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Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.

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Welcome to EECO Ask’s Why – A podcast that dives into industrial manufacturing topics and spotlights the heroes that keep America running. On this podcast, we do not cover the latest features and benefits on products that come to market. Instead, we focus on advice and insight from the top minds of industry because people and ideas will be how America remains number one in manufacturing in the world.

    207. Heroes: Advocates for Vocations - Amber Wilborne & Jody Woolwine

    207. Heroes: Advocates for Vocations - Amber Wilborne & Jody Woolwine

    The next generation of industrial leaders are sitting in a classroom right now.  They are being taught many different subjects that will help them grow but too many never get the chance to learn about some of the exciting opportunities that exist in industry.  Amber Wilborne and Jody Woolwine are vocation advocates that have a passion for evangelizing to bring awareness to the many paths that exist on an industrial journey.

    In this conversation they share their personal experiences that were each unique but which both led to serving in industry and making huge impacts.  They hit many of the topics head on that can start changing the game including:
    Evolution of Vocational Industrial Clubs of America - where it was and where it is nowPerception of trades - why celebrating a trade school should be at the same level as a traditional 4-year institutionPower of apprenticeships and co-op's How parents can support and expose their children to vocation opportunities Student loan crisis and how vocation programs combat head onThe passion you'll hear from Amber and Jody is incredible.  If you think they have a great chemistry together you can blame that on genetics.  Being brother and sister they love to have fun together and they even had a good time looking back during a unique lightning round!

    It is important for the industrial leaders of today to lean in and start learning how to be an advocate for the next generation.  As more and more businesses decide to on-shore the opportunities will be expansive and the need great.  There are amazing opportunities to earn a significant income and make a huge impact on the world around you once vocations are learned.  It's our job to make sure those opportunities get the proper spotlight and this conversation hits that on the head.  
    We are proud to call Amber and Jody our heroes and we highly encourage others to learn from their experiences and start helping those behind us see the paths they never new existed in the ever evolving industrial world. 

    Guests:
    Amber Wilborne - Co-Owner at TW Controls
    Jody Woolwine - Leader at Mersen

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    • 38 min
    206. Idea: Culture by Design – How to build a High Performing Culture

    206. Idea: Culture by Design – How to build a High Performing Culture

    Do not leave culture to chance because it influences everything!  David Friedman literally wrote the book on how to design company cultures that make an impact and he shares some of the insights he's learned over the years that are sure to help you move forward.  

    David leaves no ground uncovered and reviews areas such as:
    How culture can drift and what to do to correct itWhat a "culture plan" is and why most organizations miss this Eight step framework for creating a winning cultureThe incredible power of ritualsHow to create fundamentals (behaviors) that you'll actually have buy in withImplementation and putting culture into practiceDavid is an award winning Vistage speaker and has poured his heart into the topic of culture.  It can be what separates the best from the rest and is now more critical than ever when it comes to attracting and keeping talent.  As industry evolves the importance of company culture keeps rising as a key differentiator and conversations like this are sure to set you on a path of success.  So will you design your culture or are you letting the environment around you define it for you?

    We highly encourage others to connect with David and the team at CultureWise as they are the industry leaders in helping businesses take control and begin acting with intent to build a culture by design! 
    Guest: David J. Friedman - Founder/CEO at CultureWise
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    205. Hero: Bob Meads - President at iQagent

    205. Hero: Bob Meads - President at iQagent

    Every journey is unique and what makes Bob Meads so special is the passion in which he unpacks his creation story that led him to the amazing world of augmented reality.  Beginning with his career in the Navy, Bob always had a passion for technology. 

    That love for technology presented many opportunities for him to grow his skillset which included items such as computer and PLC programming.  From C++ to Java he never backed down from the challenge of mastering these platforms.  At the heart of what he always loved was software. 

    So when the opportunity presented itself to solve problems that industrial manufacturers were facing with a technology like augmented reality Bob leaned in and hasn't looked back.  He's literally on the front lines of many industry 4.0 initiatives and helps people every day accomplish some of their most challenging modernization goals.

    Bob's happiness comes from serving others and that resonates loud and clear in his story.  For fun you can find him brewing some of his favorite beers while manning a smoker full of seasoned meat.  Bob is hands down a hero of industry and we know his story will leave you inspired and ready to chase your passions.

    We hope you enjoy and remember to keep asking why! 

    Guest: Bob Meads - President at iQagent

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    • 42 min
    204. Idea: Industrial Marketing for Manufacturers in 2022

    204. Idea: Industrial Marketing for Manufacturers in 2022

    To create visibility for your business you must be able to position yourself and your company as expert resources.  Through that process you can earn attention, trust and visibility.  But how is that accomplished?  Welcome to the party industrial marketing!  In this idea episode Joe Sullivan from Gorilla 76 breaks down ways that manufacturers can take the lead and be in control of so much of their destiny in the future.

    Joe covers many areas including:
    Knowing your audienceHow to talk about and overcome "resistance" New ways to conduct market researchMarketing and sales convergence How to engage subject matter experts to build valueKnowledge extraction dayDeliver value without sellingThe true purpose of marketing for manufacturingJoe brought his A game in this conversation and it is chocked full of wisdom and insight that you can act on today.  The bottom line is that if you are trying to reach new levels of growth you need to know how your audience consumes information, how they make buying decisions and then meet them where they are rather than forcing the way you want to sell on them.

    We highly encourage others to connect with Joe and the team at Gorilla 76 as they are making a significant impact on industry and their solutions could be the next move that sets you apart in the market.
    Guest: Joe Sullivan - Thinker & Founder @ Gorilla 76

    Joe's Recourses:
    Gorilla 76 Industrial Marketing Learning Center
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    203. Hero: Ron Thompson - Control/Interface Developer at Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Co.

    203. Hero: Ron Thompson - Control/Interface Developer at Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Co.

    "I enjoy what I'm doing" - that sums up the great journey that our hero Ron Thompson shares in this episode.  After serving his country as a marine Ron has made an impact in many industries and what makes him unique is that he's always got a desire to learn new things.  From PLC's, HMI's and even industrial networks Ron is always pushing himself to expand his areas of expertise.

    He shares great advice including how critical it is to build a solid foundation of understanding before you go too far.  He finds that hands on learning is the way to go and seeking out mentors who are ahead of you is such a great way to grow your career.  Ron gets technical and even reviews how he labels tags inside his PLC code that others may find extremely helpful.

    Ron has traveled the world and shares some great stories about his time in Australia and will have you running for the hills at the site of vegemite!   It was a delight to be able to sit down with this hero of industry and we highly encourage others to find a career path that brings you as much joy and fulfillment as it does for our hero Ron Thompson! 

    Guest: Ron Thompson - Control/Interface Developer at Lampe & Malphrus Lumber Co.

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    202. Idea - Industrial Analytics

    202. Idea - Industrial Analytics

    As the industrial world evolves more and more attention is centering around data.  These days the plant floor has access to more data than ever before.  But it's not enough to simply have data - you have to use that to make better business decisions.  Enter the world of industrial analytics!  

    In this episode Matt Hussey unpacks ways in which those in the industrial sector are acting to make more informed decisions and ultimately improve their processes.  He covers items such as:
    The four basic quadrants of industrial analyticsUse cases that bring theory to applicationHow predictive analytics has migrated from hand held routes to diagnostic systemsDemystifying "Prescriptive" analytics - it's easier than you think!Sifting through the "fluff" to get to the heart of what mattersHeadwinds and ways to avoid themCompany culture and the impact (good/bad) with this methodologyThis was full of insight and tips that you can apply right now in your facility to start taking advantage of the data at your fingertips.  For support and to continue the conversation reach out to the EECO team as we would love to learn about your goals with industrial analytics and can help with resources to support your journey.

    Enjoy, lean in and keep asking why! 
    Guest: Matt Hussey - Industrial Digital Sales Manager at Eaton

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Joe Sullivan, Gorilla 76 ,

A model for B2B industrial companies

With this podcast, Chris Grainger and the EECO team are doing exactly what manufacturers need to be doing right now: Putting themselves side by side with industry leaders and facilitating conversations that are genuinely helpful for their audience. There's a lot of "me, me, me" in the industrial sector. But EECO understands that creating value for the people you need to reach and building relationships through conversations like those conducted on this show are the way to build a strong and more visible brand. Listen to this podcast not only to learn, but as a model for how to do marketing right!

Jeff Long - TrueFocusMedia.com ,

An Industrial Manufacturing podcast at its best

Chris Grainger and his team do an amazing job at highlighting experts in the manufacturing industry. Chris is humble yet mighty and his conversational style is easy to listen to. Plus, he asks great questions. When I first found this podcast 2 years ago I thought it would be cool to someday be on the podcast. So it was my honor to be featured on shows 194 and 202. The Eeco Asks Why Podcast is a must-listen if you want to learn more about industrial manufacturing.

Iquestcorp ,

Great information on all things industrial automation

EECO “Ask Why” podcast is an entertaining and informative show about wide ranging topics that are interesting to anyone associated with industrial automation. They cover the new buzzwords (Augmented Reality, IOT, Industry 4.0) as well topics like networking , internships and working from home.If you have any association or interest in the industrial automation field, grab a cuppa coffee, subscribe to this podcast and enjoy!

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