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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 475: Transforming a 100 Year Old Company

On This Episode

Tom Lefairve, President & CEO of Anchor Harvey, a 100 year old close die forging company discusses the Industry 4.0 tools the company implemented to learn about themselves and refocus their business resulting in a 300% increase in orders!


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.


Tom Lefaivre

As President of Anchor Harvey,  is responsible for overseeing all facets of the company and its data-driven aluminum forging business. Having served as the company’s president for over 17 years, Tom has a proven executive management track record and over three decades of experience driving sales and growth in the industry. Prior to joining Anchor Harvey, Tom was President of Cornell Forge, the Chicago-based steel forge company.

At Anchor Harvey, Tom has spearheaded the transformation of the 100-year-old forge shop, evolving the company into its next growth stage with deep integration of advanced technologies, entrance into a worldwide array of new markets, and a redesign of the traditional forge process into a one-piece cellular workflow. Under Tom’s stewardship, Anchor Harvey continues to deliver components of the highest level of quality, holds no debt, and the company has grown its sales by 300% during his tenure.

Tom’s experience and strategic oversight have directly led to two expansions of the Anchor Harvey facility, and a government letter of commendation for the company’s successful navigation of the coronavirus pandemic with its record-breaking performance, workforce expansion, and a more than 25% increase in operations during the period. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a JD from the John Marshall Law School.

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