Airtech and Pura Naturals: How Manufacturing can Benefit Mankind

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Thanks for tuning in to Manufacturing Revival Radio! On today’s episode we are speaking with Jim Kordenbrock,CEO of Pura Naturals,  and jim kordenbrockBob Doherty, CEO of Airtech.

bob dohertyPura Body Naturals is the product of many years of searching for better natural products that are beneficial for both hair and skin. In an age when most companies are using shea butter and nut based products, there are few options for consumers who desire something different. Their  products are fruit based products that have magnificent benefits for the whole body from head to toe.
Show Notes and Highlights:
  • Made in the USA, but selling globally: How to achieve this.
  • Manufacturing expansion into economically depressed areas, and why this matters.
  • Can manufacturing products actually clean the environment?
  • The diverse applications of innovation and product development.

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Blake Sanchez: Engineering On Any Scale for Any Project

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Welcome back to Manufacturing Revival Radio. Today we are getting down and dirty with a gentleman who eats, breathes, and even dreamsblake sanchez as an engineer. Today we welcome our special guest Mr. Blake Sanchez, President & CEO of Pyrodynamics. Blake takes a moment to break down the intricacies involved in contract manufacturing, and explains the complexity of product development.

Pyrodynamics is an engineering and fabrication firm aimed at bringing high level engineering capabilities to any size customer. We are your one stop shop to take your ideas from a great thought to a well engineered and built solution.

Show notes and highlights:

  • Reshoring is not as straightforward as you might think!
  • What to do to ensure scalability
  • The value of an engineer that has some knowledge about the skilled trades
  • Learn more about Pyrodynamics

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Tom Peters of Symbol: The Skills Gap Problem Remains an Epidemic

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Glad to welcome Thomas Peters back to the show!  Thomas Peters serves as the Director of Symbol Training Institute, a post secondary career and technical hands-on training facility in the Chicagoland area. Mr. Peters leads Symbol’s initiative to combat the skilled labor shortage by providing superior hands-on training and job placement. His passion for workforce development is evident from his proven track record with manufacturing companies who hire Symbol graduates. Tom’s endless persistence has helped place hundreds of students into high paying, high demand jobs despite it being during the worst economic recession in years. In 2013, through Tom’s efforts, Symbol was designated a Manufacturing Sector Center for all of Cook County by the Chicago Cook Partnership.

 

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S SHOW:

  • Tom gives us a State of the Union in the training industry.
  • We last spoke to Tom in November of 2012, and we asked if the skills gap is still a major problem.
  • The workforce is greying – what impact is that having on the workforce as a whole?
  • Is the manufacturing industry becoming more mainstream?

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National Robotics League: Impacting Manufacturing, National defense, and the Future of the U.S. Economy

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On today’s show we speak with two individuals who have their hands all over one our favorite topics. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Steven Tamasi and Maureen Carruthers and gaining an inside view of the National Robotics League (NRL).

TamasiSteven Tamasi is CEO of Boston Centerless, located in Woburn, MA. He is a second generation entrepreneur with a passion for business who understands the power of operational excellence. Managing a culture shift to lean manufacturing has resulted in a World Class Manufacturing operation and led to winning the 2006 Northeast Shingo Prize Silver Medal.

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Maureen Carruthers brings over 10 years nonprofit experience to her role as Program Director of the National Robotics League (NRL), a program of the National Tooling and MachiningAssociation(NTMA). As a relative newcomer to the manufacturing industry, Maureen’s “outsider” perspective helps her shape the messaging and programing of the NRL to attract students and parents who might not otherwise consider manufacturing a viable career option.

 

Key discussion topics from today’s show:

  • What is the National Robotics League, and why is it necessary?
  • How is the NRL organized?
  • Why is the work of the NRL important to the future of manufacturing, and the economy, and America’s defense?
  • Why the focus on STEM matters.
  • How can schools and local manufacturers get involved?

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ChampionNOW: Building Manufacturing’s Future

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Iverson Welcome back to Manufacturing Revival Radio! We are very excited to get 2014 rolling and are proud to kick it off with a fantastic organization that is working diligently to champion American Manufacturing. Joining for today’s episode is Terry Iverson, Founder of ChampionNOW.

ChampionNOW is part of a grassroots effort to raise funds for the Edge Factor production “Metal & Flesh“. Edge Factor has previously released a pilot episode and two films that have served to inspired the next generation toward manufacturing careers.

      SHOW NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Learn what “Champion” as an acronym stands for.
  • Discover the content and educational events developed by ChampionNOW.
  • We discuss whether STEM education is being overplayed, and we proudly voice our opinions that it is essential to growing manufacturing.
  • What can Manufacturers be doing to drive interest in Manufacturing from America’s youth?
  • Don’t miss EdgeFactor‘s great videos on cutting edge manufacturing!

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Kevin Holleran: Operational Excellence in Manufacturing

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For today’s episode we had the pleasure of being joined again by Kevin Holleran, President of E-Z-GO.IMG_1547

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E-Z-GO is well known for its business and operational excellence, receiving the coveted Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence in 2009 and within that same year, the company’s Augusta facility was named one of Industry Week magazine’s top 10 manufacturing plants in North America. During our discussion Kevin was kind enough to share his insights into what has led to such award winning success within his own organization

E-Z-GO is a global leader in light transportation and builds many thousands of vehicles each year from its world headquarters in Augusta. E-Z-GO builds dozens of unique vehicle models under the E-Z-GO, Cushman® and Bad Boy Buggies® brands. Besides the golf cars with which it is so often identified, E-Z-GO also manufactures world-class utility vehicles for work and recreation, personnel shuttles and material-handling machines.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN:

  • Hear a great story about how E-Z-GO has found success in reshoring.
  • Learn how by utlizing key partnerships E-Z-GO has obtained access to new markets.
  • Discover the importance of comminucation and ownership at all levels of an organization.
  • Learn more about E-Z-Go’s parent organization Textron!

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Steven Burton: Cloud-based SaaS Solutions for Manufacturing

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For today’s episode we take a close examination into how software as a service can play a role in the manufacturing space. We will speak with Steven Burton, the Founder and CEO of Burton Software Inc., who shares with us his knowledge on how cloud based SaaS solutions can work in a manufacturing environment.

Burton Software’s goal is to improve the safety of the world’s food supply by developing tools that enable companies involved in the production, processing, and distribution of food products to develop and verify food safety plans. Using Burton’s technologies, companies can have the ability to fully synchronize their operations across facilities and across the globe.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN:

  • Find out how the manufacturing sector is responding to cloud-based solutions.
  • Learn how a simple observation of the market, lead to software innovation and new solutions.
  • Hear the inspiration for SaaS solutions in food safety, and why they matter.

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Todd Henry: Live from the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference

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ToddhenryThis special edition of Manufacturing Revival Radio was recorded live on September 17th, 2013 at the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joining us for this episode is Todd Henry, Athens Plant Manager, Caterpillar Inc.

Next Generation Manufacturing provides a forum to educate and connect manufacturers with state-wide resources to strengthen the viability of American manufacturers. NGM’s programming encourages growth through competitive innovation and the building of relationships amongst manufacturers across all verticals.

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SWPA BotsIQ: They’re Building Robots, We’re Building a Workforce

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Today’s episode features Sarah Brooks and Bill Padnos, Program Coordinator with SWPA BOTS IQ and Executive Director of SWPA BOTS IQ, respectively. During today’s discussion both Sarah and Bill tell us all about the SWPA BotsIQ program and the role it plays in encouraging America’s youth into STEM focused education.

SWPA BotsIQ is an educational robotics competition for high school age students. It provides these students with a unique, hands-on experience that allows them to discover the possibilities of a career in the manufacturing sector, and other science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields.

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN:

  • Stealth learning, teamwork, project management – teaching manufacturing basics!
  • The critical involvement of industry partners, and what THEY get out of the program
  • Hands on learning to bridge the skills gap.
  • The future of education?

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Alex Gregory: Putting the Zip Back into Manufacturing

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alexgregoryOn today’s episode we have the pleasure of being joined by Alex Gregory, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO of YKK Corporation of America. Alex shares with us many insights including his own organization’s unique philosophy that has helped in leading YKK in many decades of success.

Since entering the U.S. market in 1960, YKK’s American business has grown and diversified far beyond zippers. Today the parent company, YKK Corporation of America has 14 operating companies located across five time zones from Canada to South America.

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WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN:

  • Hear about the YKK philosophy “The Circle Of Goodness” and why it is a fundamental reason for the success of the company.
  • Discover that innovation in “making it easier to do business with you” is a critical task for all manufacturers.
  • Learn why the outlook for manufacturing, particularly in the Southest is robust!

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