to Avoid Nepotism:
  1. Reinforce that being a part of the family or a friend may get you in the door, but you have to perform - and probably to a higher level and without as much praise.
  2. Owner separation from job role - starts at the top.
  3. Clear and consistent manner of evaluation backed up by data and multiple examples as evidence.
  4. Job description that includes specific goals.
  5. Stated hiring process.
  6. Exclude family members from awards & contests.
  7. Family members should work somewhere else first - in relation to younger workers.

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Jul 7, 2016

How is digital manufacturing going to affect the modern machine shop?

On this episode of MakingChips, we are joined by Jeff Rizzie, Senior Manager of Business Development at Sandvik Coromant. Jeff talks with us about the next phase of digital manufacturing and what changes we can expect to see in the future in terms of process improvement and efficiency. He also shares some key steps to help you start digitizing in your manufacturing shop. In manufacturing news, we talk about open-book management and what one firm is doing to help implement that system. Also discussed is the highly anticipated Mastermind Series and Workshop, as well as the upcoming IMTS 2016.

Episode Structure:

  • [01:35] - Audio/Video
  • [02:45] - Manufacturing News
  • [07:53] - Mastermind Series and Workshop
  • [11:11] - What’s Going On at ZENGERS
  • [14:55] - Welcome Jeff Rizzie
  • [16:30] - What Is the Future of Manufacturing?
  • [21:45] - Process vs Discreet Manufacturing
  • [24:40] - Key Steps to Start Digitizing
  • [29:01] - Extracting Information from a CNC
  • [31:38] - Process Improvements / Efficiency
  • [37:05] - Sensors and Extra Technology
  • [41:20] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Jun 28, 2016

We are happy to announce that this is the first episode of MakingChips shot entirely with video. We want to thank Chuck Shroeder and IMTS for coming to our studio and making all of us look good. Video segments of this episode are soon to come.

On this episode of MakingChips, we have the pleasure of sitting down with Cassie Haupers, Vice President at Swiss Precision Machining. SPM is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company that serves many different industries including: medical, dental, aerospace and automotive and fiber optics industries. Growing up in the manufacturing world, Cassie wants to continue her family tradition and build the business for the next generation.

Topics of discussion in this week's episode include: Cassie's history and background with SPM, SPM's expansion into a new facility, driving and defining company culture, overcoming bumps in the road, succession planning, communicating your vision to your company, women in manufacturing, and working with family.

Episode Structure:

  • [02:30] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:40] - Mastermind Series
  • [07:23] - IMTS 2016
  • [08:16] - Introducing Cassie Haupers
  • [10:15] - Cassie’s Progression at SPM
  • [10:40] - What is Swiss Precision Machining?
  • [14:18] - Driving the Culture at SPM
  • [17:15] - Proving Yourself
  • [19:57] - A Fresh Start
  • [25:36] - Roadblocks and Challenges of Moving the Company
  • [31:20] - Women in Manufacturing
  • [32:45] - Background in IT
  • [35:09] - Working With Family
  • [37:15] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Jun 22, 2016

On part 2 of this episode of MakingChips, we continue our discussion with Bill Strauss, Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Topics discussed in this episode include the world economy, energy prices and their impact on manufacturing, borrowing and loans, education, growth rate, future economic trends, and the millennial generation.

Episode Structure:

  • [01:30] - Manufacturing Renaissance
  • [03:35] - Energy Production and Manufacturing
  • [06:05] - "The Good Old Days"
  • [07:30] - The Two Ways to Economic Growth
  • [10:45] - Educated Workforce
  • [15:00] - Gradual Improvement
  • [16:15] - Quick Fire Questions for Bill
  • [18:40] - A Glimpse into the Future
  • [21:55] - Millennial Generation’s Effect on Manufacturing
  • [23:45] - Conclusion of Episode

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Jun 15, 2016

On part 1 of this 2 part episode, we have a conversation with Bill Strauss. Bill is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. His research papers include analysis of the manufacturing sector, the automotive sector, the Midwest regional economy, the trade-weighted dollar, business cycles and Federal Reserve payments operations.

Bill shares his experience working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and how it relates to manufacturing. We also discuss the highly anticipated MakingChips Mastermind and Workshop series, Jim shares his experience working with SkillScout,  and we discuss the future of automation in Manufacturing News.

Episode Structure:

  • [03:20] - Manufacturing News
  • [06:10] - MakingChips Events
  • [07:30] - MakingChips Workshop
  • [08:28] - IMTS 2016 Registration
  • [10:22] - SkillScout at CARR Machine
  • [13:45] - Introducing Bill Strauss
  • [15:30] - Bill’s Role at the Federal Reserve
  • [17:58] - The Rust Belt
  • [19:15] - The 12 Cities
  • [20:33] - Specializing in Manufacturing
  • [21:20] - Explaining the Federal Reserve
  • [24:15] - Board of Directors / Advisory Council
  • [26:25] - The Media
  • [28:30] - Investing in Performance
  • [31:15] - Foreseeing the Future of Manufacturing
  • [32:25] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Jun 8, 2016

Today on MakingChips: We welcome a very special VIP guest to our show,  Sean Holt - President for the Americas at Sandvik Coromant. Sean has more than twenty years of engineering, business development and management experience. He is currently responsible for Sandvik Coromant's organization in North and South America. Sean shares his background with us, his history with Sandvik, and weighs in on what he believes defines a great manufacturing leader. We also discuss the importance of communication, the future of cutting tools, and what we can do to change the perception of manufacturing. Jim and Jason talk about MakingChips' highly anticipated Mastermind Series & Workshop, and we share more information about the upcoming International Manufacturing Trade Show (IMTS 2016).

Episode Structure:

  • [02:40] - Manufacturing News - mitchell lace manufacturing
  • [04:45] - What’s New with Jason?
  • [06:05] - MakingChips Mastermind Series
  • [08:15] - IMTS 2016
  • [09:35] - News at ZENGERS
  • [12:00] - Introducing Sean Holt
  • [14:20] - Sean’s Background
  • [16:30] - What Defines a Great Manufacturing Leader?
  • [19:15] - Diversifying Key Industries
  • [23:33] - Communication is Critical
  • [25:25] - Future of Cutting Tools
  • [28:25] - Changing Perception of Manufacturing
  • [30:57] - Engaging the Younger Generations
  • [33:02] - Opportunities in the Future
  • [35:15] - Utilizing Podcasts for Communication
  • [38:00] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Jun 1, 2016

We're all familiar with Murphy's Law; "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong". We've talked about this extensively in a previous MakingChips episode on crisis management, but what can you do to make sure that your manufacturing company is covered in the event that something goes wrong?

"It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when."

From equipment breakdowns, to customer and employee claims of injury,  you need to be equipped with the knowledge of what kind of coverage you'll need for the challenges you face as a Manufacturing Leader. The reality is that many manufacturers have limited knowledge on the subject, and are often hesitant to reach out to their insurance agency. What can the metalworking nation learn from the insurance industry?

On this episode of MakingChips, we talk about insurance and risk management with Marc Alberico and Steve Lorenzini of The Daniel and Henry Company. Marc and Steve share their extensive knowledge of risk solutions for the manufacturing industry and provide an answer to a MakingChips listener's question. In manufacturing news, we talk about the future of automation and it's business implications.. Jim and Jason share details of two very special MakingChips events as we look forward to IMTS 2016.

Episode Structure:

  • [03:25] - Manufacturing News
  • [06:45] - Mastermind Series
  • [08:05] - MakingChips at IMTS 2016
  • [09:35] - Introducing Steve and Marc
  • [11:36] - Answering Rob Trout’s Email
  • [13:05] - How did this collaboration begin?
  • [19:06] - OSHA Compliance
  • [21:15] - Understanding the Depth of Your Business
  • [24:38] - “The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing”
  • [26:30] - Product Liability (Prototype vs Medical)
  • [32:15] - Misclassified Areas
  • [38:15] - When to Call the Insurance Company
  • [40:40] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
May 26, 2016

Today on MakingChips: We are coming to you from the Sandvik Coromant Headquarters located in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. On this episode, we have a conversation with special guest Troy Stashi, Industry & Application Specialist in Automotive/Milling at Sandvik Coromant. Troy shares his expertise on several different topics including milling, efficiency, and trends in machining. In manufacturing news, we talk about HP's cutting edge 3D printer. We also discuss our upcoming MakingChips events including our live broadcast from the floor of IMTS 2016.

 Episode Structure:

  • [02:38] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:15] - What's new with Jason?
  • [06:15] - Mastermind and Workshop
  • [09:22] - MakingChips at IMTS 2016
  • [11:05] - What's new with Jim?
  • [12:38] - Welcome Troy Stashi of Sandvik Coromant
  • [13:55] - Troy's History with Sandvik Coromant
  • [16:26] - Solving The Most Common Problems
  • [22:00] - Trends in Milling Cutters
  • [26:15] - Programming
  • [31:33] - Coolant vs. No Coolant
  • [35:30] - Coating Technology
  • [37:50] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
May 18, 2016

There is an old adage that has been floating around the business world for ages; “you should never do business with friends". If you’ve never worked together with your friend, it can be difficult to translate their skills from a social context into a business one. That doesn’t mean that you should refuse to start a business relationship with friends and family.

On this episode of MakingChips, we ask the question: can you have close relationships with vendors and clients? Jim and Jason discuss their personal experiences and lay out some hypothetical situations about doing business with friends. We also talk about the continued popularity of the retro movement and its effect on manufacturing. Also discussed is recent news with Tesla Motors, the MakingChips Mastermind & Workshop series, and IMTS 2016.

 Episode Structure:

  • [00:09] - Episode Preview
  • [02:35] - Manufacturing News 1
  • [06:10] - Manufacturing News 2
  • [09:45] - MakingChips Mastermind and Workshop
  • [11:10] - IMTS 2016 Registration
  • [12:50] - Sandvik Coromant
  • [15:10] - "Doing Business with Friends”
  • [20:04] - Honesty
  • [25:00] - Unsuccessful Business with Friends
  • [29:03] - Circling Back
  • [34:04] - iTunes Review // Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

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

 

May 11, 2016

When it comes to starting up your own business, it isn’t always easy finding the the right space for exploring, creating, and developing your new ideas. What if you could assemble a community of like-minded people in a place where you can share ideas, be inspired, and collaborate with other creators.

"It started with four or five people, grew to 400, and now we've built a physical home for that community." - Bill Fienup

On this episode of MakingChips, we sit down with Bill Fienup, co-founder of Catalyze Chicago. Catalyze is a creative and collaborative workspace, equipping its members with state-of-the-art tools, industry mentorship, manufacturing support, and investment networks. With a focus towards business start-ups, Catalyze has become Chicago’s premier center for product development and commercialization. Bill shares his brush with internet fame, his inspiration for building Catalyze, and why he believes a maker space like Catalyze should be in every community. We also preview IMTS 2016 and share some of what our listeners can expect from MakingChips at the event.

Episode Structure:

  • [00:07] - Episode Preview
  • [02:45] - MakingChips Mastermind & Workshop
  • [06:00] - IMTS 2016
  • [06:40] - MakingChips Studio
  • [07:50] - Welcome Bill Fienup of Catalyze Chicago
  • [09:00] - "Internet Famous” Story
  • [10:20] - Patented Biopsy Needle
  • [12:25] - The Formation of Catalyze
  • [16:00] - How long has Catalyze been an organization?
  • [18:51] - Benefits of Membership
  • [22:45] - Membership Fee Structure
  • [25:49] - Inspiration for Building Catalyze
  • [26:40] - Investor Structure
  • [28:55] - The Future of Catalyze
  • [30:30] - Starting a Maker-Space in your Community

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You, The Metalworking Nation:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Apr 20, 2016

There are several options when it comes to selling one of your old machines. Some are more convenient than others, but might offer you less money than what you expected. With a little bit of added effort, you can get the most money out of your old machine. On this episode of MakingChips, Jim shares his steps for creating a successful eBay campaign. We also talk about the upcoming IMTS 2016, Chicago restaurants, and the problems the U.S. faces in manufacturing.

Episode Outline:

  • [00:07] - Episode Preview
  • [03:15] - Manufacturing News
  • [08:40] - IMTS 2016
  • [10:55] - Sandvik Coromant
  • [13:05] - Selling Your Machine Using eBay
  • [14:50] - Getting a Good Picture
  • [17:30] - Fees
  • [18:20] - Auction
  • [19:40] - Buy it Now
  • [23:15] - eBay vs Machine/Tool Dealer
  • [25:15] - Skill Scout
  • [26:20] - Episode Conclusion

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Apr 14, 2016

The Manufacturing Industry of today looks a lot different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. Modern machine shops are safe, clean working environments; equipped with high-tech machinery. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with manufacturing as a "dirty" and "dark" profession. So how do we change this perception amongst our youth?  Or perhaps more importantly, their parents, whose misperceptions of the industry might lead them to believe that a four-year college degree is the only sure route to a rewarding career.

"To change people's minds and to change the perception [of manufacturing], it's the youth that we need to be educating."

-Kelly Burr

 

On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome our guest Kelly Burr, Executive Director of the Shop Rat Foundation. The Shop Rat Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to ignite interest in manufacturing careers among our nation’s youth, through development of innovative educational tools, curriculum and outreach programs and in partnerships with schools, community groups, companies and industry associations. We also discuss manufacturing newsIMTS 2016, and how to start a similar hands-on program in your community.

Episode Structure:

  • [00:07] - Episode Preview
  • [01:55] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:12] - IMTS 2016 Registration
  • [07:10] - Welcome Kelly Burr
  • [08:52] - Shop Rat's Story
  • [12:10] -  Shop Rat's Mission
  • [14:10] - Students
  • [15:00] - Shop Rat’s Programs
  • [18:15] - Machining Class
  • [20:45] - Student Feedback
  • [22:05] - Exploratory and Preparatory Programs
  • [23:02] - Starting a Similar Program in your Community
  • [27:12] - Conclusion of Episode

Mentioned in this Episode:

We Want to Hear From You:

  • jim@makingchips.com
  • jason@makingchips.com
  • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone: (312) 725-0245
Apr 5, 2016

There is an old saying: “Expect the best, prepare for the worst.” It’s not something we want to think about, and it can be a difficult topic to discuss. Crises don’t happen very often, but when they do occur, they tend to have significant consequences. Without a well-thought out, strategic plan, your business is at risk of being completely caught off guard should a disaster happen.

"Know that a crisis will happen at some point. It's just a question of how big it is or how small it is. The trick is being prepared."

- Scott McPherson

On this extended episode of MakingChips, we talk Public Relations with Scott McPherson, Principal at McPherson Public Affairs Group. Scott also shares some important tips on crisis preparation, including steps you should take to properly manage a crisis in your manufacturing shop. In Manufacturing News, we discuss the resurgence of vinyl records and it’s impact on record manufacturers. We also speak on the phone with Peter Eelman, Vice President - Exhibitions and Communications, AMT, about this year’s upcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show.

Episode Structure:

  • [00:07] - Intro
  • [01:45] - Springtime in Chicago
  • [02:44] - Manufacturing News
  • [07:53] - What's New at ZENGER’S Industrial Supply
  • [08:40] - What’s New at CARR Machine & Tool
  • [09:15] - IMTS 2016
  • [09:57] - Call in with Peter Eelman
  • [17:05] - Sandvik Coromant
  • [18:20] - Welcome Scott McPherson
  • [20:15] - What does McPherson Public Affairs do?
  • [21:15] - How can my company benefit from a P.R. firm?
  • [23:40] - What Was Old Is New Again
  • [25:50] - Crisis: What are the things you should do right away?
  • [29:40] - How do you prepare for a crisis?
  • [33:08] - An Unfortunate Incident
  • [37:01] - Handle Things Right Away
  • [38:20] - Litigious Situation
  • [40:50] - What are the very basic ways to be prepared?
  • [42:06] - Reach out to Scott
  • [43:00] - MakingChips Mastermind
  • [44:05] - Conclusion of Episode

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  • jim@makingchips.com
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  • ryan@makingchips.com
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Mar 29, 2016

Throughout history, successful individuals such as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison all met with groups of like-minded people on a regular basis, to help one another achieve common goals and grow. Today, this concept is called a “mastermind”, and is very well known amongst successful business owners.  In fact, many consider some concept of a mastermind group as a critical part to maintaining a healthy network.

"Whether it's a problem that you need to solve, whether it's creating and implementing goals, and just supporting each other through hard times. I think its necessary for every manufacturing leader to be a part of some kind of group like that. I'm going to say it... It's necessary."

- Jason Zenger

On this episode of MakingChips, we talk about what a mastermind group is, how it can benefit you and your manufacturing business, and what steps you can take to form one. We also talk manufacturing news and preview the upcoming IMTS 2016.

Episode Structure:

  • [00:07] - Episode Preview
  • [01:35] - Manufacturing “Stuff”
  • [03:22] - Manufacturing News
  • [05:35] - IMTS
  • [06:34] - Sandvik Coromant
  • [07:23] - Mastermind Groups
  • [08:23] - Jason’s Mastermind Groups
  • [09:45] - Old School Philosophy
  • [10:45] - Experience with Master Minds
  • [12:45] - Rules and Structure
  • [14:00] - Sharing Personal Information
  • [16:25] - Primary Components of a Good Group
  • [18:30] - Diverse Group of Businesses
  • [20:00] - Steps to Starting a Mastermind Group
  • [22:50] - MakingChips' Mastermind Group
  • [25:45] - Conclusion of Episode
  • [26:25] - Ryan’s Patreon Account

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    • jim@makingchips.com
    • jason@makingchips.com
    • ryan@makingchips.com
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    • (312) 725-0245
Mar 17, 2016

We come to you from two separate locations (Dallas & Chicago) on this remote episode of MakingChips. Today we talk about establishing and exploring your manufacturing company’s niche. Jim and Jason share their idea of what niche means to them in their respective companies. In Manufacturing News we discuss Five Vital Steps to Set Up a Successful Manufacturing Business. We also recap the TMA’s 90th annual meeting, and introduce a new MakingChips partnership.

Episode Outline:

  • [00:07] - Episode Preview
  • [01:45] - Dallas Airport
  • [02:40] - Affiliated Distributors
  • [03:40] - Manufacturing News
  • [06:40] - Finding the Right Factory
  • [07:30] - A Great Team
  • [08:55] - Business Model
  • [09:55] - TMA Board
  • [12:20] - Riches in the Niches
  • [14:00] - ZENGERS Industrial Supply’s Niche
  • [16:45] - ZENGERS Original Business Model
  • [18:48] - CARR Machine’s Niche
  • [22:52] - Picking the Right Jobs
  • [25:05] - Evaluate, Experiment, Evolve
  • [26:15] - IMTS Workshop
  • [27:25] - Sandvik Partnership
  • [30:12] - Conclusion of Episode

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

 

Mar 9, 2016

On this special episode of MakingChips, we recap the 2016 Crain's Manufacturers Summit with interviews from several VIP guests. First, we speak with John Sapiente of Elgin Die Mold and Trident Manufacturing about the challenges of running two businesses. Second, we have Jason Scher of Vosges Chocolate who speaks to us about working with your spouse, and the evolution of Vosges Chocolate. We also have a conversation with Tom Pellette of Caterpillar, where we discuss Caterpillar's supply chain relationships with machining companies, as well as the economic future of manufacturing.  Lastly, we talk with Sagar Patel of Woodward about their recent expansion, and promoting manufacturing to future generations. At the end of this episode, we recap what we took away from the event.

VIP Guests:

  • John Sapiente - President at Trident Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Jason Scher - Chief Operating Officer at Vosges Chocolate
  • Tom Pellette - Group President of Caterpillar Inc.
  • Sagar Patel - President, Aircraft Turbine Systems at Woodward

Episode Outline:

  • [00:07] - Episode Preview
  • [01:40] - Welcome John Sapiente
  • [02:06] - Elgin Die Mold’s Vision
  • [04:05] - Trident Manufacturing - Driving Out Waste
  • [05:05] - Wearing Many Hats
  • [05:50] - Welcome Jason Scher
  • [06:30] - Working With Your Spouse
  • [07:56] - Evolution of Vosges Chocolate
  • [09:50] - Welcome Tom Pellette
  • [10:15] - Caterpillar’s Supply Chain Relationships
  • [12:15] - Economic Future
  • [13:40] - Sustainability Trends
  • [15:10] - Welcome Sagar Patel
  • [16:00] - Woodward’s Expansion in Illinois
  • [19:25] - Promoting Manufacturing’s Image
  • [22:10] - Recapping 2016 Crain’s Manufacturers Summit
  • [23:45] - Small Donation for Ryan
  • [25:30] - Conclusion of Episode

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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
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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!

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    • jim@makingchips.com
    • jason@makingchips.com
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