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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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Dec 26, 2023

Kyle Stoff spent his high school years doing parkour and making butterfly knives by hand. By the end of his Junior Year in high school, he’d decided he wanted to get into manufacturing to perfect his knife-making process. He skipped his Senior Year and dove into a full-time program at Ranken, becoming one of my best—and youngest—students. 

Now, Kyle works full-time for Orizon Aerostructures and makes his knives on days and weekends. His knives typically sell starting at $1,800—many are auctioned off even higher. He shares his story and why he’s passionate about manufacturing in this episode of MakingChips. Because if you’re not MakingChips, you’re not making knives, and you’re not making money. BAM!

– Drew Crowe

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  • [0:17] Palo Alto Networks Industrial OT Security
  • [3:08] How MakingChips launched Drew’s career
  • [8:40] Shoutout to Mark Bosworth at Southwestern Illinois College
  • [11:12] Celebrating MakingChips hitting 1,000,000 downloads
  • [17:11] Introducing today’s guest: Kyle Stoff with Orizon Aerostructures
  • [24:07] Check out Thomas™ Programs
  • [26:52] Shifting to making knives on a CNC machine
  • [31:47] Kyle inspired a curriculum change
  • [42:12] Kyle’s message to aspiring machinists
  • [44:03] The trajectory of Kyle’s future

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Dec 19, 2023

Do you express gratitude for your team members? Do they know their work is appreciated? Do you help guide them through their career so they can continue to learn and improve? Too many shops overwork good employees because they achieve excellence. That’s a mistake. It’s one of many reasons machine shops struggle with retention. 

In part II of our conversation with Drew Crowe and Dan Borders, we talk about the importance of showing appreciation. We also cover why it’s important for account managers to offer value, and how to retain young talent. Because if you’re not appreciating your talent, you won’t retain them. And if you can’t retain them, you’re not MakingChips, and definitely you’re not making money. BAM!

– Nick

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  • [0:21] Register for IMTS 2024
  • [2:22] We need to express gratitude
  • [7:38] Recap of part I
  • [8:16] Transitioning to Edge Technologies
  • [15:35] Palo Alto Networks Industrial OT Security
  • [17:19] What we look for when we hire
  • [20:39] Recruiting the next generation
  • [25:58] Thomas™ Programs

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Dec 12, 2023

How can we attract the next generation to machining? How can small shops attract and retain talent? How can we fuel greatness? In this episode of MakingChips, guest host Drew “The MFG” Crowe—the force behind the American Manufacturing Renaissance—brings on Dan Borders with Edge Technologies to start to tackle these questions. Because if you’re not attracting and retaining top talent, you won’t have a team to make chips. BAM!

– Nick

Segments

  • [0:16] Palo Alto Networks Industrial OT Security
  • [1:50] Introducing Drew “The MFG” Crowe 
  • [8:43] Why “Y’all” is universal
  • [9:50] The Chip on Drew’s shoulder: Influencers
  • [19:17] Netsuite by Oracle
  • [20:47] Introducing Dan Borders
  • [31:50] How Dan landed at Davis Tool & Die Co.
  • [40:51] Thomas™ Programs

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Dec 5, 2023

What separates successful shops from unsuccessful ones? The people. As a leader, taking care of your people is paramount. So how do you manage and lead your people better? By following the Golden Rule. How do you apply the “Golden Rule” in business? Mike Ruge—the Integrator and Experience Director at ZENGERS—shares what that looks like and it can transform your business in this episode of MakingChips. Because if you aren’t taking care of your people, they won’t be MakingChips and if they’re not MakingChips, you’re not making money. BAM! 

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  • [0:16] Take advantage of Thomas™ programs
  • [4:10] Manufacturing News: Tesla is changing perspectives 
  • [8:45] Applying the Golden Rule in your business
  • [14:33] Palo Alto Networks Industrial OT Security
  • [16:07] Ask questions to collaborate on a solution 
  • [22:26] How to shift your culture in the right direction
  • [25:34] How to address underperformance 
  • [35:02] Some BIG changes at ZENGERS and Hennig 
  • [37:06] Learn how to be more empathetic
  • [38:06] Learn more about IMTS+
  • [39:31] How to keep yourself accountable

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