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MakingChips is hosted by a set of multi-generational manufacturing leaders who are on the factory floor everyday, living their lives in the world of manufacturing—they know first hand that manufacturing can be challenging. Founders Jim Carr and Jason Zenger released their first podcast in late December 2014—releasing over 300 episodes to-date, reaching more than 650,000 downloads—all while striving to deliver on their mission, to “equip and inspire the metalworking nation.” In 2019, Nick Goellner, another multi-generational manufacturing leader, joined the MakingChips hosts, bringing a third generation of manufacturing leaders to the table. Join the hosts as they work through industry challenges with leaders such as Titan Gilroy (Titans of CNC), John Saunders (NYC CNC), Mark Terryberry (Haas Automation) and more.
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Jan 12, 2015

Is there a plan in place at your company if a top employee, such as the president or owner

dies? Episode five is the first in a new interview format on MakingChips. In this fifth episode,

we talk to Stacey Bales about her story of taking over as President of Bales Mold Service (recently

rebranded as Bales Metal Surface Solutions).

The first reaction from the bank is “How are we going to liquidate?”

Who takes over when multiple family members are involved and no succession plan has been

setup? Major issues arise, such as trust among family members - when there is no succession

plan, family members will fight out their new roles instead of moving into the proper roles

right away. The family needs to establish that they are all on the same team and not out for

themselves.

“Be very transparent with the person that you believe is coming up.” The owner of every

manufacturing company should be transparent about how they want to handle the succession

of their company and have a vision about where they want the company to go.

Stacey Bales is the 2nd generation owner and President of Bales Metal Surface Solutions. Bales

provides engineered coating and finishes to mold makers and OEMs. They have locations in

Illinois and Texas. In addition, Stacey is on the Board of Directors of the TMA (Technology and

Manufacturing Association) and President of AESF (American Electro & Surface Finishers).

In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss a news article about the City of Atlanta. They

are short on manufacturing skilled labor resulting in six figure incomes for certain positions.

In our Metalworking Tools segment, we discuss Southwestern Industries (CNC Technology for

Small Lot Machining). Southwestern machines are intended to produce small lots of parts, so

you can go from programming to producing parts much quicker than traditional CNC lathes

and mills with easy to use ProtoTRAK programming.

 

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