Escaping Your Comfort Zone with Lean Manufacturing, Matthew Rassi-EP 216

May 6, 2024 - 1:01pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Matthew Rassi, Lean Manufacturing Consultant and founder of Twenty Helping Hands.

Working in the machining industry I hear the term “lean manufacturing” mentioned a lot. But what does the word “lean” really mean in this context? And how do you implement it in your company? 

To help me clarify these questions, I interviewed Matthew Rassi, founder of Twenty Helping Hands. He’s a lean manufacturing consultant who has been working in the manufacturing industry for over two decades.

Ghosted by a Customer, What Do You Do?—EP 215

April 19, 2024 - 12:47pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Noah Graff waiting for Ghosting Customer to Text Back

I’m dealing with a customer right now who seems interested in some CNC machines Graff-Pinkert has for sale. They told me they needed this type of machine ASAP! And these machines are RARE!

They even said they had a big job for the machines already and they are on the “verge of pulling the trigger any day now.”

But then they stopped returning my phone calls. They’re ghosting me, and my crock brain is getting the best of me.

Leaving your Father’s Manufacturing Company and then Founding Your Own, with Howard Sheldon-EP 214

April 4, 2024 - 12:09pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
Howard Sheldon, Owner of Sheldon Precision Engineering

Our guest on today’s show, Howard Sheldon, grew up working in his family’s third generation precision turning company. He planned to eventually take over the business from his father, but unfortunately succession didn’t happen the way he had hoped.

Howard left his family company in his mid-30s, and 10 years ago started his own Swiss turning company, Sheldon Precision Engineering Ltd. 

Howard turned out to be a natural entrepreneur, and he has built a thriving business that gives him the lifestyle he wants.

The Benefits of a Manufacturing Business Sharing Financials with its Employees, with Reid Leland-EP 132

March 27, 2024 - 12:25pm -- Selcuk Gulboy
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.

Supplying Medical Parts Directly to Hospitals, with Thadd Mellott-EP 212

March 22, 2024 - 1:10pm -- Selcuk Gulboy

My guest on today’s show, Thadd Mellott, called us at Graff-Pinkert because he needed a Star SB20 CNC Swiss machine. His company, Circle M Spring, in Warsaw, Indiana, produces medical parts, including implantable orthopedic components. Circle M Spring is currently merging with a medical component design company that specializes in sports medicine. Thadd is incredibly excited about the merger because he now will have the rare ability to supply medical components directly to hospitals—a privilege that most machining companies can only dream about.


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