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#115 Time-Tested Expertise with Kim Alford from KAM Tool & Die

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Today on the WAM Podcast, host Frances Brunelle interviews Kim Alford, who is the production manager of KAM Tool & Die of B-Square Precision Group located in Zebulon, North Carolina. Having been a part of this prestigious company since it’s founding in 1995, Kim brings extensive, time-tested expertise in production planning, human resources, and accounting to the manufacturing space. Kim offers valuable insight into not only the production side of manufacturing but also the financial side of it. She also explains the process of being with the company from the time it started as a small company within a garage and only 2 machines, to becoming one of the biggest names in manufacturing and how to maintain integrity and quality through every stage of growth.

Kim also discusses how KAM Tool & Die was acquired by B-Square Precision Group, and how investing in your employees and charting a path forward with the owners and employees can lead to improvements and long-term growth. She also discusses how vital it is to train people properly and keep good employees feeling fulfilled in their roles so that they can contribute their best talents to be apart of the company’s vision and take pride in their work. Kim also discusses the pillars of KAM Tool & Die, and how those values shape the culture and success of the company. Learn about the incredible inner workings of KAM Tool & Die and the insightful advice that Kim Alford has to share with the listeners of the WAM Podcast!


Frances Brunelle

Frances Brunelle is the founder of Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc., which specializes in the sale of lower middle-market manufacturing companies nationally. Fran and her team help to ensure the continuity of U.S. Manufacturing by transitioning ownership to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Fran writes on topics that help manufacturing business owners prepare their companies for sale and navigate the sale process to ensure a positive financial result in support of their retirement. Her articles can be found here. Recently Fran was named to 2020 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers & Acquisitions.

To learn more about Fran and her company, click here: About Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc.


Kim Alford

Kim has been a part of KAM Tool & Die since its founding in 1995. At that time, she brought to the company 9 years of experience in Production Planning and 5 years of experience in Accounting while working at Square D Company. Through the years Kim has served as Business Manager and in 2019 was promoted to Production Manager. Her responsibilities include managing Production while also overseeing Human Resources and Financial Management.

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