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August 27, 2014

Jeff Christensen and Seegrid’s latest product launch: The Seegrid Supervisor


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Seegrid Supervisor

WHO: Jeff Christensen
WHAT: Director of Product Development
WHERE: Seegrid

On the show today, we discuss Seegrid’s newest product offering, Seegrid Supervisor, which complements their vehicles, taking their philosophy of simplicity and flexibility to fleet management. Seegrid Supervisor is an enterprise application, installed in your facility with a small network appliance. Using a web browser, you can access a wealth of information about your Seegrid fleet in real time, as well as create straightforward business rules that put the power of automation in the palm of your hand.

We discuss the three main components of Seegrid’s Supervisor:

1. Fleet Status
2. Intersection Manager
3. Switchboard (the possibilities here are amazing!)

“What does real-time monitoring really mean to you?”

We dive deep into what Supervisor is REALLY designed to do:

1. Optimize material flow
2. Improve throughput
3. Improve efficiency

Learn more:

1. The product page
2. Jeff’s post about the new product.
3. Video (below):


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August 22, 2014

Talent Management Roundtable


DeborahPearce2This special edition of Manufacturing Revival Radio focuses on what well could be the issue most critical to competitive advantage, Talent Management.  Three individuals with extensive expertise join us to take a deep dive into this vital subject.

First is Deborah Pearce, a communications consultant with Pearce Communications Group, a firm dedicated to creating successful organizations with effective communications strategies.

SueBingham2Next, Sue Bingham, Founder & Principal of  HPWP Consulting, focused on creating organizational improvement through close collaboration with their clients.

RayAttiyahAnd finally, Ray Attiyah Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Definity Partners,  an organization that exists to help people achieve more than they ever thought possible.  Ray is also the author of the best-selling Run Improve Grow: Your Roadmap from Firefighting to Bold Business Growth.

Listen in as we pragmatically explore how to create and nurture high performing teams.


  • Becoming a “Talent Magnet” and building Your GROW Team
  • Building a talent fleet that drives your organization’s peak performance
  • The importance of developing front-line leaders
  • The essential skill of coaching supervisors?
  • The importance of managing the inevitable conflicts and disagreements
  • Merely fundamental expectations for front line leaders?  Or an expectation of inspiration to create a high performing team?
  • The importance of optimism, high energy, curiosity and a desire to continuously improve
  • The concept and power of “Interrupt The Ascent”


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August 19, 2014

Josh Green: Streamlining the supply chain

Josh GreenWHO: Josh Green
WHAT: CEO and Co-Founder
WHERE: Panjiva

Today’s discussion topics:

An overview of Panjiva and how it helps manufacturers streamline their supply chains.

A couple of thought leadership topics Josh would like to discuss, including the Made in America movement: is it now or never?

How has the supply chain evolved over the last decade? Last five years?

What are the key challenges today’s manufacturers face?

How can manufacturers use technology to streamline their supply chains?

About Josh Green:

Josh Green // Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer // Josh began his career at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he provided strategic advice to Fortune 500 clients. Later at iFormation Group, a joint venture of BCG and Goldman Sachs, Josh launched new, technology-enabled businesses. More recently, Josh learned first-hand about the challenges of doing business across borders while at E Ink, a high technology company with a global supply chain. Josh is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Business School where he received Baker Scholar honors. Recently, Josh was a featured speaker at the Web 2.0 Summit and at DataContent ’09. Josh has been quoted in articles about global trade appearing in Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.


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August 7, 2014

Factory Girls: Bringing high-end fashion to the Southeast

Factory GirlsWHO: Rosa Thurnher and Regina Weir
WHAT: Owners
WHERE: The Factory Girls

Today’s discussion guide:

-We offer designer workspace and manufacturing resources for high end Fashion Designers and we are the first Atlanta Fashion Incubator
-Creating a Fashion community and growing a manufacturing economy within Atlanta and the Southeast is a mission of Factory Girls.
-We have recently launched our sewing classes to educate and engage our community
-We are running our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for additional machines, pattern digitizing software, as well as some capital to hire additional staff.
-We stand behind the movement of Slow Fashion and our goal is to make it possible for Southeastern designers to remain in the Southeast when previously they have had to work out of New York, LA or overseas to grow and sustain their business

The Factory GirlsRosa Thurnher, co-founder of Factory Girls, is an Atlanta native who studied Fine Art at the University of Georgia. After college she worked for 10 years in retail sales and area management, fashion merchandising and visuals for J. Crew and Armani Exchange. Her innate entrepreneurial spirit led her to a freelance fashion styling career and brand consulting. She is a lifelong collector of vintage fashion and owner of Recollection Vintage, a line that conveys current trends through vintage pieces. In 2009, Rosa started pop-up marketplace Bodega to promote Atlanta-based brands and designers. A long-time advocate for local talent, she co-founded Factory Girls with partner Regina Weir in 2013 to provide designers with the necessary resources needed for a successful career in fashion.

Regina Weir, co-founder of Factory Girls, was born in the south and raised in Atlanta, GA. She moved to New York at 17 to attend New York University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning. After graduation, Weir worked as a modeling agent and talent scout for a successful, New York agency. There she managed models such as Nikki Taylor, Leticia Casta, Audrey Quock, and Martha Hunt for seven years while simultaneously styling editorial stories for magazines such as Esquire and Zink. Weir returned to Atlanta in 2008 and currently runs two successful businesses, one of which is a manufacturing factory making industrial uniforms. She co-founded Factory girls with partner Rosa Thurnher in 2013 to support local emerging design talent in Atlanta and the South-East.

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July 30, 2014

Charlie Szoradi and LED Lighting: Transforming the energy revolution

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Charlie SzoradiCharlie Szoradi is the Chairman and CEO of Independence LED Lighting, an award-winning U.S. manufacturer of LED tubes and fixtures. Independence LED’s products meet the “”Buy America”” standards, and are produced at the company’s plant in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Independence LED was awarded the 2013 “”Best Lighting Retrofit”” from the U.S. Green Building Council.

A leading expert on energy-efficient buildings and commercial illumination, Mr. Szoradi is also the founder of Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Szoradi is a member of the Green Economy Task Force, a Certified Building Performance Institute Energy Auditor, and a sought-after speaker on sustainable design.

Today’s discussion guide:

Why Independence LED moved manufacturing back to the US (from China).

Why American made LED lights are superior.

Total Cost of Ownership – e.g. Lifetime operating expense analysis vs just the cost of equipment and de-lamping options to use one high output tube to replace two fluorescent tubes.

Smart Controls – e.g. Dimming Technology, Light Harvesting, and Utility Demand Response.

Where to put the lights to maximize return – ROI for 24/7 areas like exit stairs, warehouses, etc.

When to Retrofit – Paths such as “”Rolling Retrofit”” and “”Tenant Fit-Out”” to address the needs of customers.”


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July 25, 2014

Chet Namboodri and Cisco: The internet of things and the future of manufacturing

Chet NamboodriWHO: Chet Namboodri
WHAT: Global Industry Director – Manufacturing
WHERE: Cisco

Chet Namboodri brings almost twenty-three years of leadership and expertise to his role as Cisco’s Managing Director – Global Manufacturing Industry, where he is responsible to lead the global vertical go-to-market strategies, industry market insights and business relevance thought leadership, and to accelerate business solution adoption within Cisco’s top global manufacturing customers. Chet’s role includes the orchestration and enablement of scalable solutions that serve to transform manufacturing customers’ businesses with valuable new models for growth, innovation, agility, and operations excellence.

Today’s discussion topics include:

CiscoWhat exactly is the Internet of Things?

What types of devices should manufacturers be looking to bring online in the future?

What is the business value for additional connectivity in the industry?

Chet shares the experience of a large and well-known organization, and how both the pilot and the full deployment are being executive.

What are the financial impacts? [Wait 'til you there this...]

Should manufacturers be worried about the security concerns of connected factories or BYOD policies?

What is “fog computing?” How does it differ from the cloud? And again, why does this matter to manufacturing?


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July 19, 2014

Tom Croteau: Creating GA jobs & attracting investments

tomcroteauTom Croteau, Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce, Georgia Department of Economic Development.  Tom leads Georgia’s Global Commerce team to increase jobs and investment through locating and expanding businesses, as well as growing small businesses.


  • The importance of  helping the 60 person company grow into a 100 person company
  • The value of cooperation among local, state and regional departments of economic development
  • Specific programs to recruit new business to Georgia
  • Talent!  Why it’s the key to everything
  • SEUS-Japan – promoting trade, investment, understanding and friendship between Japan and the southeastern United States


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July 1, 2014

Richard Kopelman: Leading the next generation of Georgia’s manufacturers

Richard KopelmanA joy to welcome Richard Kopelman back to the show, he’s the CEO and Managing Partner of Habif, Arogeti, and Wynne, as well as the Founder and Chairman of Next Generation Manufacturing.

Prior to his role as CEO and Managing Partner, Richard was the partner-in-charge of the Firm’s manufacturing & distribution group, having grown that group’s revenue by 800 percent since 2001. He is regularly called on by the national and local business, trade and industry press for expert commentary and insights. He is quoted frequently in publications like IndustryWeek, Manufacturing & Technology, Food Manufacturing, Plastics News, Accounting Today and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He also has been interviewed by Fox News, WSB-TV, WSB-Radio, and National Public Radio (NPR) on important business issues.

Discussion topics on today’s show:

1. How does your firm service the manufacturing sector?
2. “There are over 10,000 manufacturers in Georgia alone…”
3. The importance of retaining critical capital in terms of reinvestment and research and development.
4. 80% of the manufacturers in Georgia are not taking advantage of the tax credits available to them…
5. Manufacturers don’t just make stuff. There is a business to run as well…
6. What is the mission and purpose of Next Generation Manufacturing?
7. Sharing best practices, and exposing them to what available….and what’s possible!
8. NGM’s plant tours…
9. NGM’s CEO Council…
10. What are the key trends that ALL manufacturers ought to be focusing on?
11. [Hint:] Keep an eye on Georgia’s ports; movement of companies coming into Georgia, and how that impacts the workforce; lack of skilled labor, and how we deal with that problem…
12. Tell us about the big September 2014 NextGen Manufacturing event, and run us through the program speakers!


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June 17, 2014

Gwen Wagner: Impacts of eliminating acid disposal



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Gwen WagnerGwen Wagner, President of Wagner Environmental Technologies, STUNS Bill & Mike with two revolutionary developments! Todd Schnick, the silent engineer of the episode, can’t help but turn on his mic to join the conversation.

*A Scientist, inspired as a child by the Petrified Forest, applies the science of Petrification to modern wood-treatment. What does he develop? (HINT: a product that has protected a block of MDF that’s been submerged in water . . . FOR 14 YEARS!)

*Companies that use acids in the preparation and treatment of metals are:
-continually replacing spent acid
-incurring a high expense for handling and disposal
-under extreme scrutiny from the EPA

Gwen explains a product that keeps acids renewable—thereby drastically cutting cost, sparing adverse environmental impact, and keeping production at peak speed.

If it sounds too good to be true, listen in to hear what the EPA thinks.

Learn more about Gwen’s work at


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May 31, 2014

Jim Lawton: The massive potential of collaborative robotics

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Jim Lawton

For some manufacturing industry junkies – like me – collaborative robotics is a topic that just flat out grabs you by the brain.  This conversation with Jim Lawton, Chief Marketing Officer for Rethink Robotics is an awesome example of why.

Rethink Robotics, Inc. pioneered the field of human-safe collaborative robots.  The company’s Baxter robots are changing the way humans and robots interact in manufacturing and research environments.

Show Notes & Highlights

  • Yes, hardware is fundamentally important, but software is the secret sauce
  • Intelligently Deployed Robotics = Competitive Advantage = Growth = Job Creation
  • Why some real ROI-producing power will come from “Design for Collaborative Robotics”
  • Payback in 18 months is common and payback in well less than a year is not at all unusual
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