28 episodes

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info@mfgmonkey.com

The MFGMonkey podcast is a place for manufacturing pros around the world to learn, discuss new ideas & address the parts of the industry they want to improve. New technologies? Highlighted. Next-generation marketing tricks? Showcased. A laid back, engaging conversation that will give you real-life, actionable changes you can implement tomorrow? Locked down on every episode. Subscribe today & help fabricate the future.

The MFGMONKEY’s Podcast Dustin McMillan

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Contacts us at:

info@mfgmonkey.com

The MFGMonkey podcast is a place for manufacturing pros around the world to learn, discuss new ideas & address the parts of the industry they want to improve. New technologies? Highlighted. Next-generation marketing tricks? Showcased. A laid back, engaging conversation that will give you real-life, actionable changes you can implement tomorrow? Locked down on every episode. Subscribe today & help fabricate the future.

    MFG MONKEY | Jason Kruger: Driving Value and Evaluating Expenses

    MFG MONKEY | Jason Kruger: Driving Value and Evaluating Expenses

    Dustin and Jason dive into the importance of accounting in business, discussing how to prepare for a recession, what nonprofits need for annual audits, and how to close books accurately and prevent fraud. They touch on challenges with accounting software and the need to understand profitability and cash flow. Jason emphasizes evaluating expenses to ensure they add value and meet goals, stressing the importance of accurate financials, forecasts, and budgets for better decision-making. They also highlight building trust with banks for funding, the challenges nonprofits face in gaining trust and raising funds, and the crucial role of good bookkeepers and advanced accounting expertise for accurate reporting.

    Guest Contact Information 

    Email
    jkruger@signatureanalytics.com

    LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-kruger-a0b159b/

    Website
    Signature Analytics
    https://signatureanalytics.com/

    If you have any questions, comments, or topics you'd like to hear about in future episodes, please let us know! 

    https://mcmillancomfg.com/
    https://mcmillancomfg.com/blog/

    Contact us at: info@mfgmonkey.com 

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    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Weekend Plans
    04:31 Weatherproofing Your Business for a Possible Recession
    07:22 Choosing the Right Accounting Software
    10:05 Understanding Profitability and Cash Flow
    34:58 Building Relationships with Banks and Securing Funding
    41:23 Financial Credibility for Nonprofits
    53:01 The Role of a Good Bookkeeper and Higher-Level Accounting Expertise

    • 1 hr 9 min
    MFG MONKEY | Chris Peer: Navigating Marketing in Manufacturing: Insights and Strategies

    MFG MONKEY | Chris Peer: Navigating Marketing in Manufacturing: Insights and Strategies

    Dustin sits down with Chris Peer to discuss the evolving role of marketing in the manufacturing industry, emphasizing the need for a clear value proposition and a strong marketing strategy. They highlight the importance of tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) and measuring return on investment (ROI). The conversation addresses the unique challenges small manufacturing companies face in marketing, covering topics like understanding the buyer's journey, creating a compelling website, and using analytics to drive decisions. Chris offers practical insights and resources to help small manufacturers improve their marketing efforts.

    Guest Contact Information 

    LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrispeer/

    SyncShow
    https://www.syncshow.com/

    Book link
    https://www.amazon.com/Great-Pillars-ROI-Driven-Marketing-Manufacturing-ebook/dp/B0C7S2Y2D2/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3PFA752I1ML98&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.fz9PojO213ZK0pJZJqJqDF69rjkveNiavsNhF0a4TNx2N3YH49S_mZp0zZ5YRnQq__DBayK5dKs4fgzoJWsDWxO1dcTHQRQ1gRuqx-eJ6PcWJMMnsKYJg15bL_yZM6vyNoUs5nAjXs3H9bfoWI8pR4oUEg_B6uNCrSqyk41LzwFPAzRunLZU7K2KPUY3zIfuKe3XV5H02MXeyAT6fLXc1brcJwhKFZ4BSGaxwwb5F2s.xUASbsKaUuGvkqjBiBDsNnOSnYMsVcYNIxn0o4FznnA&dib_tag=se&keywords=christopher+peer&qid=1715386419&sprefix=christopher+pear%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-1

    If you have any questions, comments, or topics you'd like to hear about in future episodes, please let us know! 

    https://mcmillancomfg.com/
    https://mcmillancomfg.com/blog/

    Contact us at: info@mfgmonkey.com 

    Subscribe today & help fabricate the future! 

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and the Importance of Marketing in Manufacturing
    02:32 Crafting a Compelling Value Proposition and Messaging
    06:25 The Significance of a Marketing Strategy
    12:29 Tracking KPIs and Measuring ROI
    35:07 Marketing Challenges for Small Manufacturing Companies
    39:02 The Importance of a Strong Value Proposition
    44:32 Creating an Effective Marketing Team
    53:26 The Role of a Website in Marketing
    59:28 Using Templates and Guides for Efficiency
    01:05:13 Analyzing Data through Analytics and Reporting

    • 1 hr 6 min
    MFG MONKEY | Zach Haddock: High volume demand, Static Challenges, & Tight Tolerances

    MFG MONKEY | Zach Haddock: High volume demand, Static Challenges, & Tight Tolerances

    Zach Haddock from Preco joins Dustin McMillan on MFG Monkey to talk about their experiences in the converting industry. They discuss Preco's guidance in handling challenging projects, share a passion for teaching, and even explore their mutual interest in scuba diving. Zach reflects on his journey in converting, from screen printing to sales at Preco. The conversation covers the industry's diversity, capital equipment investments, challenges like static, and its role in producing components for EV batteries. They delve into die-cutting capabilities, high-volume demands, tight tolerances, and the importance of collaboration.

    Guest Contact Information

    LinkedIn
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/zach-haddock/

    Preco.LLC
    https://www.precollc.com/

    If you have any questions, comments, or topics you'd like to hear about in future episodes, please let us know! 

    https://mcmillancomfg.com/
    https://mcmillancomfg.com/blog/

    Contact us at: info@mfgmonkey.com 

    Subscribe today & help fabricate the future! 

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Appreciation
    01:19 The Importance of Guidance and Support
    08:36 Passion and Success in Your Career
    13:09 Underwater Adventures: Scuba Diving
    27:59 The Diversity and Challenges of the Converting Industry
    32:56 The Importance of Confidence in Capital Equipment Investments
    36:38 Addressing Static Issues in the Converting Process
    48:11 The Role of Converting in the EV Industry
    52:27 Challenges and Opportunities in Producing Components for EV Batteries
    55:25 Meeting High-Volume Demands
    56:55 Exploring Green Energy
    58:00 Tight Tolerances in Die Cutting
    01:09:00 Challenges of Low-Volume Jobs
    01:13:20 Specialized Gasket Manufacturing
    01:16:25 Options for Low-Volume Cutting
    01:18:07 Improving Low-Volume Capabilities
    01:19:13 Importance of Collaboration

    • 1 hr 18 min
    MFG MONKEY | Aaron Patrick: Unlocking Ohio's Manufacturing Potential

    MFG MONKEY | Aaron Patrick: Unlocking Ohio's Manufacturing Potential

    In this week's episode, Dustin interviews Aaron Patrick, State Director for Manufacturing Assistance Programs at the Ohio Department of Development. Aaron discusses the role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program in supporting small and medium-sized manufacturers in Ohio, emphasizing company culture, workforce retention, and community engagement. He provides insights into changing employee motivators, MEP initiatives like supply chain management and reshoring, and manufacturing topics including automation, cybersecurity, and ISO certification. The conversation underscores the importance of continuous process improvement and partnership.

    where you can find Aaron

    linkedin
    aaron-patrick-776685ba

    Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP)
    https://development.ohio.gov/business/small-business-and-entrepreneurship/ohio-manufacturing-extension-partnership


    If you have any questions, comments, or topics you'd like to hear about in future episodes, please let us know!

    https://mcmillancomfg.com/

    Contact us at: info@mfgmonkey.com 

    Subscribe today & help fabricate the future! 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    MFG MONKEY | Ryan Retcher: Unveiling Entrepreneurial Insights

    MFG MONKEY | Ryan Retcher: Unveiling Entrepreneurial Insights

    This week, Dustin sits down with Ryan Retcher to unravel his journey from a decade in banking to becoming an investor and venture capitalist. They explore entrepreneurship nuances, failures, and resilience. The episode emphasizes the importance of team culture, transparency, and appreciation in handling business challenges. Ryan's analogy comparing a business to a ship adds a unique perspective. Tune in for valuable insights into the entrepreneurial journey. #BusinessJourney #TeamCulture #EntrepreneurshipInsights

    Find Ryan at...
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-retcher/

    LoudX / LOUD Capital
    https://www.loudx.vc/

    If you have any questions, comments, or topics you'd like to hear about in future episodes, please let us know! 

    https://mcmillancomfg.com/

    Contact us at: info@mfgmonkey.com 

    Subscribe today & help fabricate the future! 

    • 59 min
    MFG MONKEY | Emily Wilkins : Building a Radical Brand

    MFG MONKEY | Emily Wilkins : Building a Radical Brand

    Join Dustin in an engaging conversation with Emily Wilkins, who is on a mission to empower job shops to revolutionize their marketing by crafting a Radical brand that authentically reflects their identity and irresistibly attracts their desired audience. They explore the significance of a strong brand, simplifying website development, maximizing social media presence, and embracing authenticity. Don't miss out on this week's episode of MFG MONKEY for invaluable insights and more!

    Find Emily at...
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilyjoannwilkins/

    Marketing Metal
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/marketing-metal/

    https://www.instagram.com/marketingmetal/?hl=en

    If you have any questions, comments, or topics you'd like to hear about in future episodes, please let us know! 

    https://mcmillancomfg.com/

    Contact us at: info@mfgmonkey.com 

    Subscribe today & help fabricate the future! 

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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Really good content

Dustin’s show has great content and his passion for manufacturing and his business is incredible. Within a week of being a guest on his show we secured a new client. Thanks for hosting me.

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Take the time...

Some may think hearing other people’s stories is not helpful, however I beg to defer. I enjoyed listening and found relatable information to help me and my business.

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Amazing informational podcast

I don’t just say this because it is our, but the best thing about this podcast is the information that is shared with its viewer!

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