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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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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
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