MMT ZONE: Business Strategies

Finding, Training & Retaining Employees
In this multi-part series of articles, contributor Ryan Pohl, a journeyman CNC machinist who also holds a master's degree in industrial training and development, addresses the skilled-labor shortage and its potential to dramatically hinder the future sustainability and growth of the moldmaking industry. He is convinced that with a renewal of pride in workmanship and an updated training format, Americans can secure their futures as leaders in the industry. more (+)

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Bottom Line: Delivering Great Customer Experiences is Vital to Growth
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MMT editors recently received a press announcement from a mold manufacturing company telling us about some significant changes the company has made to its shop floor and overall operations. What stood out for me, though, was that the customer experience was the paramount motivation for change.

Honoring Apprentices Builds Morale, Pride in Moldmaking
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Last night I had the pleasure to attend the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) Chicago Chapter dinner meeting, during which six young apprentices were honored by the mold shops that employ them via a nomination, submitted by their supervisors, for the chapter’s Mold Your Career Award.

The Bottom Line: Tax Extenders Package
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The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 retroactively extended many important tax provisions and modified others.

JMMS Sees Growth with Focused Program Management
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Dedicated project managers present the company as a dedicated partner, not just a supplier.

Keeping Up with ISO: A New High-Level Structure
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Examining and complying with the first three revised clauses in ISO 9001:2015 should enable your company to produce metrics on problem areas, track customer feedback and establish a change-management process.

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Business Strategies


Today’s mold manufacturer needs to be as much a businessman as a craftsman, so it is crucial to pay attention to the management issues facing your shop including—sales & marketing plan, global initiatives/strategies, banking and finance, workforce development and new business opportunities.

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