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Upping Our Machinery Business Game, with Noah and Lloyd Graff

October 6, 2021 - 4:30am -- Flora M. Tan
Upping Our Machinery Business Game, with Noah and Lloyd Graff

Today’s podcast is the second half of our conversation about Graff-Pinkert’s business in 2021. I particularly liked this part of the conversation because we dug deeper into our approaches to selling machinery, talking to people, and one of our favorite subjects—how to find serendipity.

 

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Rebound of 2021

October 3, 2021 - 8:03am -- Flora M. Tan

For today’s podcast, I decided it was a good time for us to reflect on our used machinery business so far in 2021. It’s been an interesting and profitable nine months for Graff-Pinkert, so we had plenty to talk about—enough to stretch it into a double episode. Also, I was having trouble finding a new guest I wanted to interview. 

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Tell Me A Story

September 24, 2021 - 6:25am -- Flora M. Tan
 Tell Me A Story by Lloyd Graff

Every day I hear the cliched laments about the lack of people available to set up machines and run them to make parts customers want to purchase, except when I don’t.

I was talking to a successful entrepreneur yesterday who bangs out nuts and bolts by the millions. He said that he has no problem hiring great people to keep his massive cold headers banging away. 

Sharing What’s Working and What Isn’t, with Reid Leland

September 14, 2021 - 11:33pm -- Flora M. Tan
Reid Leland founder and President of LeanWerks

Our guest on the podcast today is Reid Leland, founder and President of LeanWerks, a precision machining job shop in Ogden, Utah. Lean Works operates using open-book management, which means the company shares its financial information with all its employees on a regular basis.

Reid says this transparent management style makes its employees aware of how their performance impacts the company’s success. They feel accountable to not only work hard but more intelligently, in a way that benefits the company the most.

Building a Great Apprenticeship Program, with Bill Cox (Podcast)

August 16, 2021 - 3:19pm -- Noah Graff
Bill Cox in Today's Machining World

Unlike the majority of machining companies right now, struggling to find enough skilled people to fulfill demand, Cox Manufacturing in San Antonio, Texas, boasts a continuous pipeline of new talent. In fact, Bill Cox, the company’s owner, says right now the company has a stack of applications for shop apprenticeships, of which he will pick an average of one for every 50 candidates.

Swarfcast Ep. 124 - Valuing Employees, with Scott Eighmy

June 30, 2021 - 1:56pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 124

Today’s show is the first episode in our new season about hiring and retaining good employees in machining companies.

Our guest is Scott Eighmy, co-owner and CEO of American Turned Products, a medium-sized precision machining company in Erie, Pennsylvania. Scott says his company is struggling like many manufacturing businesses right now to hire new good employees, so he needs to get the most out of the people he already has. He says small acts of recognition and making employees feel heard is key to maintaining a happy and productive workforce.

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