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Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.

Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.


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Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.






207. Heroes: Advocates for Vocations - Amber Wilborne & Jody Woolwine

The next generation of industrial leaders are sitting in a classroom right now. They are being taught many different subjects that will help them grow but too many never get the chance to learn about some of the exciting opportunities that exist in industry. Amber Wilborne and Jody Woolwine are vocation advocates that have a passion for evangelizing to bring awareness to the many paths that exist on an industrial journey. In this conversation they share their personal experiences that were...


206. Idea: Culture by Design – How to build a High Performing Culture

Do not leave culture to chance because it influences everything! David Friedman literally wrote the book on how to design company cultures that make an impact and he shares some of the insights he's learned over the years that are sure to help you move forward. David leaves no ground uncovered and reviews areas such as: David is an award winning Vistage speaker and has poured his heart into the topic of culture. It can be what separates the best from the rest and is now more critical than...


205. Hero: Bob Meads - President at iQagent

Every journey is unique and what makes Bob Meads so special is the passion in which he unpacks his creation story that led him to the amazing world of augmented reality. Beginning with his career in the Navy, Bob always had a passion for technology. That love for technology presented many opportunities for him to grow his skillset which included items such as computer and PLC programming. From C++ to Java he never backed down from the challenge of mastering these platforms. At the heart of...


204. Idea: Industrial Marketing for Manufacturers in 2022

To create visibility for your business you must be able to position yourself and your company as expert resources. Through that process you can earn attention, trust and visibility. But how is that accomplished? Welcome to the party industrial marketing! In this idea episode Joe Sullivan from Gorilla 76 breaks down ways that manufacturers can take the lead and be in control of so much of their destiny in the future. Joe covers many areas including: Joe brought his A game in this...


203. Hero: Ron Thompson - Control/Interface Developer at Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Co.

"I enjoy what I'm doing" - that sums up the great journey that our hero Ron Thompson shares in this episode. After serving his country as a marine Ron has made an impact in many industries and what makes him unique is that he's always got a desire to learn new things. From PLC's, HMI's and even industrial networks Ron is always pushing himself to expand his areas of expertise. He shares great advice including how critical it is to build a solid foundation of understanding before you go too...


202. Idea - Industrial Analytics

As the industrial world evolves more and more attention is centering around data. These days the plant floor has access to more data than ever before. But it's not enough to simply have data - you have to use that to make better business decisions. Enter the world of industrial analytics! In this episode Matt Hussey unpacks ways in which those in the industrial sector are acting to make more informed decisions and ultimately improve their processes. He covers items such as: This was full...


201. Hero: Jeff Long - Owner of True Focus Media

Entrepreneurship, video and ministry - this hero episode covers it all! Jeff Long is absolutely crushing it at True Focus Media and he stopped in to share his story and encourage others to pursue their passions. As a fresh graduate from a Bible College Jeff quickly learned that his calling would be in digital marketing and he has never looked back. He is a natural problem solver and shares how stair-stepping an entrepreneurial journey helps you grow as your confidence and abilities do. He...


200. Idea: Simplifying Sales for Industry

Get ready for serious truth as Mike Weinberg shares his insight on how to simply sales for industry. Mike is a consultant, sales coach, speaker and author on a mission to simplify sales. His specialties are New Business Development and Sales Management, and his passion is helping companies and salespeople win more new sales! Forbes named Mike a Top Sales Influencer and other publications list him as the #1 Sales Expert to follow on Twitter. Mike has spoken and consulted on five continents...


199. Women of Industry - The Skills Gap: What are we going to do?

The skills gap is a real issue in industry and there is a great opportunity to improve by encouraging and supporting women to join this sector. To help explore this idea we brought in a power house panel of ladies to listen and learn from. Mayuri Dahibhate, Alexus Hancock and Meaghan Ziemba are all EECO Asks Why Heroes and they brought a ton of wisdom and insight into what they see first hand and what should be considered in the future. They unpack many areas including: The reality is that...


198. Women of Industry - Women and Family

Guests: Mary Bruce Clemons - Industrial Controls Technician @ TW Controls Taylor Smith - Creative Marketing and Sales Specialist @ PSNERGY Linda Freeman - Industry Manager @ Rockwell Automation EECO Asks Why is still celebrating the incredible women of industry! This week we discuss the families. There is a tremendous impact that industry has our family. We brought in three heroes to unpack how they feel that impact firsthand. Mary Bruce Clemons, Linda Freeman and Taylor Smith share...


197. Women of Industry - Women in STEM

The world of STEM makes a huge impact on industry and there are many women out there leading the way! In this action packed panel discussion Allie Donnelly and Mary Burgoon unpack the roads that led them to STEM and how it impacted them forever. The great part of this panel discussion is the different perspectives that come to life from work experiences, to backgrounds and even countries! You heard that right - prepare to get a behind the scenes look at how STEM is supported in neighboring...


196. Women of Industry - It's a Man's World

Whoever said "It's a Man's World" needs to pull up a chair and listen to these heroes of industry! Libbie Harrison and Stephanie Brantley tackle the topic of "It's a Man's World" head on and their candidness, insight and wisdom is something we all can learn from. They unpack many items including: ☑ Their general perception of how women are viewed in industry. ☑ The biggest headwinds women face. ☑ Some of the biggest moves forward in the recent years for women in industry. ☑ Tips and...


195. Women of Industry - Leadership Panel

Get ready for one of the most impactful conversations ever on EECO Asks Why! In 2020 we had a series that focused on Women in Engineering and those stories resonated with so many people. In 2022 we wanted to serve you by bringing panels of women together to share their insight on topics that are critical to industry. The panel featured in this episode focused on the topic of leadership and their insight was nothing short of spectacular. Joining the panel we had returning guest Natalie...


194. Idea: Video Content Marketing for Manufacturing

The world of business is constantly changing and as technology has evolved the importance of video to serve others has risen. Jeff Long is a leader in industry by helping manufacturers create valuable content that engages potential buyers as they evaluate available solutions. With nearly 70% of the buyer journey being completed before sales is contacted it is becoming more and more critical to have valuable content ready to serve when the questions arise. This can be a daunting statistic...


193. Hero: Michael Wilborne - The Industrial Sorcerer in Training

The best way to learn about the next generation of heroes is by talking to them directly. Michael Wilborne is well on his path to a future leader of industry and already has some incredible experiences that he unpacks. Growing up around automation and controls provided him a unique opportunity to see first hand the amazing paths that exist for his future journey. He is an Industrial Sorcerer in training and his dad Tim hold the title now. Michael explains how his high school offers...


192. Idea: Exploring the Human Side of Technology

Video technology is right at the center of many Industry 4.0 initiatives. However, many industrial owners struggle with implementation in a way that makes a meaningful impact to the business. Tanuj Thapliyal unpacks how any manufacturer could start this process and it is as easy as utilizing existing equipment. He explains that the key to getting these initiatives moving is by lowering the barrier of entry and finding wins early to build advocates. Video can be the ultimate ground truth to...


191. Hero: Allie Donnelly - Apprentice Electrician and Panel Builder

Talk about passion for your career!!! Allie Donnelly is our hero and we are convinced that she will quickly become yours as well. Allie's passion for her trade pours out of her in this conversation. As a young apprentice electrician she recognizes the amazing future that lies ahead and walks us through some of the steps she's taken along the way to pave the path. Allie always had a high level of curiosity and she shares how her mother always had her around trades which exposed her to a...


190. Idea: Industrial Networking Case Study - Lampe & Malphrus Lumber

So many industrial companies are struggling with their industrial network especially with the increased demand on data for process improvement. Ron Thompson shares the experience he had at Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Company as he led a massive overhaul of the complete network. Their needs started to include areas such as video and the infrastructure that existed simply could not support the demands. We've all seen the "network closet" and Ron shares how that too was a reality when they started...


189. Hero: Michael Manzi - Manufacturing Information Systems Practice Lead at Feyen Zylstra

Our hero Michael Manzi loves a challenge. From serving our country in the Navy working in nuclear submarines to designing world class MIS systems his journey will have you on the edge of your seat. He shares story after story of how he had challenges land at his feet and the methodical way he approached them all to reach the ultimate solution. He offers advice for those wanting to pursue a career in industry and he leads with you should always be an advocate for yourself. Those are powerful...


188. Idea: Augmented Reality for the Industrial World

Augmented reality is no longer chasing around Pokémon! It has made it to the plant floor and we unpack how you can start utilizing this technology in your facility immediately. Bob Meads shares a ton of insight on the evolution of augmented reality technology and how he is helping industrial users leverage it in their everyday operations. Bob reviews the impact technologies such as this can have on the culture of a company and the best approach for desired results. He explores practical...