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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 657: Save Money. Use A Search Firm.

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Join Ben Talbert with Better Than Found ( as he discusses how a search firm works for its clients and candidates to find the most suitable fit at a cost much less than a wrong hire. Hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady ask Mr. Talbert how his firm finds and places the right people in a very tight labor market.


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.


Ben Talbert

Ben brings nearly 17 years of experience, first working in, then recruiting for, the industrial sectors. After earning a Textile Engineering degree from NC State, Ben spent the first 8 years of his career at Milliken, the largest privately held textile and chemical manufacturer in the US. Ben developed his passion for all things industrial while being trained in the Milliken Performance System (TPM) for operational excellence. His career in engineering, operations, product development and industrial construction exposed him to the apparel, automotive, military, medical, and hospitality industries. After earning his Professional Engineering license, Ben further diversified his industrial exposure with O’Neal, Inc., an EPC company that designs and builds manufacturing operations. This opportunity gave Ben exposure to the automotive, medical device, beauty supplies, building materials, power generation, non-wovens, and chemical industries.

After a nearly 7 year career recruiting for the industrial sectors, Ben set out to establish a search firm which focuses on the number of lives he impacts rather than the number of placements he makes. In 2014, following a job loss as an engineer and a stage 3 cancer diagnosis, Ben felt the call to begin recruiting for the industries in which he had developed a passion for. Nearly 7 cancer-free years later this mission continues with the establishment of Better Than Found. “When we have the opportunity to make a company, a career or a life better, that’s what we do.”

Ben has served on the Board of Directors for the Upstate Chapter of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers for over 6 years. He sits on the board of Directors for 3GEN Ministries, a local non-profit ministry. He is an active member & leader at Grace Church in Greenville, SC as well as a workout leader and recruitment/expansion participant with F3 Nation (Fitness, Fellowship and Faith).

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