What Makes Us Different

Any manufacturing operation knows, it's not going to go 100% to plan. You're going to hit a roadblock. You're going to have a quality concern or a delivery concern that has to be overcome. An aluminum extruder was subcontracting the machining and they got the prototypes and sent them to me and I was kind of shocked at the quality of the machining that was done. We have used

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The Word of the Year

A few years ago, I read a story about an author who chose a single word to be a point of  focus for the new year.  She listed some of the words that she chose over the year but I really don’t remember any of them.  In fact, I thought the idea was hokey.

Until I gave it a try.

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I Meet The Nicest People

I Meet The Nicest People

GUEST BLOG: This blog was originally published on the Turning Point column of Production Machining by Chris Koepfer.

As most of you who follow PM know, I get to visit many people and places as part of my editorial job. Hopefully, it’s one reason you “tune in” each month. With many miles and too many years under my belt, it is still a thrill to get into the field to meet and learn from America’s “makers” and pass some of that on to you.

Sometimes even a grizzled old veteran like me gets a surprise from one of these remarkable people that I’ve had the pleasure to meet and report on. This month’s cover story is about one such shop.  Read more

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We Care

By now, you know that sales, quality, delivery and safety are some of the things that are important to Advance because you know that we measure them, we talk about them at the Scoreboard meeting and we even reward for them. They are important. However, they are just elements of a bigger mission. That mission is to show that we care.

How many times have you gone to a restaurant or a store and been appalled at the service and you wonder, “does anyone even care?” We never, ever want to be that company.
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Is It Worth It?

In 1954, a milkshake mixer machine salesman sold eight of his mixers to a small road side restaurant in California that was booming with business. He was blown away by their ability to produce an order in under a minute. The brothers who owned the restaurant gave him a tour of their operation which was a model of systems and efficiency.

Eventually, the salesman struck a deal with the brothers that allowed him to franchise their business. The rest is history. That salesman was Ray Kroc, and the restaurant was McDonalds.

Before his death in 1984, Ray Kroc was the owner of the San Diego Padres and was worth about a billion dollars. He became a celebrity and was known as “The Founder”. Truly, a story of financial success.
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