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MakingChips is a weekly podcast that will equip leaders in the metalworking manufacturing industry with valuable content to utilize in their career and business.

MakingChips is a weekly podcast that will equip leaders in the metalworking manufacturing industry with valuable content to utilize in their career and business.
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MakingChips is a weekly podcast that will equip leaders in the metalworking manufacturing industry with valuable content to utilize in their career and business.

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English


Episodes

MC128: 5 Questions That Manufacturing Leaders Need To Ask Themselves Now

11/23/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation and Happy Thanksgiving from MakingChips! Where do you see your manufacturing business in the next five years? Do you have a vision of your company's future? On today's episode, Jim & Jason share 5 Questions that Manufacturing Leaders need to ask themselves right now. In manufacturing news, we talk about a groundbreaking new surgical procedure and how it relates to manufacturing. Jim and Jason also share their plans for Thanksgiving, and news related to their...

Duration: 00:35:41


MC127: LinkedIn 2.0

11/14/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to be back in the MakingChips studio! On today's episode we answer a listener's questions about the social media platform, LinkedIn. Jim and Jason both share their individual strategies for using the business platform -- notably for creating a conversation, strengthening their personal brand, and connecting with like minded individuals. They'll share their LinkedIn do's and don'ts, as well as their goals for optimizing the platform's full...

Duration: 00:30:21


MC126: Where to Begin with Making the List

10/24/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are pleased to bring you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. On today's episode we welcome back Red Caffeine's Julie Poulos along with Dan Mantilla and Natalie Dubs as they help you answer the question -- "Who Do I Market To?" Where do you start? It starts with a list! Julie and her team cover the four challenges that most mid market manufacturers face when figuring out who to market themselves to. We'll...

Duration: 00:35:00


MC125: Economic Expectations for Manufacturing Leaders in 2018 and Beyond

10/10/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are pleased to welcome back by popular demand, Bill Strauss - Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. On today's episode Bill shares his professional insight on several different topics relating to manufacturing and the global economy. We'll hear about manufacturing's economic performance in the U.S., the potential economic impact of new trade agreements, the current outlook of the stock market, and the lasting impact of...

Duration: 00:53:48


MC124: Representing Manufacturing Leaders at the White House

10/3/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to welcome back Patricia Miller - CEO of Matrix 4, to the MakingChips Podcast. On today's episode we hear about Patricia's visit to the White House on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers. Patricia was seated directly next to President Trump as the group discussed efforts to boost manufacturing in the United States. In manufacturing news, we discuss Brennan Investment Group's plans to turn 85 acres in Elk Grove Village, IL into a $1...

Duration: 00:30:18


MC123: New Ideas For Hiring in the Manufacturing Industry w/ Rich Hoster

9/26/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you LIVE from the Valley Industrial Association's Manufacturer’s Collaboration Conference in Sugar Grove, Illinois. On today's episode of MakingChips, we answer the question: What is a chaplet? - Hint, it’s used in castings. We welcome Rich Hoster, President at Smith and Richardson Inc. Rich takes us through some of the strategies that Smith and Richardson uses to help mitigate the skilled labor shortage. We'll also hear about the company's...

Duration: 00:43:46


MC122: How GT Automation Uses Xometry to Increase Sales

9/19/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are broadcasting remotely from a Xometry Vendor Partner, GT Automation Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Today we welcome Steve Gildea, President at GT Automation and Michael Dickson, VP of Customer and Partner Success at Xometry to the MakingChips Podcast, as they give us a deeper dive into the Xometry brand. We'll hear about the impact that Xometry has had on GT Automation as Steve walks us through the process that Xometry provides GT Automation to view and...

Duration: 01:02:00


MC121: The Spitfire Takes Control w/ Stacia Hobson

9/12/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! Today on MakingChips we welcome back Stacia Hobson for the second half of our two part interview. On this episode we'll hear about how her father reacted to their confrontation. Stacia also shares with us how she was able to take control of the business, what she would do differently in hindsight, how Image Industries addresses the skilled labor shortage, and we'll hear a bit about her award winning Toastmaster's speech. Later on, we'll hear from Charlie...

Duration: 00:36:49


MC120: Under Fire in a Family Business w/ Stacia Hobson

9/5/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! On this two part episode of MakingChips, we welcome Stacia Hobson, Co-Owner of Image Industries, Inc to our remote studio at the TMA in Schaumburg, IL. Image Industries offers stud welding solutions for compact construction equipment to service the agricultural and construction markets. They are the industry leaders in manufacturing threaded fasteners & hydraulic ports for these businesses. Stacia runs us through the history of the company and gives us a brief...

Duration: 00:57:05


MC119: Why Visionaries Need Integrators – Gaining “Traction” in Manufacturing

8/29/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! Two weeks ago we were joined by Patricia Miller and Will Scott of Matrix 4 as they introduced us to the roles of Visionary and Integrator. Today, we take a deeper dive into those roles as we learn how they have been implemented at Matrix 4. Patricia and Will share the impact that these vital roles have had on their company, as they equip and inspire you to effectively implement theses processes into your own business. We'll share with you the tools that helped...

Duration: 00:32:40


MC118: Considerations for Marketing Planning

8/22/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. Today we welcome back Julie Poulos (Vice President) and Kacey Keegan (Content Writer & Strategist) as they equip you with the key elements to consider when planning your marketing strategy. Topics on today's episode include: creating a campaign theme, developing and distributing content, showcasing your company culture, and determining a...

Duration: 00:33:55


MC117: Visionary and Integrator Relationships – One Model For Manufacturing Leaders

8/15/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring back a former guest who’s incredible journey over the last few years has seen her go from an industry “newbie” to a manufacturing “rockstar". Two years ago we introduced you to Patricia Miller of Matrix 4, who had recently left her career in marketing to take over her grandfather’s failing manufacturing business. With a complete overhaul of the business, and the help of her partner Will Scott, Matrix 4 solidified a strong company culture...

Duration: 00:48:24


MC116: Shifting Into Overdrive with Nicole Wolter – Overcoming Adversity (Part 2)

8/8/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode, we bring you part two of our interview with Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing. Last week we heard about a dire situation within HM Manufacturing that rocked the family business to it's core. On this episode, Nicole shares how the company recovered, implementing new procedures and processes to help lift HM to where they are today. Episode Structure: [02:00] - e-Commerce [06:03] - Social Media [06:40] - Customer Terms in...

Duration: 00:17:56


MC115: Shifting Gears at HM Manufacturing – When Crisis Strikes On The Shop Floor (Part 1)

8/1/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation and greetings from our studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Chicago. On this two part episode of MakingChips, we welcome back Nicole Wolter, President of HM Manufacturing Company. Nicole shares the captivating story of HM Manufacturing, a company that began with her father's passion for F1 racing. The downturn of the economy in 2008 proved to be the perfect time for Nicole to enter the family business, but as she would come to find out, things weren't quite what...

Duration: 00:39:36


MC114: Identifying Your Marketing Technology Stack

7/26/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! We are happy to bring you another episode of our #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology. Today we welcome back back Julie Poulos as she introduces Red Caffeine's Founder & CEO -- Kathy Steele. On this episode of MakingChips, we focus on integrating technology into your business. Kathy and Julie walk us through some starting points that will equip and inspire you to identify gaps in your business technology stack. Today's discussion...

Duration: 00:37:38


MC113: How Do You Judge Your Personal Success?

7/18/2017
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Success is one of those concepts that we all understand, and yet, in reality it means something different to each individual. For some, it is financial, for others it is freedom to be able to lead a certain lifestyle. On this episode of MakingChips, we examine the concept of personal success as Jim and Jason ask: "What does success look like for you, and have you achieved it?”. Jim Carr makes an appearance in this week’s manufacturing news as we discuss Illinois’ personal income...

Duration: 00:33:55


MC112: 7 Ways To Lead Like An Airline Executive (Satire)

7/5/2017
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In business, we all know things don’t always go the way they’re supposed to. Shipments become delayed, orders aren’t finished on time, and plans can change in an instant. Sometimes you can’t keep up with your end of the transaction. So what is the appropriate way to respond to these unfortunate occasions, even if they’re out of your hands? Maybe we can all learn something from the major airlines on how (not) to handle these instances. On this satirical episode of MakingChips, we list 7...

Duration: 00:31:57


MC111: Website Planning For Manufacturers

6/27/2017
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Hello Metalworking Nation! Today, we are bringing you another episode in our #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine. We are pleased to welcome back Julie Poulos as she introduces Red Caffeine's Tech Lead /Lead Developer / Front End Designer -- Chaz Klein. Today's episode focuses on the face of your business -- your website. Julie and Chaz guide us through some steps that will equip you with questions you should be asking yourself before diving into a new website. We'll talk about...

Duration: 00:37:25


MC110: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

6/6/2017
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"The more comfortable you get with trying new things, the more you're going to say yes to new challenges." Hello Metalworking Nation! Today, we are coming to you from our new studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, IL. On today's episode, Jim and Jason share their experiences that led them to step out of their comfort zone, and pursue new challenges. We'll hear from each of them as they explain what challenging their comfort zone means to them. In manufacturing news, we talk about how...

Duration: 00:22:13


MC109: What’s Your Archetype? – Developing Your Brand Identity

5/30/2017
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There are 12 Master Brand Archetypes. Which one are you? Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to bring you another episode in our MakingChips Marketing Series with Red Caffeine. On today’s episode we welcome two special guests from Red Caffeine; Shannon Callarman - Content Director and Danny Wyse - Graphic Designer. We’ll hear Shannon explain what Archetyping is, and what it says about you and your brand identity. Later on, we’ll hear Danny talk about developing logos, and putting a...

Duration: 00:40:38

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