Don Loepp joined Plastics News as a staff reporter in 1991. He was promoted to Plastics News’ news editor in 1993, managing editor in 1995 and editor in 2011. He leads the largest and most experienced editorial team in the North American plastics market. He’s also editorial director of Crain’s Global Polymer Group, with responsibility for brands including Sustainable Plastics, Rubber News, Tire Business and Urethanes Technology International.
We took a poll on LinkedIn to see what people wanted to hear about. So on this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast we discussed how the industry is dealing with supply-chain issues and inflation, along with the overall state of the North American plastics industry, and so much more!
If you combine decades of experience, sincere passion, and a bit of humor, you have Ken Seawell. Serving as Managing Partner of Sandler Training by the EAM Consulting Group, Ken shows sales leaders and their teams how to master The Sandler Selling System. He is a master mentor, professional trainer, and skillful coach. His impressive background within the hospitality, retail, and professional development industries gives him the insight to address the real issues that stand in the way of individuals’ success and growth.
Tune in to this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast to learn how attitude and behavior, along with technique, factor into sales. All while handling real-time Q&A’s with our audience.
Matt has 30+ years of experience in the manufacturing industry. After assuming ownership of JD Machine in 1992, Mr. Wardle has grown the corporation from 8 employees to over 200. He is currently serving on boards for the Utah Manufacturer’s Association, the Northern Utah Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, Weber State University and the Ogden-Weber Tech College. He is also actively involved in his church and the community.
Throughout this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast, we discussed workforce development, automation, collaboration within the industry and much more!
Lindsey is the Managing Director of a woman-owned international contract manufacturing and design firm working for large size enterprises.
Throughout this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast, we discussed stewardship versus leadership, quality, core values, and so much more!
Dee Dee is the Industry Coordinator at Manufacturing Renaissance. She is responsible for recruiting manufacturing companies for field trips, job shadowing experiences, internships and career opportunities, as well as to prepare students for careers in manufacturing. DeeDee has been part of the MR team since 2014. She has recruited for various manufacturing companies in multiple industries for various types of positions for over 15 years.
Throughout this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast, we discussed the potential for youths in manufacturing, what it looks like to train youths for careers in manufacturing, preparing manufacturers for youth workers, and much more!
Rachael Pfenninger is the Director of Strategic Execution at the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) and has overseen the planning and execution of key initiatives in workforce development, benchmarking and member connections, and industry awareness and advocacy since 2018.
Throughout this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast, we discussed the upcoming AMBA Conference taking place on May 11-13th, including the Emerging Leaders Pre-Conference Session, their new virtual series on work observation/standardization, and much more!
The Plastics Technology Expo is a trade show specifically designed to bring the entire North American plastics market together in one place.
Live from the show, our host Tony Demakis was able to touch base with some influential talent from the plastics industry, to create a series of live shows during the event. The shows highlight the importance of community within the trade and dig deeper into what they hope to accomplish.
Throughout this series of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast, we cover what it feels like to be back for trade show season, the impact of our guests on one another as well as the industry overall, the importance of SPE Mold Technologies Division and what they have going on within the show, and much more!
Ryan Delahanty is Vice President of Plastics Media Group at Gardner Business Media, a B2B media company serving the durable goods manufacturing markets, where he has helped connect technology buyers and technology sellers for nearly two decades.
Throughout this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast, we discuss all things PTXPO, including tips and tricks for exhibitors and the challenge of marketing an inaugural event during a pandemic!
Ty Patritto is an Engineering Project Manager at Koss Industrial, who got introduced to manufacturing in high school. From there he went to college to become a teacher, but quickly realizing that it wasn’t for him, went to tech school to become a fabricator. Since then he has had a hand in both the food and beverage industry as well as the plastics industry, with experience both on the floor and in the office.
Throughout this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast, we discuss culture, supply chain/labor shortages, transitioning from floor work to the office, the importance of empathy, and being a lifelong student!
Richard Savage, the owner of Savage Automation, has 15 years of injection molding experience, working on and with all types of molds, molding machines, and molding automation. He founded Savage Automation in 2017 to bring robust design and cutting-edge technology to End of Arm Tooling, while simplifying its installation and operation.
Throughout this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast, we discuss young talent in injection molding, alternatives to traditional education, dealing with employee shortages, and how to use automation to free up your talented employees!
Rich Oles is the president/CEO of ALBA Enterprises, LLC. He has 34 years put in to the injection molding field, serving all industries: automotive, medical, consumer, electronics, housewares, micro and miniature injections molding.
Throughout this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast, we discussed the upcoming PTXPO 2022, the ALBA business model, the importance of partner companies, turn-key molding cells, ALBA Technical Days, and last but not least, product focus!
Kate Pellett is a manufacturing engineer working at Classic Molding. She has been in the plastics industry since 2013, when she first entered college. Her ultimate goal is to start her own plastics company. During the show, we discussed the importance of women in manufacturing, where experience comes from, the importance of conferences and so much more.
Patricia Miller, CEO+Visionary of M4 Factory joins the Manufacturing Alliance to talk about the state of manufacturing, sustainability of plastics, talent shortages and leadership.
Dordan conducted bio-based/compostable/etc. plastic R&D and LCA packaging modeling to provide its customers with tools for investigating sustainable packaging solutions. As the CMO, she is responsible for producing relevant content that reinforces Dordan’s brand as a thought leader; generating inbound leads for her sales team.
With the completion of Dordan’s ISO Class 8 cleanroom, Chandler became the project lead for the development and production of highly engineered and high-quality thermoformed medical packaging.
Tune in for talk about sustainability, marketing, and Bad Dad Jokes!
On this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast, Dana, the VP of Sales, and Paul, the Chief Commercial Officer, will be discussing Mantel’s latest contribution to 3D printing; a 3D Metal Printing System.
Mantle is changing the way we think about 3D metal printing!
Tune in to see what Mantle is building and how this new technology is changing the game forever!
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The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast Presents: Phillip Van Hooser | Keynote Speaker, Leadership & Communication Skills Expert, Author
The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast presents Phillip Van Hooser, CSP CPAE.
As a trusted advisor to major U.S. companies and organizations and an award-winning keynote speaker, Phil has one driving mission: Ensure leaders are equipped and ready for the opportunities and challenges that undoubtedly await them.
For 30+ years, Phil has been showing business owners, entrepreneurs, and company leaders how to plan, communicate and execute their responsibilities while engaging and empowering the people they lead.
Tune in to learn how to earn the right to be heard by decision-makers, how to positively empower employees, how to embrace change and lead through it, the importance of communication within an organization, and why you should get to know your employees by name throughout this episode.
The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast Presents: Laurie Harbour | President & CEO of Harbour Results, Inc.
As President and CEO of Harbour Results Inc., Laurie Harbour leads a team of analysts and manufacturing consultants to help small- to medium-sized manufacturers develop short- and long-term strategies, improve their operations, reduce risks and optimize business.
Spending most of her life around the manufacturing industry, she utilized her experience and knowledge to found HRI in 2005. Since that time, Laurie has been responsible for developing both the consulting services and targeted tools to profitably grow the organization into a leading manufacturing consulting firm.
Tune in to hear from Laurie about mold building, manufacturing, process improvement, the economic impact of COVID-19 on our industry, and forecasts of the future.
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The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast Presents: Richard Evans | Owner of Reaction Plastic Solutions LLC
The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast presents Richard Evans of Reaction Plastics Solutions LLC.
Richard was introduced to the trade by a guidance counselor at his high school. It was through his first apprenticeship that he developed the skills necessary to climb up the ladder.
He started his own business, Reaction Plastics Solutions, in August of 2020 and is now offering engineering and design services to molders and mold builders all over the US. He works with the packaging, medical, automotive, connector, industrial, and firearms industries.
Richard has recently signed up to become a member of the SPE Mold Technologies Division after listening to Brenda Clark and Tony Demakis discuss the organization on the podcast. He is one of our most valued and loyal listeners, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from his experiences on this episode of The Manufacturing Alliance Podcast!