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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.

Swarfcast Ep. 120 - Constantly Quoting Work with Wes Szpondowski

May 18, 2021 - 10:18am -- Nijazi Kuksi
Episode 120

On today’s podcast we continue our season about how machining companies acquire new work. Our guest is Wes Szpondowski, plant manager of Wyandotte Industries, a multi-spindle job shop near Detroit that predominantly runs good old ACME-GRIDLEY screw machines. We interviewed him  last week when he came to Graff-Pinkert to inspect an ACME 1-5/8” RB-8.

Swarfcast Ep. 119 - Minimizing Your Customers’ Pain with Federico Veneziano

April 29, 2021 - 10:35am -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 119

Today’s show is the first episode of a multi-part series about how machining companies acquire new work. 

Our guest is Federico Veneziano, CFO and COO of American Micro Products Inc., a precision machining company in Batavia, Ohio. Federico says one his key strategies for getting new customers is proving to them his company will minimize the problems that are bound to occur in most manufacturing jobs.

Swarfcast Ep. 116 - Mental Health in the Machining Business with Jackie, owner of PXR

March 27, 2021 - 1:13am -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 116

Today’s podcast is the first episode of a new season about mental health. Our guest on the show is Jackie, owner of PXR Machining. Jackie spent the majority of her life trying to mask a significant part of herself from others and deny her own feelings about who she always knew she was. Through therapy she finally gained the courage to transition from a man to woman in her late 40s.

Swarfcast Ep. 114 - Live Tooling and Accessories for CNC Swiss with Jim Gosselin

March 8, 2021 - 12:21pm -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 114

Our guest on the podcast today is Jim Gosselin, owner and President of Genevieve Swiss Industries. Genevieve Swiss sells innovative accessories specifically for Swiss CNC lathes, such as live tooling and cutting tools, to combat the problems small parts manufacturers constantly deal with.

Swarfcast Ep. 113 - A MultiSwiss Screw Machine to Maximize Production, with John Belmonte

March 1, 2021 - 10:53am -- Nijazi Kuksi
episode 113

On today’s podcast we continue our series about Swiss machining. Our guest is John Belmonte, owner and President of Mitotec, a precision turning company in Necedah, Wisconsin.

Recently Mitotec purchased a Tornos MultiSwiss 8X26 multi-spindle screw machine. The unique design of the MultiSwiss enables such quick changeovers the machine is running many of the same jobs the company has on its single spindle Swiss machines, but in a fraction of the cycle time.

Best of Swarfcast Ep. 31 – Ken Mandile, Employees Are Buying His Business

February 22, 2021 - 10:58am -- Nijazi Kuksi
best of swarfcast

We’re currently working on fresh new episodes of Swarfcast. In the meantime, we felt this “Best of” was fitting for the recent season on CNC Swiss machining. 

In March of 2019, we interviewed Ken Mandile, founder of Swissturn, a successful CNC Swiss machine shop in Oxford, Massachusetts. Ken’s children are not interested in taking over Swissturn when he eventually retires, so five years ago Ken began restructuring his company into an employee stock ownership plan or ESOP, in which he will gradually transfer ownership and management to his employees.

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