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Making Chips Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders

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! MakingChips was launched in 2014 to equip and inspire the metalworking nation. Hundreds of episodes and a million downloads later, it’s an industry-leading source of information, inspiration, and entertainment for manufacturing leaders of all types. It’s hosted by Jason Zenger and Nick Goellner, two multi-generational manufacturing leaders, and they’re joined by a rotating panel of expert guests – including Titan Gilroy (TITANS of CNC), John Saunders (NYC CNC), Mark TerryBerry (Haas Automation), and many more. Join us as we tackle the topics that keep you up at night - leadership, operations, technology, growth, workforce development and culture.
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Now displaying: October, 2023
Oct 24, 2023

MakingSparks has officially arrived! Matthew Nix and I, Casey Voelker, are here to speak to the welding and fabrication industry. And just like MakingChips, we want to equip and inspire while attracting the next generation. Everyone will have some takeaways from MakingSparks.

In this episode, Matthew shares more about Nix Companies and their explosive growth over the last 20 years. We’ll also cover what you can expect from MakingSparks, who should listen, and give you a sneak peek at our next episode. 

– Casey 

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  • [3:24] Learn more about Matthew Nix and Nix Companies
  • [5:33] Recruiting and talent retention in fabrication
  • [7:27] Spark of Knowledge: Branding and marketing
  • [9:25] Growing the company to 100x revenue
  • [10:21] Who should listen to the MakingSparks podcast?
  • [13:50] Learn more about IMTS+
  • [15:13] What should we talk about?
  • [16:25] What’s happening in our next episode? 

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Oct 17, 2023

Are you in welding or fabrication? Are you a long-time listener of MakingChips who’s just been waiting for content that speaks directly to you? The wait is over. In this episode of MakingChips, Casey Voelker and Matthew Nix join us to introduce a brand new addition to the MakingChips lineup: MakingSparks. Casey and Matthew will be hosting the show that will bring even more industry voices to the mic. Tune in to this episode to learn exactly what to expect from this new podcast! Because if you’re not MakingSparks, you’re not making money. BAM!

— Jason 

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  • [2:24] Why we created the MakingSparks podcast
  • [6:19] What’s going to be different about MakingSparks?
  • [7:16] Spark of Knowledge: Strategic planning
  • [10:23] Free KPI checklist from Netsuite by Oracle
  • [14:46] The evolution of Nix Companies 
  • [18:44] What we want your takeaway to be
  • [20:36] IMTS 2024: Sept 9th-14th in Chicago
  • [21:57] Who will MakingSparks speak to?

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Oct 10, 2023

You’ve found your acquisition target. They’ve committed to selling you the business. Now the real work begins. It’s time for due diligence. Where does due diligence start? What factors should you consider? How do you build a checklist? 

Jason, Nick, Adam Schmitt, and I tackle due diligence in this episode of MakingChips. Because if you’re not doing due diligence, you may miss important factors that will impact your ability to make chips. And if you’re not MakingChips, you’re not making money. BAM! 

– Matthew Nix

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  • [0:57] Where does due diligence start? 
  • [6:43] Don’t be afraid to walk away
  • [9:33] Will leaders and employees stay?
  • [11:01] Take a deep dive into processes
  • [12:26] Asset purchase vs. stock purchase
  • [15:45] Don’t stop asking questions
  • [18:46] How to develop your own checklist

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Oct 3, 2023

How do you increase your capacity, make more chips, and bring on new clients without buying a new machine or pitching yourself to a single end user? Buying a company. Acquisitions are a large part of how we’ve all built our companies. But how do you start acquiring companies? Why would you want to? 

In this episode of MakingChips, Adam Schmitt—the Managing Partner of ProFab Alliance—joins Jason, Nick, and I (Matthew Nix) to dive into the starting point of acquisitions. Because if you’re not making acquisitions, you’re not MakingChips, and if you’re not MakingChips, you’re not making money. BAM!

– Matthew Nix

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  • [3:43] Manufacturing News: Trade School Programs
  • [9:39] Why should you make acquisitions? 
  • [16:04] How should you look for acquisitions? 
  • [23:35] Buyout conversations gone wrong
  • [26:39] Why you need to pay attention to due diligence

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