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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 327: From Factory Floor To White House Halls: Exclusive Interview with Thomas CEO and President, Tony Uphoff


An incredible revolution is underway for manufacturing. It is up to those within the industry to ensure that these changes, and the conflicts that can come with them, lead to the overall strengthening and expansion of manufacturing. Thomas CEO and President Tony Uphoff has recently taken the torch of manufacturing to the White House, where he held a roundtable with senior government officials and industry leaders to discuss 4 main points: the digital transformation of industrial sales, international trade trends, marketing and supply chain management, and the dynamics presented by today’s multi-generational workforce and its growing skills gap.

Manufacturing Talk Radio, part of Jacket Media Co., received an exclusive interview with Uphoff to further delve into the insights gained from this significant roundtable discussion. Lew Weiss, host of Manufacturing Talk Radio along with co-host, Tim Grady, look into the implications and direction that manufacturing is heading toward, from the factory floor to the halls of the White House.

According to Uphoff, “This was a great opportunity to share what our data shows on manufacturing and industrial trends with senior government leaders and to illuminate some of the key challenges our industry is working to overcome. These types of discussions go a long way toward shaping America’s perception of manufacturing. They provide real examples and identify what is being done by leading U.S. manufacturers to continue the growth in this sector.”


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.