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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 812: Manufacturing Think Tank for November 2023

On this episode of Manufacturing Think Tank, our Host Cliff Waldman welcomes Eric Fins, Vice President of Grove Climate Group, an organization that helps startups, companies, governments, nonprofits, universities, and trade groups achieve their climate goals. Don’t miss this important episode!

Episode 811: The Hidden Supply Chain Crisis Happening Now

More than 70% of business owners lack an exit plan, and their average age is 67. If they cannot find the next owner, the business will simply wind down, and whatever they make will become unavailable. David Braun, Founder and CEO of Capstone Strategic discusses ways to mitigate this crisis that is happening now before …

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Episode 810: There is an Easy Button for Digital Transformation!

Michael Lynch, CEO of Praxie, discusses a smarter, easier way to transform your legacy information, Excel spreadsheets, and disparate databases by wrapping it in a practical software application that interfaces with the various sources to give you what you want – in a few weeks, not months or even years.

Episode 809: They Are More Like Refugees Than Immigrants

Dr. Kuehl discusses the growing GDP, the worker shortage skills gap, and why the people coming into the U.S. are not likely to be the answer. He also touches on the Green Economy and the difficulties it is encountering.

Episode 808: The Services ISM Report On Business

Anthony Nieves, Committee Chair for the Services Report on Business(R) discusses the strengths in the Services sectors, which show significant growth in New Orders.

Episode 807: The ISM Manufacturing Report On Business

12 Months of Manufacturing Contraction but No Recession -Tim Fiore, Committee Chair of the ISM’s Manufacturing Report on Business(R) joins hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady as Manufacturing Talk Radio to discuss October and the last 12 months of manufacturing contraction that have not yet triggered a general recession. Manufacturing typically leads the country into …

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Episode 806: Manufacturing Think Tank for October 2023 – The UAW Strike

Patrick Anderson, President and CEO of the Anderson Economic Group, joins host Cliff Waldman to discuss the UAW strike.

Episode 805: Don’t Fear: AI Will Displace People – Not Replace People

Bryan DeBois, Director of Industrial AI at RoviSys speaks about AI in manufacturing – why we should embrace it rather than fear it, and where it is the logical next step in production control and analysis. AI isn’t disrupting manufacturing any more than PLCs did when GM introduced them in 1968. AI in manufacturing is …

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Episode 804: Moser On Manufacturing – Fives Machining Systems: Designing Disruptive Solutions And Technologies

On this episode of Moser On Manufacturing, Harry and Lew welcome Harold Schoch, Chief Executive Officer of Fives Machining Systems Inc. and Matt Shockey, President of the Grinding Ultra Precision business line of the Fives Group. Fives designs and manufactures machines, process equipment, and production lines for the world’s largest industrial groups. From the first …

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Episode 803: The Flagship Reports – Manufacturing Hates Uncertainty – But That Is All We Have

Dr. Chris Kuehl discusses conditions in various sectors of the economy and the uncertainty in D.C., along with employment and interest rates that are keeping manufacturers up at night. Thankfully, the construction sector of manufacturing is doing well with plant expansions. One of the countries doing particularly well is Mexico, which has become a replacement …

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Episode 802: Part Two – Findings from the Voice of the Essential Manufacturing Manager

Today’s episode is the second of a two-part series featuring Kerrie Jordan, Vice President of Product Management – Data Platform at Epicor. Kerrie discusses the most important report for your manufacturing business’s health, strength, and sustainability, Voice Of The Manufacturing Manager 2023. Part one of this series covered Epicor’s  Voice of The Essential Manufacturing Worker …

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Episode 801: Helping Manufacturers Grow Revenue Through Marketing and Sales

On today’s episode of Manufacturing Talk Radio, we’re joined by Ed Marsh from Consilium Global Business Advisors. Consilium is a consulting firm that focuses on working with middle-market manufacturers with an emphasis on revenue growth through marketing and sales. For many manufacturers, sales and marketing can be an issue. Consilium works with senior management to …

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Episode 800: The Services ISM Report On Business for September 2023

Anthony Nieves, Committee Chair for the Services Report on Business(R) highlights the strengths in the Services Sectors.

Episode 799: Today’s #1 Weekly Manufacturing Podcast Began with ISM a Decade Ago

Tim Fiore, Committee Chair of the ISM’s Manufacturing Report on Business(R) joins hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady as Manufacturing Talk Radio begins its 10-Year Anniversary Celebration. The first show that aired was with the Institute for Supply Management and Brad Holcomb, and that tradition carries on with Tim Fiore getting into the numbers behind …

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Episode 798: Tool And Die Maker VS English Major – A Million Dollar Decision

On today’s episode of Moser On Manufacturing, Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative joins Manufacturing Talk Radio Host Lew Weiss for a detailed look at the financial benefits of pursuing a career in manufacturing vs. taking the traditional college route. Harry presents some amazing data on the lifetime earning potential of college students with …

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Episode 797: Is Hollywood Back – Yet?

Nicholas Tana, CEO of Smart Media, author of eJunky, as well as the director and producer of the movie, discusses the possible end to the writers’ strike, but the longer-term impacts of AI on the entertainment industry, particularly where it could replace writers and actors. In three years, when the agreement, if accepted, expires, AI …

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Episode 796: You Can Have Cybersecurity or You Can Get Hacked

James Fair, Senior Vice President at Executech talks about Cybersecurity and a roadmap to implement from the simple to the complex, step-by-step. Even if you have cybersecurity in place, an annual review is warranted to keep abreast of new threats. A company can go out of business overnight if they aren’t ready to thwart attacks …

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Episode 795: Solving the Manufacturing Skilled Worker Shortage

David Mantey, Editorial Director for IEN, discusses manufacturing skilled labor shortage solutions and the latest trends and technologies that may help reduce reliance on people.

Episode 794: The Flagship Reports – Real GDP for 2023 to be Above 5% for the U.S.

Dr. Chirs Kuehl, the highly-respected economist from Armada Corporate Intelligence talks about economic issues in China, Russia, BRICs, and the U.S. GDP is defying a recession as the third quarter approaches 3% GDP growth with Real GDP above 5% for 2023.

Episode 793: The Services ISM Report On Business for August 2023

Anthony Nieves, Committee Chair for the Services Report on Business(R) highlights the strengths in the Services Sectors that continues to defy recession, which has disappeared from the conversation. The report is well above the midline of 50 and continues to grow.

Episode 792: AI-Driven WiFi Automation Keeps Your Business Up And Running

To stay competitive in the manufacturing sector these days we have to continue to evolve with technology. As wireless networks become more critical to manufacturing, keeping them online is a priority. Today’s guest Roger Sands is co-founder and CEO of Wyebot, the leader in AI-driven WiFi Automation. They provide cost-effective future-proofing of your network in …

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Episode 791: The Latest ISM Manufacturing Report On Business

“We’re looking at reserved optimism” – Host Lew Weiss Tim Fiore, Committee Chair of the ISM’s Manufacturing Report on Business(R) discusses New Orders, Production, Employment, Supplier Deliveries, and Inventories that make up the composite Purchasing Manager’s Index Number of 47.6 for August 2023, an improvement from the July reading of 46.4, with better performance in …

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Episode 790: Moser On Manufacturing for August 2023

Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, and Manufacturing Talk Radio Host Lew Weiss discuss a litany of critical topics including Artificial Intelligence, the U.S. national debt, and fishing! Don’t miss this important episode of Moser On Manufacturing.

Episode 789: Manufacturing Think Tank August 2023

In this episode of ‘Manufacturing Think Tank’ host Cliff Waldman is joined by Dr. Chad Moutray, Chief Economist of the National Association of Manufacturers. After discussing the path of U.S. inflation and the likelihood of a near-term U.S. recession, Chad discusses the recent manufacturing slump and the manufacturing industries that have been most impacted. The …

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Episode 788: Has Hollywood Manufactured Its Own Frankenstein Monster with AI?

Nicholas Tana, CEO of Smart Media, discusses how movies are a manufactured product going through the same disruptive technological evolution as manufacturing itself, to the extent that the Hollywood Studio System may fade into history. With AI, it is already happening to many job roles across the movie making production line and distribution channels.

Episode 787: Can Headhunters Save You Money When Hiring?

Eden Higgins, Vice President of Practice Development at The Duffy Group, discusses how headhunters find highly-qualified, vetted candidates that save you time and money in the hiring process.

Episode 786: The No Recession Recession, EV Issues, and Headwinds

Dr. Chirs Kuehl, the highly-respected economist from Armada Corporate Intelligence talks about the balance of 2023, Shortages in Chips and Rare Earths, Issues with EV, and Manufacturing Headwinds – but Not a Recession.

Episode 785: Services Sectors Remain Strong With Few Headwinds With Some GDP Growth

The Services ISM Report On Business for July 2023 Anthony Nieves, Committee Chair for the Services Report on Business® highlights the strengths in the Services Sectors although the report translates into about one percent GDP growth for 2023.

Episode 784: Contraction Continues in Great Manufacturing Report… listen to the details to gain a better understanding

The Manufacturing ISM Report On Business for July 2023 Tim Fiore, Committee Chair of the ISM’s Manufacturing Report on Business® lays the groundwork for the balance of 2023 through hiring freezes, attrition, followed by layoffs if necessary, with pressure on supplies to lower prices or offer buying incentives. New orders may be recovering with too …

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Episode 783: Moser On Manufacturing – Reshoring is hot and we have the numbers to prove it!

“What’s hot is hot and what’s not is not and reshoring is hot right now!” Manufacturing Talk Radio host Lew Weiss sits down with Harry Moser of the Reshoring Initiative for another episode of Moser On Manufacturing. In this episode Lew and Harry delve into the latest reports and the numbers tell the tale -reshoring …

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Episode 782: Now That You Have the Data – Can You Handle the Truth?

Stu Johnson from Rootstock brings new focus to bear on data. Big data gives us the data. Intelligent tools help us parse the data. But do we accept what the data reveals?

Episode 781: In-Depth, Factual Economic News You Don’t Hear on Mainstream Media – Really!

Dr. Chris Kuehl gives viewers real facts and their impact from government policies, critical material shortages, electric vehicles, and the strength of our economy with more insight than the main stream media can deliver.

Episode 780: When Change Becomes Necessary and Inevitable, Call in Experts

Gordon Hull and Susan Conrad are two dynamic manufacturing experts who help clients identify problems and implement solutions in manufacturing operations to drive more profits and create more revenues for mid-market, start-ups, and generational change companies.

Episode 779: Services Rebounds with Strong Growth in New Business Activity – The Services ISM Report On Business

Anthony Nieves, Committee Chair for the Services Report on Business explains the strengths in 15 of the 18 sectors, how they performed in June, and what the balance of 2023 looks like based on current performance and the recent semi-annual forecast.

Episode 778: Welcome to Q3 – Please Prepare for a Very Bumpy Soft Landing

Tim Fiore, ISM’s Committee Chair for the Manufacturing Report on Business® discusses the downturns in the Purchasing Manager’s Index and the beginnings of a recession. The aggressive rise in interest rates has pushed demand into contraction.

Episode 777: Total Cost Of Ownership Part 2: How the True Cost of Ownership Estimator Tool Saves Money for Manufacturers

Manufacturers consistently buy on the basis of price without taking into consideration such factors as quality differentials, carrying cost of inventory, and the value of having manufacturing and engineering close to each other. These factors and more represent the true Total Cost of Ownership. Guest Harry Moser shows us how to use the free True …

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Episode 776: Project Management is Key to Project Success in Highly-Regulated Industries

Angela Thurman discusses her role in regulated project management, as well as her role with Women in Manufacturing. This interview flips between her separate roles and exciting developments in Wim in Texas. To visit Thurman Co. click here.

Episode 775: If You Can Gain 10%, You Can Gain 30%

Vince Sassano discusses how his firm has helped companies exceed their improvement expectations by three or four-fold without pouring a fortune into high tech systems. You can visit Strategic Performance Company online at

Episode 774: It’s a Recession – No, It’s Not; Yes, it is! No, it’s Not! Oh Good Grief!!

Dr. Chris Kuehl discusses the upcoming recession (or not), why it will be (or won’t), and whether it will be short and shallow, deep and long, or some crazy combination thereof, with a touch of humor because you have to laugh you way through this mess.

Episode 773: Fixing Everything Wrong with Outside Training Programs

Mark Fleming, Founder of the Academy of Business Training jumps right into the 3 major flaws of outside training programs and how the Academy has created its programs to deliver value and results to companies.

Episode 772: The Services ISM Report On Business for May 2023

With Anthony Nieves.

Episode 771: The Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

Tim Fiore, ISM’s Committee Chair for the Manufacturing Report on Business® covers a lot of good news within manufacturing despite the drop in the overall Purchasing Manager’s Index number. Has this soft landing been good for manufacturing versus a hard landing? June may cast the die for the balance of 2023 and 2024 if order …

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Episode 770: Bringing Manufacturing Downtown

Ilana Preuss, Founder of Recast City, discusses how to bring small-scale manufacturers downtown into vacant storefronts that benefit everyone, from foot traffic to incubating manufacturers. For more on Recast City visit

Episode 769: Manufacturing Think Tank: AI and Manufacturing

Artificial Intelligence and its potential implications for the manufacturing industry Rob Seamans, Associate Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, joins host Cliff Waldman for this episode of ‘Manufacturing Think Tank’ to talk about the AI phenomenon shaking the world. During the course of the interview, …

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Episode 768: Moser On Manufacturing: Understand Total Cost Of Ownership

On this episode of Moser On Manufacturing, Manufacturing Talk Radio Host Lew Weiss and Harry Moser of the Reshoring Initiative discuss how manufacturers can establish Total Cost of Ownership in manufacturing using the Total Cost of Ownership Estimator. For more information visit

Episode 767: The Flagship Reports – Economic Conditions Continue to be Unpredictable

Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Partner at Armada Corporate Intelligence, discusses the unpredictable conditions that have economic prognosticators befuddled. The Fed’s attempts to break inflation by raising rates and triggering unemployment is vexed by manufacturers hanging on to skilled labor, who were difficult to find and expensive to hire. So far, the most accurate predictor of …

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Episode 766: Creating From Concept To Completion

Mark Dohnalek, President and CEO of Pivot International presents how his firm help companies or individuals move their product, software, or system concept through the stages of development to complete a prototype or finished project.

Episode 765: 5G in Manufacturing – Now a ‘Must Have’

Liron Ben-Horin, President of OneLayer, discusses why 5G is vital for manufacturers, how to get it implemented on top of your existing network, and where it benefits overall operations and security.

Episode 764: The ISM Semi-Annual Forecast

ISM Sees A Soft Expansion For Manufacturing And Services Tim Fiore, Committee Chair for the Manufacturing Report on Business® and Anthony Nieves, Committee Chair for the Services Report on Business® join hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss the results of ISM’s survey on business conditions for the balance of 2023.  So far, conditions …

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Episode 763: Implementing ERP, Made Easy on the Salesforce Platform

Stu Johnson, Vice President of Marketing for Rootstock explains how to simplify a manufacturing implementation of Salesforce using Rootstock, where most of the development work to integrate the platform has been completed for you, without having to make your business fit someone else’s mold.