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.

SHOW NOTES

  • 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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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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Matt Jones: Material handling efficiency in spades

What started out as a need to efficiently remove scrap and parts from under their dies, led a tool and die maker to design and build a low profile conveyor.  They were told of course that it couldn’t be done, but they did… and started down the path to having their systems used in over 1,200 different industry segments today.

mattjonesMatt Jones, Director of Sales for Dorner Manufacturing Corp. joined us today to tell that story and more.

Show Notes & Highlights:

  • How an “Engineered Solutions Group” brings lean principles to bear on integrated conveyor solutions
  • Solving some of the unique problems faced by the food processing industry
  • The surprisingly major impact a well-designed material handling system can have on labor efficiency

The perspective from a company that set out to solve a problem and ended up launching a new line of business is all by itself fascinating enough.  It’s just the tip of the iceberg in this intriguing conversation.

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Jonathan Moskin: Legal implications of 3D printing

Welcome to Jon Moskin, Intellectual Property Partner with Foley & Lardner!

JonathanMoskinNo doubt, 3D printing is one the hottest of the up and coming technologies.  But it’s more than the technology itself.  From a legal perspective there are a whole host of unanswered questions.  As a 30 year practitioner of IP law, Jon has perspectives that are will continue to be crucially important to manufacturers of all sorts.

Show Notes & Highlights:

  • Is 3D printing an opportunity or a threat?
  • What sorts of measures can a manufacturer take to ward off threats presented by 3D printing technology?
  • What sorts of measures can a manufacturer take to exploit the opportunities presented by 3D printing technology?
  • …and my favorite question for quite some time…  What would Karl Marx think about how 3D printing has in effect inverted the mass production model of the industrial revolution?

Fascinating stuff!

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APICS Atlanta: On location with Ging Peinpicharana

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Manufacturing Revival Radio recently had the pleasure of attending the APICS Atlanta education/dinner event.  Just before the formal program got going we were able to grab from perspective from Ging Peinpicharana, the VP of Administration.

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APICS Atlanta: On location with Lin Lian

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Manufacturing Revival Radio recently had the pleasure of attending the APICS Atlanta education/dinner event.  Just before the formal program got going we were able to grab from perspective from Lin Lian, APICS Atlanta’s newest member.

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APICS Atlanta: On location with Brian Skelly

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Manufacturing Revival Radio recently had the pleasure of attending the APICS Atlanta education/dinner event.  Just before the formal program got going we were able to grab from perspective from Brian Skelly, the Global Supply Planner for Zodiac Services Americas and the APICS Atlanta VP of Education.

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APICS Atlanta: On location with Tom Cox

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Manufacturing Revival Radio recently had the pleasure of attending the APICS Atlanta education/dinner event.  Just before the formal program got going we were able to grab from perspective from Tom Cox, the VP of Education.

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Ray Attiyah: Why manufacturing? Why now?

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RayWe don’t often have the same guest twice in one month, but we were delighted to have Ray Attiyah join us again – in person this time! Ray is the Chief Innovation Officer of Definity Partners and author of The Fearless Front Line:  The Key to Liberating Leaders to Improve and Grow Their Business.  The book is totally sold out, which should tell you something…  The good news is that a 2nd edition will soon be available with the new title Run, Improve, Grow:  Your Roadmap From Firefighting to Bold Business Growth.

Listen in to feed your brain:

  1. A fascinating perspective on “Why Manufacturing? Why Now?
  2. More jobs is NOT the goal. Innovation is the goal!
  3. You can’t leave your brain in your pickup truck!
  4. Experiential Learning is the name of the game.

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Modex14 On Location with: Lenze, Caljan by Rite-Hite, and Inbound Logistics

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Walking the floor of MODEX14, our roving reporters had the pleasure of showcasing the following guests on Manufacturing Revival Radio: 

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