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Manufacturing Talk Radio is a weekly Talk Radio Podcast broadcast to manufacturers of all sizes across the globe. Show host, Lew Weiss, and co-host, Tim Grady, present breaking manufacturing news and tackle business trends and economic forecasts in manufacturing for small, medium and large manufacturers across the globe.


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Episode 444: Database Provider of Competitive MRO Information

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On This Episode

Lew Weiss and Tim Grady welcome Mike Franz, CEO and founder of, a database provider of competitive MRO information from participating companies who anonymously share detailed purchasing data and can directly benefit from that shared data to save money operating and supporting their business.


Lewis Weiss

Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.

Tim Grady

Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.


Mike Franz

ManufacturingPower’s top leader Mike Franz has spent his career building expertise in manufacturing and business success. He has held positions with Tier 1 manufacturing companies and as a voice of the customer, he created a new-to-market manufacturing industry transparency data tool and founded ManufacturingPower in 2017. He has had involvement with several local and national industry groups, including APICS, ISM, MPMA and the Manufacturer’s Alliance.  A Twin Cities native, Franz lives in St. Paul and is committed to family, friends, and the manufacturing industry.

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