The MAKING CHIPS Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders with Jason Zenger & Jim Carr

The MAKING CHIPS Podcast for Manufacturing Leaders with Jason Zenger & Jim Carr
Elevate Your Manufacturing Leadership, Find Solutions To Your Challenges, and Increase Your Speeds and Feeds.

A Year With No Manufacturing Trade Shows
Aug 10 • 33 min
A year without IMTS, FabTech, etc. have you wondering what comes next for industry tradeshows? In this episode, Jim, Jason, and Nick talk all about the year without tradeshows. They cover everything from attendees to exhibitors and ways you can still…
How’s the Health of your Entrepreneurial Operating System
Aug 3 • 46 min
What exactly is EOS, and what is an L10 meeting? This week on the MakingChips podcast, co-hosts Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, and Nick Goellner share their experiences and discuss how to use the Entrepreneurial Operating System for leadership success. …
Effective Communication for Manufacturing Leaders
Jul 27 • 38 min
Are you communicating with your team effectively? Step up your communication skills this week as Jason Zenger shares 10 effective tips to improve your communication as a leader. Connect with us: The Boring Bar Newsletter -…
Setting the Standard for your Manufacturing Brand
Jul 20 • 36 min
In this episode, MakingChips hosts, Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, and Nick Goellner interview MakingChips Agency Director Jessica Peterson about what it means to have brand standards for your manufacturing business and why having a logo doesn’t translate to…
How to Get Your Sales Management in Order
Jul 13 • 44 min
When it comes to managing a sales team, it’s important not to confuse efforts with results. In this episode, co-host Nick Goellner draws on his experience as AME Sales & Marketing Director to discuss key sales results and metrics as they relate…
How to be a Change Agent for your Business with Robin Johnson
Jul 6 • 46 min
Times are changing and as manufacturing leaders, we need to adjust with these times. “In business, if we don’t change, we don’t grow and we don’t survive.” - Robin Johnson, a change agent, with a passion for helping organizational leaders move their…
Losing a Manufacturing Leader
Jun 29 • 35 min
In business and in life we all experience pain we can’t control. Jim Carr reflects on the recent death of his parents and gives practical advice on how business leaders can prepare for personal loss and grief. Segments: Jason Zenger talks…
Leading through Fear
Jun 15 • 31 min
Co-hosts Jim Carr, Nick Goellner and Jason Zenger talk about their past experiences with fear in business, including navigating recession, unemployment, and the current pandemic, then offer seven steps for leading through fear, along with personal…
Manufacturing Creates Careers
Jun 8 • 45 min
Guest , Chief Operating Officer at ., talks with co-hosts Jim Carr, Nick Goellner, and Jason Zenger about his rise from high school apprentice to a manufacturing industry leader and provides advice and perspective on recruiting and training the next…
Resharpening Drills and End mills - When and Why
May 26 • 33 min
When it comes to your cutting tools, how do you know when it’s time to resharpen or recycle? This week on the MakingChips podcast, hosts Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, and Nick Goellner discuss when and why you should consider resharpening your cutting tools…
Quick Response in Crisis Your Community As Your Customer with Noah Goellner
May 11 • 42 min
It’s tempting, in rapid response, to abandon procedures or suspend protocols in order to solve immediate crisis situations. This week’s guest, Noah Goellner, lean manufacturing expert and COO of Hennig Inc., provides practical methods for…
Cannabis on the Shop Floor - In the “Weeds” with Employment Law Expert, Jim Griffin
Apr 29 • 45 min
MakingChips guest Jim Griffith, an employment attorney for HR Source, answers timely questions about individual state and federal marijuana laws, and provides manufacturing leaders with three action steps to help address management and human…
Manufacturing Numbers on COVID-19 from NAM’s Chief Economist - Chad Moutray
Apr 23 • 45 min
Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), talks with MC hosts Jim Carr, Nick Goellner, and Jason Zenger to provide insight into the current economic conditions for manufacturers during COVID-19 and offer an…
PANDEMIC CRISIS - MakingChips talks with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
Apr 13 • 46 min
In a timely interview, Jim Carr, Nick Goellner, and Jason Zenger sit down with Cook County IL Board of Commissioners President , who oversees one of the nation’s largest public health and hospital systems as well as one of the nation’s…
Automation Goes Viral During a Pandemic
Mar 30 • 36 min
Are there any positives in this pandemic? With social distancing, working from home, schools and businesses closing, and travel being restricted, the physical and psychological impact of COVID-19 is hitting us all. The MakingChips podcast has always…
Mar 23 • 27 min
In this week’s MakingChips podcast, hosts Jason Zenger, Jim Carr, and Nick Goellner discuss the impact of today’s pandemic, and consider its effect on the manufacturing industry, future investors, travel and much more.
Multigenerational Manufacturing - Divorce and Succession, Manual and 5-Axis at CARR Machine & Tool, Inc.
Mar 9 • 56 min
When the family members running the family business comprise everyone from seasoned octogenarians to fresh-faced millennials, challenges arise that are not necessarily talked about in other industries. In this week’s MakingChips podcast, hosts Jim…
CORONAVIRUS - The Impact on Manufacturing
Mar 2 • 37 min
As business leaders, the way we respond to unforeseen issues and crises can put a spotlight on both strengths and vulnerabilities within our corporate practices, culture, and personal character. In this week’s MakingChips…
Ask MakingChips: How Do I Turn Around an Uninspired Employee?
Feb 17 • 32 min
You are motivated, inspired and positive - your employee… not so much. How can you turn around an employee who does not match the positive energy in your workplace?In today’s episode of MakingChips, Jason Zenger, and Jim Carr, discuss a…
How to Hold Yourself Accountable for a Strong Workplace Culture
Feb 10 • 47 min
Learning the Importance on Delegation and Self Awareness
What is the Manufacturing Multiplier Effect?
Feb 3 • 31 min
What exactly is the multiplier effect? How does manufacturing positively impact the economy and our communities? What makes manufacturing and other “creation industries” different from service industries? In today’s episode of…
Connecting Manufacturing Leaders to the Future of Technology
Jan 25 • 59 min
This week’s guest on MakingChips, Federico Sciammarella, CTO at MxD, gives us an insider’s glimpse of the “future factory” and offers practical ways to introduce digital to any size shop. Located in Chicago, MxD is one of 14 institutes that make up…
2020 Goal Setting for the Manufacturing Leader
Jan 20 • 37 min
In this week’s MakingChips podcast, Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, and Nick Goellner each share the vision behind their own personal and professional goals for 2020 and provide inspiration on how to tackle the new year with meaning, purpose, and direction.
What to Consider Before Buying or Selling a Manufacturing Business with Mike Payne
Jan 13 • 57 min
What’s the one question to ask before making any investment decision? As leaders in the industry we are dedicated to growth, yet with quality manufacturing relying so heavily on process, it often seems safer to keep doing things the way we always…
Be a Manufacturing Leader Who Leads with Team Health
Jan 6 • 33 min
A team of leaders who are not united will never reach their potential. On today’s episode of MakingChips, the guys discuss the importance of team health after Jason Zenger shares an exercise he does with his leadership team at ZENGERS. …
Quality Management in Manufacturing with Paul Van Metre and Michael Collins
Dec 30, 2019 • 38 min
Quality management in the manufacturing industry should be high on your list of priorities. Carr Machine & Tool is going through the auditing process with ProShop ERP to prepare for the AS9100 certification they’d like to obtain. In this episode…
Tips to Recession-Proof Your Manufacturing Business
Dec 16, 2019 • 29 min
Is it possible to recession-proof a business? With all the chatter in the economic world about the potential of a recession, how do you mitigate your losses? Are their things that you can do up-front that would help you survive a recession? Jim and…
Job Creation in the Manufacturing Industry with Jon Klinepeter
Dec 9, 2019 • 54 min
Today’s guest on the MakingChips podcast is passionate about job creation in the manufacturing industry. Today’s youth are being pushed towards college degree—while racking up debt—which has led to $1.6 trillion in student loan debt in the…
What Does a Successful Employee Onboarding Process Look Like?
Dec 2, 2019 • 24 min
Employee onboarding can be stressful and it’s hard to know what you should or shouldn’t be doing. What do you tell a new hire on day one? Do you start the process before their first day? When do you do performance reviews? The list of questions…
Special Re-Release: Employee Development and Retention Strategies with Jess Giudici
Nov 26, 2019 • 68 min
This re-release of one of our most popular episodes includes never released bonus content about development, retention strategies, compensation techniques and much more. Our returning guest, Jess Giudici, packs a punch with her on-point advice and…
A Different Spin on Social Media Marketing for Manufacturers
Nov 11, 2019 • 36 min
Is social media marketing for manufacturers really worth the effort? How should you market your brand in general? It may be hard to figure out where you fit in the social media world and what content to put out. In this episode of Making Chips, Jim…
Why Manufacturing Leaders Should Employ Veterans with Andrea Biwer & Marne Deithorn
Oct 21, 2019 • 47 min
Making the decision to employ veterans may seem like a shot in the dark, but it could actually be the best hiring decision you will ever make as a manufacturing leader. Military veterans not only have the tangible leadership skills you need to grow…
Training for Performance - not Credentials with Montez King
Oct 14, 2019 • 62 min
Training to achieve top credentials has long been a goal of many in the Metal Working Nation, but what about training for performance? Montez King, Executive Director of NIMS, unpacks the power of training machinists to perform at their ultimate best….
Creating Company Presence through Value-Driven Content Marketing with Chris Fox
Oct 7, 2019 • 44 min
Content marketing provides an opportunity to expand your business and to offer something of value to the manufacturing community around the world. Chris Fox, the creative director at MakingChips, shares why every manufacturing leader should be…
A Manufacturing Career Could be the Answer for Those Willing to Learn with Sarah Wierman
Sep 30, 2019 • 37 min
Choosing a new career path or education route can be intimidating, but a manufacturing career may just provide the perfect solution! Sarah Wierman shares her inspiring story and helpful insights into joining the manufacturing industry and how being…
Elevating Knowledge through How-To Manufacturing Videos with Mark Terryberry, Bryan O’Fallon, & Scott Gasich
Sep 24, 2019 • 58 min
HAAS Automation is leading the way in how-to manufacturing videos as an education tool for manufacturing leaders around the globe - as well as a content marketing tool to demonstrate how to use the newest HAAS equipment. Guest speakers Mark…
Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap by Inspiring the Next Generation with Hernan Ricaurte, Brian Grigson & Brian Pendarvis
Sep 16, 2019 • 64 min
How can the Metal Working Nation close the manufacturing skills gap? As the manufacturing industry continues to grow with the demand for fast and excellent production, it is imperative that the proper skills be found, fostered, and taught. Even with…
Thriving as a Manufacturing Entrepreneur with John Saunders
Sep 9, 2019 • 60 min
Being a manufacturing leader is difficult, especially if you are a manufacturing entrepreneur! With so many possible opportunities and pitfalls, it can be hard to know how to navigate the small-business world of an entrepreneur. Guest speaker, John…
Machining Trade Schools Offer an Exciting Alternative to Traditional College Educations with Kurt Preisandanz & Lee Norton
Aug 28, 2019 • 40 min
With college skyrocketing in price every year, machining trade schools offer an affordable and promising solution to those looking for a meaningful - and even lucrative - career path. Kurt Preisendanz is the Director of Training at the NTMA Training…
Industrial Vending Machines are Optimizing Manufacturing Processes with Steve Pixley
Aug 19, 2019 • 35 min
Another amazing form of automation is here - the industrial vending machine! Guest speaker Steve Pixley - Founder & CEO of AutoCrib - dives into why vending machines are the Metal Working Nation’s new best friend on the shop floor. From solving the issue…
Utilizing Artificial Intelligence for Efficient Data Collection with Akshat Thirani
Aug 12, 2019 • 40 min
Data collection has taken many forms in the history of manufacturing, and now is the time to embrace the most efficient form yet - artificial intelligence. Guest speaker, Akshat Thirani, shares how he solved the software disparity between computer…
Developing Machining Automation Systems in the THINC Developers Group with Randy Jokerst & Brad Klippstein
Aug 7, 2019 • 35 min
With so many automation systems available, it can be hard to know which to use to meet your specific goals and needs as a manufacturing leader. Guest speakers Randy Jokerst and Brad Klippstein share how the THINC Developers Group enables the Metal Working…
Cobotics Innovation Paves the Way of the Future with Craig Zoberis
Jul 29, 2019 • 36 min
Guest speaker, Craig Zoberis, shares his “Aha!” moment when he realized cobots could help him create a more efficient and life-giving environment to his team. His passion for innovation and the power of the cobotic ecosystem led him to create his own…
Leading the Charge for Change in Manufacturing with Drura Parrish
Jul 15, 2019 • 45 min
Guest speaker, Drura Parrish, the president of Xometry Supplies, shares his manufacturing story and how leaders can take small steps towards big change for their businesses.
Implementing Cobots for Cutting-Edge Automation with Elias Serruya
Jul 11, 2019 • 44 min
Are cobots the future of your manufacturing business? Guest speaker, Elias Serruya shares his passion for innovative thinking and why a future of cobots may just be your manufacturing dream-come-true.
Business Automation for Robust Efficiency with Paul Van Metre
Jul 8, 2019 • 44 min
Business automation can seem like an intimidating change, but the benefits are massive. Guest speaker, Paul Van Metre - president of Pro Shop ERP, shares how letting go of control can help grow your company and make it vastly more efficient.
Integrating Your Tech Stack for Optimal Performance with Kaleb Mertz
Jun 27, 2019 • 36 min
Guest speaker, Kaleb Mertz - the integrator and lead of the MakingChips team - dives into why and how you need to integrate your tech stack to boost your company’s efficiency and ease the load on you and your employees.
Moving from SaaS to MaaS with Michael Dickson
Jun 17, 2019 • 29 min
Xometry is the manufacturing-as-a-service (MaaS) platform that serves the pressing needs of the Metal Working Nation. Jim and Jason discuss the inner-workings of Xometry’s impressive success with the vice president of the company, Michael Dickson, in this…
Stop Handling and Start Machining with Stan Martin
Jun 10, 2019 • 25 min
Realizing how much time he and his team were spending handling projects and parts themselves at Martin Manufacturing inspired Stan Martin to streamline the trunnion table for optimal performance - for his own shop and for the entire Metal Working Nation.
Applying the Franchise Model to Your Manufacturing Business with Paul Van Metre
Jun 3, 2019 • 47 min
We often don’t think of a franchise and a manufacturing business as being an easy match, but systematizing your business according to the franchise model can vastly improve the functionality and profitability of your company. In this episode, the…
The Marketing Automation Solutions to Help You Optimize Your Customer Experience
May 16, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason discuss the importance of utilizing marketing automation with B2B consultant and advisor, Todd Hockenberry.
The Fight Against Nepotism in the Family Manufacturing Business with Dietmar Goellner
May 7, 2019 • 46 min
Guest speaker, Dietmar Goellner shares his own experience and insight into keeping nepotism out of the family business, while also mentoring his three sons within the company.
Creating an Impactful Company Culture
Apr 29, 2019 • 38 min
Jim and Jason both know the importance of fostering a great company culture within their businesses. Knowing where to begin and how to accomplish a thriving culture, however, can be daunting. In this insightful episode of MakingChips, Jim shares his…
Start Now: The Steps You Need to Take Toward Family Business Succession Planning
Apr 18, 2019 • 22 min
Jim and Jason understand that the dialogue surrounding the family business can be hard as it is - without throwing in who is getting what and when. In this episode of the MakingChips podcast, Jim and Jason share their personal experiences as well as some…
Dreaming and Succeeding as a Manufacturing Startup with Brandon & Mike Kane
Apr 12, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode of the MakingChips podcast, Jim Carr and Nick Goellner explore what makes or breaks startup business endeavors and what we can learn from entrepreneur Brandon Kane’s determination.
The Tools You Need to Fight Stress
Apr 4, 2019 • 29 min
Life often gets crazy busy, and it can be hard to fight the stress that easily sneaks in and overwhelms the everyday. Jason Zenger and Jim Carr unpack the causes of major stress and give practical insight and tactics for overcoming the stresses that keep…
Utilizing LinkedIn Strategies for Business Success with Wayne Breitbarth
Mar 18, 2019 • 44 min
LinkedIn expert, Wayne Breitbarth, is back with more excellent insight into LinkedIn strategies to promote and grow your manufacturing business! Jim and Jason ask the hard questions about the worth of a premium account, when and how to say no to offending…
LinkedIn Success Without Having to Obsess with Wayne Breitbarth
Mar 15, 2019 • 46 min
Gaining LinkedIn success is not as difficult as some may think. Utilizing the world’s largest database of professionals is key to marketing your manufacturing business and rising as a leader in the industry. Guest speaker, Wayne Breitbarth, is a LinkedIn…
Evolutions in the Workholding Process with Alvin Goellner
Feb 14, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode of MakingChips, guest speaker, Alvin Goellner, shares the latest trends in workholding systems and why you need to implement them for optimal efficiency and quality performance in your manufacturing business.
The Latest Cutting Tool Trends in Manufacturing with Tom Senger
Feb 10, 2019 • 40 min
Having the right tools for the job is at the foundation of a leading manufacturing business. Guest speaker, Tom Senger, gives the run-down on the latest and greatest tools to utilize on the shop floor.
Strategizing Your Employee Development with Jess Giudici
Jan 24, 2019 • 46 min
Understanding how to create an employee development plan can be difficult if your company is not striving towards constant improvement. Guest speaker Jess Giudici is back with the MakingChips team to discuss the importance of taking the time to focus on…
Streamlining Your Hiring Process with Jessica Giudici
Jan 17, 2019 • 50 min
Streamlining and optimizing your company’s hiring and onboarding processes can be difficult and sometimes daunting. Guest speaker Jess Giudici gives practical and engaging advice on how to approach your hiring process and create efficient, job-unique…
Recession Planning and Where to Start
Jan 12, 2019 • 29 min
The word is out - the economy is changing, and you should probably start planning for a recession. MakingChips hosts Jason Zenger and Jim Carr help take the intimidation out of a looming recessional period by offering some practical advice based on their…
Storytelling Matters with Christine Schmitz
Jan 3, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode of MakingChips, Jason Zenger and Jim Carr introduce a new team member, Christine Schmitz - an experienced editor and writer who explains why storytelling matters to manufacturers and their businesses.
Machining Vibration with Dr. Tony Schmitz
Dec 27, 2018 • 40 min
The MakingChips podcast welcomes guest Tony Schmitz, professor at UNC Charlotte and assistant director, energy production and infrastructure center to talk about machining vibration. Tony teaches mechanical design, helping students design and build useful…
Lean Process Improvement with Noah Goellner
Dec 21, 2018 • 39 min
On this week’s episode of MakingChips, guest Noah Goellner talks about lean process improvement for manufacturers. Noah is the Vice President of Continuous Improvement for Hennig Inc. He is also a lean expert with who presents lean practices in his role…
MakingChips 2.0 with Nick Goellner
Dec 7, 2018 • 29 min
On today’s podcast, Jim and Jason share a very special announcement about MakingChips 2.0. Four years ago, MakingChips started with the goal of equipping and inspiring manufacturing leaders. The mission has not and will not change. However, what started…
The Entrepreneurial Operating System
Nov 29, 2018 • 30 min
Jim and Jason are back in the studio to start their new series on process by talking about the Entrepreneurial Operating System. This podcast series on process is designed to help you evaluate your current processes and determine where in your company new…
Giving Thanks with The Metalworking Nation
Nov 22, 2018 • 19 min
On this special Thanksgiving episode of MakingChips, the Metalworking Nation shares what they are thankful for. While Jason and Jim usually address the challenging issues that manufacturers deal with, on this episode they step back and make some space to…
Dialing in Manufacturing Processes with Jim and Jason
Nov 15, 2018 • 19 min
It’s time for you to start dialing in manufacturing processes that can revolutionize your business. Manufacturing is challenging. But MakingChips is here to help through every aspect of running and growing your business. One of the best ways to jumpstart…
ITMS2018 Wrap Up with Larry Turner and Peter Eelman
Nov 1, 2018 • 23 min
Welcome to the MakingChips IMTS2018 wrap up podcast, recorded live from the final day of the show with guests Larry Turner, President and CEO of Hannover Fairs USA and Peter Eelman, Vice President of Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT. After a long…
Industry 4.0 with Jim King, Andrew Benson and Meghan West
Oct 25, 2018 • 35 min
Jim and Jason are live from IMTS2018 Day 5 with guests Jim King, Andrew Benson, and Meghan West to discuss industry 4.0 and its impact on the metal-working nation. How does a machine tool manufacturer, tooling manufacturer and a CAD/CAM company work…
How Manufacturers Can Sleep Better at Night with Barry Walter, Dietmar Goellner, Craig Zoberis, and Teresa Beach-Shelow
Oct 18, 2018 • 47 min
Live from IMTS 2018 day four in Chicago, Jason and Jim are joined by Barry Walter, Dietmar Goellner, Craig Zoberis, and Teresa Beach-Shelow to give their insight and advice that will help manufacturers sleep better at night. There are so many decisions…
The Core Values and Culture of OKUMA with Tim Thiessen
Oct 5, 2018 • 32 min
During this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason talk with Tim Thiessen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Okuma America Corporation about the core values and culture of OKUMA. This conversation happened at IMTS2018 where that unique culture was…
Does Manufacturing Data Matter? with Steve Kline
Oct 1, 2018 • 30 min
Live from IMTS 2018, Jim and Jason talk with Steve Kline, Director of Market Intelligence at Gardner Media Business, Inc. to answer the question “does manufacturing data matter?” Steve has generated forecasts for his family owned business and for the…
What’s on the Manufacturing Horizon with Lonnie Love, Jay Rogers, and Adrian Allen
Sep 26, 2018 • 54 min
MakingChips is back with another live podcast from IMTS 2018. On this episode, Jim and Jason discuss what’s on the manufacturing horizon with guests Lonnie Love, Jay Rogers, and Adrian Allen. During times of rapid growth, long-term thinking can easily…
Social Media Management for Manufacturers with Aisha Rasul, Corey Koepnick and Tom Fetcho
Sep 22, 2018 • 44 min
On Wednesday at IMTS 2018, Jason and Jim hosted a panel including Aisha Rasul of Socistory, Corey Koepnick of Badassmachinists and Tom Fetcho, Vice President of Operations at MariTool to discuss social media management for manufacturers. Should…
IMTS Panel Discussion on Solving the Skills Gap with Jess Giudici, Titan Gilroy, Federico Sciammarella, and Toni Neary
Sep 13, 2018 • 51 min
On this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason broadcast live from IMTS with their guest panel including Jess Giudici, Titan Gilroy, Federico Sciammarella and Toni Neary to discuss solving the skills gap in manufacturing. The manufacturing industry has a…
From the Farm to the Shop Floor with Rob Sattler
Sep 6, 2018 • 44 min
On this episode of MakingChips, Rob Sattler talks about how his family business took manufacturing from the farm to the shop floor. Rob is the Vice President of Sales, Estimating and Engineering at Sattler Inc in Ira, Michigan. He comes from a family of…
Last Minute Preparations for IMTS 2018 with Peter Eelman
Sep 5, 2018 • 39 min
On this episode of MakingChips, Peter Eelman returns to talk about the last minute preparations for IMTS 2018. Peter is the Vice President of Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT. He is also the Senior Executive in charge of the International…
The Risk and Reward of Implementing a New ERP System with Ryan Carr and Paul Van Metre
Aug 23, 2018 • 45 min
On this episode of MakingChips, Jim interviews his son Ryan Carr, Operations Manager at Carr Machine and Tool along with Paul Van Metre, Co-Founder of ProShop ERP, about the risk and reward of implementing a new ERP system. During the interview, Ryan…
The Value of IMTS for Job Shops with Michelle Edmonson
Aug 10, 2018 • 38 min
This week on MakingChips, guest Michelle Edmonson, Senior Director of Exhibitions Operations and Marketing at AMT, explains the value of IMTS for job shops. Job shops are typically smaller manufacturing companies that often handle custom orders for small…
Insider Tips on the Best Way to Experience Chicago with Jason Lesniewicz
Aug 2, 2018 • 33 min
On this episode of MakingChips, Jim talks with Jason Lesniewicz, Director of Cultural Tourism at Choose Chicago, about the best way to experience Chicago. Jason leads Choose Chicago’s cultural tourism strategy positioning as a global, cultural destination…
The Whirlwind of Leadership with Peter Claus
Jul 26, 2018 • 33 min
This week on MakingChips, Peter Claus talks about the whirlwind of leadership he experiences in his manufacturing job. Peter is the CNC supervisor at HSF Industries in Buffalo, New York where he has worked for over 20 years. He is also one of this year’s…
Do You Really Need a 5-Axis Machine? with Jim Carr and Jason Zenger
Jul 19, 2018 • 30 min
This week on MakingChips, Jason asks Jim whether or not you really need a 5-axis machine. Every manufacturing company owner has to determine the right time to add a new piece of machinery to his or her shop. That decision isn’t always easy. More often…
Inspiring Manufacturing’s Next-Generation Leaders with Greg Jones
Jul 12, 2018 • 39 min
The growth and impact of manufacturing tomorrow depends on the next-generation leaders you are investing in today. During this episode of MakingChips, Greg Jones, Vice President of Smartforce Development at AMT, discusses how he is trying to help reduce…
Spindle Time and Italian Cars with Russ Waddell
Jul 5, 2018 • 32 min
If you are a manufacturing leader, then it is imperative that you learn all you can about MTConnect and the digitization of the manufacturing industry. As the internet of things continues to grow, companies should be prepared to integrate technology into…
The Return on Investment in Company Culture with Julie Poulos
Jun 24, 2018 • 40 min
Can you see a return on investment in company culture in your business? It’s a question that every manufacturing owner or operator should consider. Much of the focus in manufacturing is on production. However, one of the biggest investments you can make…
Digital Transformation in the Manufacturing Industry with Doug Woods
Jun 13, 2018 • 38 min
On this episode of MakingChips, Jason and Jim sit down with Doug Woods, President of AMT to discuss the digital transformation in the manufacturing industry. Doug has had a lifetime of experience in manufacturing and now shares that experience with…
How Manufacturing Education Will Transform The Industry with Aneesa Muthana
Jun 9, 2018 • 41 min
Few people are champions of manufacturing education like Jim’s guest on this episode of MakingChips, Aneesa Muthana. Aneesa began working in her father’s manufacturing shop when she was a very young girl, answering phones and making chips of her own.
The Challenge of Implementing a Succession Plan with Bob Bechtold
May 26, 2018 • 33 min
In order for your manufacturing company to outlast your leadership tenure, it’s a good idea to have a succession plan. After investing so much time and energy into building a successful company, it can be difficult to hand over your responsibilities to…
Developing a Sales Playbook for Your Manufacturing Company with Julie Poulos
May 17, 2018 • 51 min
In order to generate measurable growth in your manufacturing company, you need to develop a sales playbook. While marketing can help you get noticed among prospective clients, a sales division converts them into revenue producing clients. In order for…
The Power of a Positive Culture in Your Manufacturing Business with Matt Guse
May 10, 2018 • 36 min
Developing a positive culture within your manufacturing business could be the key to reaching the next level of success with your company. On this week’s episode of MakingChips, you’ll hear from Matt Guse, President of MRS Machining in Augusta, Wisconsin.…
Strategies For Buying and Selling Used Equipment with Ryan Wiegel
May 2, 2018 • 62 min
Buying used equipment might sound like a bad idea. Purchasing brand new brings about a sense of excitement and confidence. However, in the manufacturing world, buying new equipment can be incredibly expensive. This week on Making Chips, find out how…
IMTS 2018 Preview with Peter Eelman
Apr 25, 2018 • 45 min
Whether you are a veteran attendee of IMTS, or you are planning your first experience, this week’s episode of Making Chips is for you. For 90 years, the International Manufacturing Technology Show has been the premiere manufacturing show in North America.…
5 Keys to A Successful Cutting Tool Manufacturing Business with Mike Polizzi
Mar 30, 2018 • 49 min
In order to have a successful cutting tool manufacturing business, you must have a plan. As Benjamin Franklin once said, failing to plan is planning to fail. Manufacturers shutter their doors every day, not because they aren’t providing a valuable…
How to Build an Outbound Marketing Strategy for Your Manufacturing Business, with Julie Poulos
Mar 21, 2018 • 38 min
Building an outbound marketing strategy for your marketing business is crucial. The reality is that, in order to stay in business, you have to have customers. You need someone willing to buy what you are manufacturing.
2018 Trends In Cutting Tools and the Manufacturing Industry with Mike Ramsey of Kennametal
Mar 14, 2018 • 29 min
This episode, recorded live at a recent conference, consists of a conversation between Jim and Jason and their guest, Mike Ramsey, Global Vice President of The Industrial Diversified Market Unit at Kennametal. Kennametal is a global manufacturer of…
High Pressure Coolant Systems: Should You Take The Leap?
Mar 7, 2018 • 26 min
Every now and then a technology comes along that everyone is talking about, and high pressure coolant systems are the big topic of conversation in the manufacturing world right now. Jim and Jason discuss these amazing systems on this episode of…
MC137: 3 Ways to Improve Your CAM Skills
Feb 20, 2018 • 26 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes…
MC136: She Was Asked: “When Are We Going To Liquidate?” [MC Archive]
Feb 19, 2018 • 16 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes…
MC135: 5 Drivers of Success From A Manufacturing Startup
Feb 9, 2018 • 28 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes…
MC134: Introduction to Robots in Machining w/Brian Panek [Replay]
Feb 1, 2018 • 29 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled at what’s to come in the near future for the MakingChips Podcast. While Jim and Jason are busy implementing the final changes to the new MakingChips, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite episodes…
MC133: Kill The Castings and Continuous Improvement at Orbitform
Jan 24, 2018 • 39 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring back Phil and David from Orbitform as we conclude our interview with a detailed discussion on Orbitform’s continuous process improvements. We’ll talk about the steps that your manufacturing…
MC132: Leading Indicators in Acquisitions - Orbitform’s Growth Engine
Jan 17, 2018 • 28 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to bring you part two of our interview with David Shirkey and Phil Sponsler of Orbitform. David and Phil walk us through their process of grading potential acquisitions. We’ll also hear…
MC131: A Driven Process for Manufacturing Sales
Jan 10, 2018 • 35 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode, we welcome two very special guests from Orbitform to the MakingChips Podcast. We are pleased to welcome Phil Sponsler (President of Orbitform) and David Shirkey (Manager of…
MC130: What Technology Advancements Are In Your Future?
Dec 27, 2017 • 31 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you from our studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Illinois. On today’s episode, we continue to have a dialogue about what you can do to prepare your manufacturing business for the future. Jim and Jason…
MC129 - What Does Your Future Look Like?
Dec 19, 2017 • 42 min
Hello Metalworking Nation and Happy Holidays from Jim, Jason and Ryan at MakingChips! We are happy to be back in our DMDII studio where today we will be expanding upon some similar principles from our last episode. What does your future look…
MC128: 5 Questions That Manufacturing Leaders Need To Ask Themselves Now
Nov 23, 2017 • 35 min
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…
MC127: LinkedIn 2.0
Nov 14, 2017 • 30 min
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…
MC126: Where to Begin with Making the List
Oct 24, 2017 • 35 min
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…
MC125: Economic Expectations for Manufacturing Leaders in 2018 and Beyond
Oct 10, 2017 • 53 min
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…
MC124: Representing Manufacturing Leaders at the White House
Oct 5, 2017 • 30 min
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…
MC123: New Ideas For Hiring in the Manufacturing Industry w/ Rich Hoster
Sep 26, 2017 • 37 min
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…
MC122: How GT Automation Uses Xometry to Increase Sales
Sep 21, 2017 • 47 min
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…
MC121: The Spitfire Takes Control w/ Stacia Hobson
Sep 12, 2017 • 36 min
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…
MC120: Under Fire in a Family Business w/ Stacia Hobson
Sep 5, 2017 • 46 min
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…
MC119: Why Visionaries Need Integrators - Gaining “Traction” in Manufacturing
Aug 29, 2017 • 32 min
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…
MC118: Considerations for Marketing Planning
Aug 22, 2017 • 33 min
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)…
MC117: Visionary and Integrator Relationships - One Model For Manufacturing Leaders
Aug 15, 2017 • 48 min
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…
MC116: Shifting Into Overdrive with Nicole Wolter - Overcoming Adversity (Part 2)
Aug 7, 2017 • 17 min
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…
MC115: Shifting Gears at HM Manufacturing - When Crisis Strikes On The Shop Floor (Part 1)
Aug 1, 2017 • 39 min
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…
MC114: Identifying Your Marketing Technology Stack
Jul 25, 2017 • 37 min
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…
MC113: How Do You Judge Your Personal Success?
Jul 18, 2017 • 36 min
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,…
MC112 - 7 Ways To Lead Like An Airline Executive (Satire)
Jul 5, 2017 • 31 min
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…
MC111: Website Planning For Manufacturers
Jun 27, 2017 • 37 min
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…
MC110: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Jun 6, 2017 • 22 min
“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…
MC109: What’s Your Archetype? - Developing Your Brand Identity
May 30, 2017 • 40 min
There are 12 Master Brand Archetypes. Which one are you? Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to bring you another episode in our MakingChips #MarketingForMakers Series with Red Caffeine. On today’s episode we welcome two special guests…
MC108: Overtime - Privilege or Entitlement?
May 23, 2017 • 25 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to be coming to you from our brand new studio at the DMDII in Goose Island, Chicago. On this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason talk about overtime in the manufacturing industry. Should workers count on it…
MC107: MakingChips at DMG MORI USA Innovation Days in Chicago
May 15, 2017 • 35 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we are coming to you from DMG MORI’s Innovation Days in Hoffman Estates, IL where we are pleased to welcome some very special guests to the show. On this episode we’ll be speaking with three different manufacturing…
MC106: A Prag’madik Way To Elevate Yourself and Your Manufacturing Company w/ Andrea Olson
May 9, 2017 • 46 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled to bring in a very special guest this week; someone who we truly believe can help elevate your leadership to the next level. Today we welcome Andrea Olson, founder and CEO…
MC105: Use Interviews to Discover Your Brand and Get More Business
May 2, 2017 • 32 min
How well do you know your customers and their needs? And, how well do you meet those needs? The only way to accurately pinpoint the most important expectations of your clients and how you are performing against them is to hear it directly from them….
MC104: How a Former Machinist is Seeking to Empower the Shop Floor: Machine Monitoring with MachineMetrics
Apr 25, 2017 • 48 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we welcome Eric Fogg, Co-Founder and Partner of MachineMetrics, to the MakingChips Podcast. Eric started as a CNC machinist and identified an area in the throughput process that he believes can significantly…
MC103: Pumping Your Heart Into It w/Tom Carmazzi
Apr 18, 2017 • 21 min
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MC102 - When the Workforce Becomes a Life-force w/ Tom Carmazzi
Apr 12, 2017 • 24 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are coming to you from Burr Ridge, IL — headquarters of the Tuthill Corporation where we welcome CEO Tom Carmazzi to the MakingChips Podcast. Tuthill Corporation, established in 1892, has been manufacturing pumps,…
MC101: Using Competitive Analysis to Boost Your Content Marketing Strategy
Apr 5, 2017 • 30 min
Hello, Metalworking Nation! We are excited to team up with Julie Poulos and Red Caffeine Marketing to bring you an exclusive MakingChips Marketing episode. On today’s show, we welcome two guests from Red Caffeine; Kacey Keegan and Dan…
MC100: Navigating a Challenging Workforce: An Exclusive 100th Episode MakingChips Roundtable Discussion
Mar 23, 2017 • 70 min
Hello, Metalworking Nation! Today is an exciting day in the history of MakingChips as we release the highly anticipated Episode 100! We are coming to you live from the Technology & Manufacturing Association in Chicago, IL where we have assembled a…
MC099: The Importance of New and Routine to Elevate Your Life and Work
Mar 18, 2017 • 38 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! After a short break, we are so excited to be back in the MakingChips studio. On today’s episode we’ll discuss the importance of creating routine processes in order to take you and your business to the next…
MC098: College in the Past, Chips in their Shoes, Coolant on their Clothes and Success in their Future w/ Paul Van Metre
Feb 14, 2017 • 35 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! Today we are excited to bring you another story that we hope will equip and inspire the younger generation of manufacturing leaders. Flying all the way in from Washington State, we are joined by Paul Van…
MC097: Narrowing Down Your Core Values
Feb 7, 2017 • 36 min
“The way we run a business today is completely different than how my dad would run his business.” - Jim Carr Hello Metalworking Nation! We are excited to share our collaborative wisdom with you today about a topic that we believe is…
MC096: A Robust Conversation about Digitally Connected Solutions Made Ready for Industry 4.0 w/Jeff Rizzie
Jan 31, 2017 • 44 min
“My first clue that we need to do something different is when I hear that we’ve done it this way for 20 years.” - Jeff Rizzie Hello Metalworking Nation! We are glad to have you back for another episode of MakingChips. We have an…
MC095: Start Here First To Begin Marketing A Manufacturing Company w/Julie Poulos
Jan 25, 2017 • 44 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! On today’s episode of MakingChips, we reunite with two time guest and longtime fan of the show, Julie Poulos, Vice President of Red Caffeine Marketing. Julie, better known as Vice Princess, Mistress of Marketing and/or…
MC094: Grow or Die.
Jan 17, 2017 • 31 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We are thrilled and excited to be back on this brand new year as we get back into the swing of it. On this episode of MakingChips, we’ll equip and inspire you with the skills to bring your partnerships closer together when…
MC093: How to Stay Focused on What is Important and How to Get Things Done
Dec 13, 2016 • 34 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! We welcome you to another episode of MakingChips. On today’s episode, we share some tips that will help you stay productive and battle distractions. From resisting the temptation of checking email first thing in…
MC092: Trump, Seiri, Shitsuke and 3 Other “S” Words
Dec 6, 2016 • 40 min
Hello Metalworking Nation, we are excited to be back in our MakingChips Studio! On this episode of MakingChips, we dive into the 5S Methodology and how it’s implementation can help your business improve it’s productivity. The five key steps, just…
MC091: Why We Combine CAD and CAM w/Paul Ricard
Nov 22, 2016 • 22 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! On this episode of MakingChips, we sit down with Paul Ricard, Co-Founder, Co-Owner and President of DP Technology Corp. Paul has nearly 35 years of experience in the CAM industry in managing sales and…
MC090: IMTS - An Industry Success Story w/Doug Woods
Nov 15, 2016 • 15 min
On this episode of MakingChips, we are very pleased to welcome Doug Woods, President of AMT–the organization behind IMTS 2016. AMT (The Association For Manufacturing Technology) supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The…
MC089: A Culture of How-To with Haas Automation
Nov 10, 2016 • 22 min
Hello Metalworking Nation! Today on MakingChips, we speak with Scott Gasich, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Haas Automation. Haas Automation is an American machine tool builder that designs and…
MC088: New Generation, New Ways w/Nicole Wolter
Nov 1, 2016 • 12 min
On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome Nicole Wolter, Vice-President of H.M. Manufacturing to the show. H.M. Manufacturing is a family-owned, gear and pulley manufacturing facility in Chicago that specializes in Custom/Standard Pulleys,…
MC087: #IMTS_Orphans w/Ray Ziganto
Oct 25, 2016 • 27 min
On today’s episode of MakingChips, we welcome back our good friend Ray Ziganto, President of Bi-Link, to the show. Bi-Link is a global mechanical component supplier that specializes in Stamping, Injection Molding, Die Cut, EMI/RFI Shielding,…
MC086: How Edge Factor Inspires The Next Generation of Makers with Jeremy Bout
Oct 20, 2016 • 29 min
On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome special guest Jeremy Bout, the Producer and Host of Edge Factor to our show. Edge Factor produces inspiring, high impact media that tell the stories of innovative teams who design and build incredible…
MC085: How your Company Story Leads to Relationship Building
Oct 11, 2016 • 22 min
Welcome to another episode of MakingChips. On this episode, we welcome Julie Poulos of Red Caffeine back to our show. Julie talks with us about the importance of telling your company’s story while building relationships. We also discuss…
MC084: Software with Integrity: Leading the Way in Manufacturing CAM Software
Oct 4, 2016 • 32 min
On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome two very special guests to the show. Meghan West and Ben Mund of CNC Software Inc., the developers of Mastercam CAM software. Meghan serves as President of the company, and Ben is the Senior…
MC083: The Resurgence of the Maker Movement w/ Elena Valentine
Sep 29, 2016 • 11 min
Welcome to the first mini episode of MakingChips. In this special MakingChips mini episode, we welcome back Elena Valentine of Skill Scout to the show. Elena talks about what brought her to IMTS, what’s new at Skill Scout, the Smartforce…
MC082: MC082: What’s Your Strategy To Eliminate Time? MakingChips explains QRM. w/ Nick and Noah Goellner
Sep 22, 2016 • 36 min
Welcome to another special edition of MakingChips! On this episode, we meet with Nick Goellner and his brother Noah at the IMTS 2016 TV studio. Nick works as the Marketing Director at Henning and AME. Hennig designs and produces custom machine…
MC081: MakingChips and Making Melodies: Jason Harrelson and His Trumpet Business
Sep 13, 2016 • 25 min
This week: We are coming to you live from IMTS 2016! On this special episode of MakingChips, we welcome Jason Harrelson, founder of Harrelson Trumpets to our IMTS TV studio. Harrelson Trumpets is a leading manufacturer of world class trumpets and…
MC080: ASK MAKINGCHIPS: Promoting a Positive Culture in your Work Environment
Sep 7, 2016 • 27 min
Today on MakingChips, we answer a question from a listener and aspiring manufacturing leader named Doug. Doug asks the question: “Not being a manager yet, what can I do to promote a positive culture/work environment at work?” Jim and Jason…
MC079: Preparing for the IMTS Hangover
Aug 28, 2016 • 27 min
Today on MakingChips we give you an inside look at what you can expect to see at IMTS 2016. We tell you what you need to be prepared, where you can find us at the event, a brief rundown on what’s happening in the four different…
MC078: Do’s and Don’ts of a Machinist Resume
Aug 17, 2016 • 35 min
On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome back Karla Dobbeck to the show. Karla is a certified professional in Human Resource Management with over 20 years experience in many aspects of human resource management and employment law compliance…
MC077: 3 Questions - Your Corporate Vision on a Post It Note
Aug 10, 2016 • 31 min
Where are you going? Knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing (your mission), where you’re trying to go (your vision), and how you’re going to go about it (your values) are the glue that holds an organization together On this…
MC076: Agile Automation - The Compass Way with Bill Angsten
Aug 8, 2016 • 30 min
On this episode of MakingChips, we welcome to the show Bill Angsten, co-founder of Compass Automation. Compass Automation designs and builds custom equipment to automate manufacturing processes. Bill talks with us about how he started the company,…
MC075: 7 Different Ways to Avoid Nepotism
Jul 20, 2016 • 25 min
It is not unusual for multiple members of a family to work at the same business. However, such situations can be troublesome if the relationships give rise to suspicions of favoritism or unfair treatment. We see this a lot in family…
MC074: How Digitization Will Affect Manufacturing with Jeff Rizzie
Jul 6, 2016 • 43 min
How is digital manufacturing going to affect the modern machine shop? On this episode of MakingChips, we are joined by Jeff Rizzie, Senior Manager of Business Development at Sandvik Coromant. Jeff talks with us about the next phase…
MC073: Manufacturing Culture with Cassie Haupers
Jun 28, 2016 • 40 min
We are happy to announce that this is the first episode of MakingChips shot entirely with video. We want to thank Chuck Shroeder and IMTS for coming to our studio and making all of us look good. Video segments of this episode are soon to come. On…
MC072: Analyzing the Performance of the Manufacturing Sector with Senior Economist Bill Strauss (Part 2)
Jun 21, 2016 • 26 min
On part 2 of this episode of MakingChips, we continue our discussion with Bill Strauss, Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Topics discussed in this episode include the world economy, energy prices and their impact on…
MC071: Analyzing the Performance of the Manufacturing Sector with Senior Economist Bill Strauss (Part 1)
Jun 15, 2016 • 33 min
On part 1 of this 2 part episode, we have a conversation with Bill Strauss. Bill is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. His research papers include analysis of the…
MC070: Leadership, Action, and a British Accent - with Sean Holt
Jun 8, 2016 • 39 min
Today on MakingChips: We welcome a very special VIP guest to our show, Sean Holt - President for the Americas at Sandvik Coromant. Sean has more than twenty years of engineering, business development and management experience. He is…
MC069: ASK MAKINGCHIPS: Do You Have the Right Classification? with Marc Alberico and Steve Lorenzini
Jun 1, 2016 • 45 min
with Marc Alberico and Steve Lorenzini
MC068: Innovation, Technology, and Milling Expertise with Troy Stashi
May 26, 2016 • 41 min
Today on MakingChips: We are coming to you from the Sandvik Coromant Headquarters located in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. On this episode, we have a conversation with special guest Troy Stashi, Industry & Application Specialist…
MC067: Doing Business with Friends
May 18, 2016 • 37 min
There is an old adage that has been floating around the business world for ages; “you should never do business with friends”. If you’ve never worked together with your friend, it can be difficult to translate their skills from a social context…
MC066: A Community of Makers - The Catalyst for Catalyze with Bill Fienup
May 11, 2016 • 39 min
When it comes to starting up your own business, it isn’t always easy finding the the right space for exploring, creating, and developing your new ideas. What if you could assemble a community of like-minded people in a place where you can share…
MC065: Creating a Successful eBay Campaign for your Machine Tool
Apr 20, 2016 • 28 min
There are several options when it comes to selling one of your old machines. Some are more convenient than others, but might offer you less money than what you expected. With a little bit of added effort, you can get the most money out of your…
MC064: Inspiring the Next Generation of Makers - The Shop Rat Foundation with Kelly Burr
Apr 14, 2016 • 29 min
The Manufacturing Industry of today looks a lot different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. Modern machine shops are safe, clean working environments; equipped with high-tech machinery. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with…
MC063: Manage & Mitigate - Developing a Crisis Plan for your Manufacturing Company with Scott McPherson
Apr 5, 2016 • 46 min
There is an old saying: “Expect the best, prepare for the worst.” It’s not something we want to think about, and it can be a difficult topic to discuss. Crises don’t happen very often, but when they do occur, they tend to have…
MC062: Manufacturing a Community - Accelerating Success with a Mastermind Group
Mar 29, 2016 • 27 min
Throughout history, successful individuals such as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison all met with groups of like-minded people on a regular basis, to help one another achieve common goals and grow. Today, this concept is called a…
MC061: Riches in the Niches
Mar 17, 2016 • 32 min
We come to you from two separate locations (Dallas & Chicago) on this remote episode of MakingChips. Today we talk about establishing and exploring your manufacturing company’s niche. Jim and Jason share their idea of what niche means…
MC060: An Industry of Makers - 2016 Crain’s Manufacturers Summit with Special Guests
Mar 8, 2016 • 26 min
On this special episode of MakingChips, we recap the 2016 Crain’s Manufacturers Summit with interviews from several VIP guests. First, we speak with John Sapiente of Elgin Die Mold and Trident Manufacturing about the challenges of…
MC059: Women in Manufacturing - Stamping Out a New Vision with Erica Wiegel
Feb 24, 2016 • 29 min
Women are the future of manufacturing industry leaders and essential to the success of the industry. However, many women in manufacturing have experienced a gender bias which has excluded them from core managerial roles such as production…
MC058: “Life is Great!” - Developing Your Core Values
Feb 17, 2016 • 37 min
A few months ago, we met with to talk about his company’s Core Values. In that episode, we covered the importance of figuring out who you are as a company and what you stand for. More than anything, being…
MC057: Creating a Future Workforce - How a Council of Manufacturing Leaders Takes a High School Metals Program to the Next Level - with Rob Stuebing
Feb 10, 2016 • 25 min
Last week, we talked with Frank Holthouse about East Leyden High School’s Metals Program, and how they are providing an environment for students to learn modern manufacturing practices. This week, we continue that discussion. What can we do to…
MC056: From World War II to Today: The Metals Program at Leyden High School
Feb 3, 2016 • 30 min
with Frank Holthouse
MC055: Hands-On Skill Demonstrations: Beyond the Resume with Elena Valentine
Jan 27, 2016 • 27 min
An important part of what makes a manufacturing leader successful is their ability to think outside of the box. This line of thinking should also extend to the hiring process. Successful companies are good at bringing the right people into…
MC054 - Human-Centric Hiring with Elena Valentine
Jan 20, 2016 • 29 min
Finding the right person for your company is crucial for building a thriving business. When recruiting for open positions, employers look for candidates with the skills, experience, and demeanor they believe will benefit their company. That said, it…
MC053: Effective Delegation for Manufacturing Leaders
Jan 14, 2016 • 23 min
For many manufacturing leaders, the idea of delegating tasks can cause a feeling of uneasiness. Maybe you think you’ve got everything under control, or that things always have to be done your way. In reality, doing everything yourself is simply…
MC052 - Goal Setting for Manufacturing Leaders
Jan 8, 2016 • 30 min
It’s the beginning of a new year, which for many is a time to start following through with resolutions and goals. Unfortunately, many people come to find that many of those resolutions don’t always pan out the way we would like them to. If…
MC051 - Additive Manufacturing
Dec 23, 2015 • 31 min
with Peter Zelinski
MC050 - A Year in Review
Dec 16, 2015 • 27 min
This is MakingChips Episode 50! In this episode of MakingChips, Jim and Jason recap some of their favorite episodes and interviews from the last year. This episode highlights the story behind MakingChips, as Jim and Jason share their experiences from…
MC049 - Characteristics of a Manufacturing Leader
Dec 9, 2015 • 34 min
with Peter Zielinski
MC048 - Growing a Machining Business While Living 1,400 Miles Away
Dec 2, 2015 • 41 min
with Eric & Heidi Schmid
MC047 - The Ecosystem of a Manufacturing Leader
Nov 25, 2015 • 33 min
with Craig Zoberis
MC046 - What Makes Fusion OEM Unique
Nov 18, 2015 • 33 min
with Craig Zoberis
MC045 - Millennials in Manufacturing
Nov 11, 2015 • 26 min
In this episode of MakingChips, hosts Jim and Jason talk about millennials, the future of manufacturing, and 7 millennial traits that baby boomers need to learn. The Millennial Generation is made up of people born around the early 1980s to the early…
MC044 - Task Management For Manufacturing Leaders
Nov 4, 2015 • 44 min
Episode 44 of MakingChips is inspired by Matthew Feight of Miller Welding. He writes: I should start by saying that I am a Plant Manager for contract manufacturer in central Pennsylvania. We have approximately 400 employees within our 3…
MC043 - How to implement ERP (Enterprise Resource Management) in your manufacturing shop wisely
Oct 14, 2015 • 24 min
with Jon Berard from MakerCast Podcast
The benefit of associations and chambers for your manufacturing company
Oct 7, 2015 • 20 min
Should you join, or shouldn’t you?
MC041: Why you should advertise your machine shop on Facebook
Sep 30, 2015 • 21 min
Word of mouth advertising still works. It’s wonderful when a satisfied customer tells someone else about their experience with your company. But there are more options today than just relying on word of mouth. Technology and social media have…
MC040: Demystifying the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)
Sep 23, 2015 • 24 min
The world has changed since the days of your grandfather’s old, dusty, dingy manufacturing shop. Technology and a global economy are forcing these changes and the American manufacturing industry is changing along with it. Small manufacturers now…
MC039: A Young Woman with Manufacturing Dreams: A conversation with Michelle Mabry
Sep 16, 2015 • 25 min
MC039: A Young Woman with Manufacturing Dreams: A conversation with Michelle Mabry Traditionally the manufacturing industry has been dominated by the presence of men. That’s not a bad thing. But it’s not necessarily a good thing…
MC038: Growing your Manufacturing Business Through Acquisitions with Tom Hilaris
Sep 9, 2015 • 30 min
3 considerations to make the acquisition process smoother
MC037: Innovation in the Manufacturing Industry - Part 2, with Sarah Calidcott
Sep 2, 2015 • 35 min
You can find part 1 of this incredible conversation at
MC036: Innovation in the Manufacturing Industry, with Sarah Calidcott
Aug 26, 2015 • 21 min
Thomas Edison was an undeniable genius. His processes and inventions still influence the way we live our lives today. Today’s conversation is one that will turn the lights on (no pun intended) for you and your manufacturing team if…
MC035: Rebuilding Manufacturing One Veteran At a Time - Workshops for Warriors - part 2 [PODCAST]
Aug 19, 2015 • 19 min
Avoiding the cannibalization of the manufacturing industry
MC034: Rebuilding Manufacturing One Veteran At a Time - Workshops for Warriors - part 1 [PODCAST]
Aug 12, 2015 • 29 min
There is a problem in the United States among Veterans of the U.S. Military After sacrificing a great deal to protect their homeland, U.S. Veterans often struggle to find their place in civilian society. It’s especially difficult for…
MC033: Business Management Tools for Manufacturing Leaders [PODCAST]
Jul 29, 2015 • 22 min
The nature of things in the manufacturing industry has changed. Gone are the days when a physical filing system will adequately contain all the documents and resources you need to help your company thrive. The technology era is here and the…
MC032: How to Maximize your Employee Annual Reviews, with Karla Dobbeck [PODCAST]
Jul 22, 2015 • 30 min
Why are employee annual reviews a bad idea?
MC031: Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back to the U.S. - the Reshoring Initiative with Harry Moser [PODCAST]
Jul 15, 2015 • 31 min
Is it more cost effective to bring jobs home?
MC030: How to get rid of that “Bad Apple” in the shop - Human Resources management with Karla Dobbeck [PODCAST]
Jul 8, 2015 • 34 min
You want to avoid the “games” that can keep a bad apple in your company - Karla Dobbeck
MC029: Job costing: What are the recommended ways to cost out a job? [PODCAST]
Jul 6, 2015 • 35 min
Costing out jobs is vital to the health and profitability of your business. Do you know how to do it well and wisely?
MC028: Manufacturing Industry advice through the eyes of a newbie, with Patricia Miller [PODCAST]
Jun 17, 2015 • 30 min
You’ve got to create a positive experience for your customers
MC027: Marketing tactics you should STOP right now! [PODCAST]
Jun 10, 2015 • 27 min
How you’ve marketed in the past simply doesn’t work today.
MC026: Moving an old-school manufacturing business into the modern age with Patricia Miller of Matrix IV [PODCAST]
Jun 4, 2015 • 32 min
They still said, “You’re crazy… but there were positive things.”
MC025: Why you should hire your next manufacturing leader from high school [PODCAST]
May 27, 2015 • 28 min
It’s a manufacturing renaissance Where do you typically find the best employees for your manufacturing company? How do you go about finding them? As you’ll hear from Jim and Jason’s stories in this podcast episode, everyone…
MC024: 6 reasons why every manufacturing leader should be on LinkedIn [Podcast]
May 20, 2015 • 23 min
If you are a manufacturing leader and you are not on LinkedIn, you don’t exist. - Jim Carr
MC023: SFPM - Surface Feet Per Minute - a fundamental skill for every machinist [Podcast]
May 13, 2015 • 22 min
If you don’t know how to calculate SFPM, you’re losing money! Every now and then we like to go to square one to discuss some fundamental issues surrounding the work done in the average machine shop. This episode is one of those…
MC022: Taking your corporate snapshot
May 6, 2015 • 25 min
MC022: Taking your corporate snapshot [Podcast]
MC021: 3D Printing in the modern machine shop - with Jon Baklund
May 1, 2015 • 25 min
MC021: 3D Printing in the modern machine shop - with Jon Baklund [Podcast]
MC020: Vending Systems - the how, what, and why for your machine shop [Podcast]
Apr 27, 2015 • 30 min
Can your shop afford a vending system?
MC019: Marketing Lesson #1 - Brand Strategy for your Manufacturing Company
Apr 20, 2015 • 33 min
MC019 Marketing Lesson #1 - Brand Strategy for your Manufacturing Company with Julie Poulos [Podcast]
MC018: The Third Place for Engineers with Ray Zaganto
Apr 13, 2015 • 28 min
MC018 The Third Place for Engineers with Ray Zaganto [Podcast]
MC017: Industrial Real Estate Strategies with Michael Magliano
Apr 6, 2015 • 37 min
MC017 Industrial Real Estate Strategies with Michael Magliano [Podcast]
MC016: Take-Aways from the Crain’s Manufacturing Summit with Ray Ziganto
Mar 30, 2015 • 25 min
MC016 Take-Aways from the Crain’s Manufacturing Summit with Ray Ziganto [Podcast]
MC015: Tips to Save Time and Money with CAM Software with Matt Sump
Mar 23, 2015 • 29 min
MC015 Tips to Save Time and Money with CAM Software with Matt Sump [Podcast]
MC014: Taking Advantage of Federal and State Grant Money
Mar 16, 2015 • 20 min
MC014 Taking Advantage of Federal and State Grant Money [Podcast]
MC013: From the Shop Floor to the Corner Office with Fernando Ortiz
Mar 9, 2015 • 38 min
Roberts Swiss, a 60 year old manufacturer of Precision Swiss Machined Parts. Fernando gives actionable advise to others who are not born into privilege and do not have a lot of resources, but desire to seek advancement starting from the ground floor….
MC012: Successful Family Business Succession with Aaron Wiegel
Mar 2, 2015 • 29 min
When should the owners of a business start succession planning? NOW! In our Manufacturing News segment, we discuss an article stating that slow manufacturing growth doesn’t matter to the economy.
MC011: Introduction to Robotics in Machining with Brian Panek
Feb 23, 2015 • 31 min
Should you implement Robotics into your company? In this episode we interview Brian Panek from Panek Precision about robotics. We discuss the basics of robotics, how it has changed his manufacturing and the culture of his company.…
MC010: The Power of Networking
Feb 16, 2015 • 27 min
Who is in your network? In this episode we discuss the power of networking and how to properly cultivate relationships in your industry. Join MakingChips at the 3rd Annual Crain’s Midwest Manufacturers Summit. Crain’s Manufacturing Summit 1….
MC009: Credit, Payment Terms, Collections & Borrowing
Feb 9, 2015 • 27 min
What is the Right Method for Getting Paid for your Work?
MC008: Grow or Die?!?!
Feb 2, 2015 • 22 min
Do you have to grow in order to maintain a healthy company?
MC0007: It’s Not Your Dad’s Machine Shop
Jan 26, 2015 • 20 min
How The Machining Industry Has Evolved
MC006: ISO International Standards
Jan 19, 2015 • 19 min
An Introduction to ISO Standards
MC005: Presidency by Death in the Family with Stacey Bales
Jan 12, 2015 • 20 min
How are we going to liquidate?
MC004: 11 Points To Consider DURING The Dreaded Recession
Dec 17, 2014 • 21 min
We are in a recession…now what?
MC003: 7 Points To Consider BEFORE The Dreaded Recession
Dec 17, 2014 • 19 min
What should you do to prepare for a recession?
MC002: IMTS Hangover
Dec 17, 2014 • 25 min
Is IMTS and similar conventions still relevant?
MC001: Social Media in Manufacturing
Dec 17, 2014 • 25 min
Should you be on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter?