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The MAKING CHIPS Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders with Jason Zenger & Jim Carr

Welcome to MakingChips - We believe that manufacturing is challenging, but if you are connected to a community of leaders, you can elevate your skills, solve your problems and grow your business. Making Chips is a weekly podcast that will EQUIP and INSPIRE MANUFACTURING LEADERS to succeed in the challenging world of manufacturing. Our mission is for the METALWORKING NATION to Think Differently About Manufacturing In Order to Elevate their Game. Your hosts, Jason Zenger & Jim Carr, own manufacturing businesses and interview other leaders in the metalworking, machining, fabrication, tooling and machine tool industries. We have interviewed successful manufacturing CEOs you may have not heard of and also the biggest names in manufacturing like Titan Gilroy from Titans of CNC, John Saunders from NYC CNC, Mark Terryberry from Haas Automation and others from MakerCast, Sandvik Coromant, Autocrib and more. Think of us as your virtual community of manufacturing peers to help solve your toughest problems and grow your business. "Making Chips has provided a transparent approach to sharing within the manufacturing community and a modern platform to do so. Thank you both for taking the lead on moving our industry segment forward!" Patricia Miller - CEO & Visionary (Matrix IV) I really think what you guys are doing is a great, great thing for manufacturing. I have learned so much already from many of your episodes, and am so thrilled to have met people that get as revved up about manufacturing as I do! Cassandra Haupers – Vice President of Operations (Swiss Precision Machining) I love being able to experience what manufacturers are doing to promote culture and engage their team members and community. All of us are smarter than one of us. That is why I am part of the Making Chips tribe. Barry E. Walter, Jr. – Chief Operating Officer (Barry E. Walter, Sr. Co.) Finally, relevant manufacturing media that is actually entertaining! Dietmar Goellner – Chief Executive Officer (Advanced Machine & Engineering / Hennig) The more manufacturing companies we can get to think this way, the stronger our industry will be. Thank you for sharing! Jess Giudici – Manager, Talent and Culture I’m thankful to you for creating MakingChips for the Metalworking Nation so that Owners / Employees can strengthen their companies. Phil Sponsler – President (ORBITFORM) I love the podcast! It really serves to fill a void in the manufacturing world. I will admit I always feel a little more inspired. Jason Falk – Senior Application Engineer, CMTSE (HURCO) Thanks to all the great info on your podcasts and the website. Dave Lechleitner – Director of Solutions and Product Marketing (KEYEDIN) I really love what you guys are doing to advance the mfg industry in a way that really reaches the right audiences. Jeff Rizzie – Senior Manager-Business Development (Sandvik Coromant)
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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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We Want to Hear From You:

  • Email
    • jim@makingchips.com
    • jason@makingchips.com
    • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone
    • (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

Mentioned in Episode:

We Want to Hear From You:

  • Email
    • jim@makingchips.com
    • jason@makingchips.com
    • ryan@makingchips.com
  • Telephone
    • (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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