Jason Zenger & Jim Carr

CO-HOSTS — MAKINGCHIPS PODCAST

“One of the reasons why IMTS chose to partner with MakingChips is because their vision for the manufacturing industry – to elevate manufacturing, to advance technology, to equip the leaders out there and everyone in the industry – is very similar to what Jim and I envision for MakingChips,” says Zenger.

Laurel and Hardy. Felix and Oscar. Jason and Jim. Different is good, which is why “Think Differently about Manufacturing” happens to be the tagline for MakingChips podcast. For the second time, co-hosts Jason Zenger and Jim Carr will be streaming their podcast live from IMTS 2018, this year on the Grand Concourse Stage daily starting at noon. The podcasts will contain a line-up of featured guests, including visitors, exhibitors and luminaries, who will be inspiring and equipping their peers at IMTS 2018.

Jason Zenger & Jim Carr, Co-Hosts of MakingChips Podcast

“One of the reasons why IMTS chose to partner with MakingChips is because their vision for the manufacturing industry – to elevate manufacturing, to advance technology, to equip the leaders out there and everyone in the industry – is very similar to what Jim and I envision for MakingChips,” says Zenger.

Jim Carr (at right) and Jason Zenger (middle) interview Douglas K. Woods, President - AMT. During IMTS 2018, the MakingChips duo will podcast live from the Grand Concourse stage at noon each day.

Carr wants it noted that this partnership helps to communicate the mission of MakingChips and IMTS, as both endeavor to create an environment that encourages thinking differently about manufacturing.

“It’s all about being different,” says Carr. “We think that being different is a good thing. So, go ahead, be different, start dreaming and then start doing.”

MakingChips began as a dream following the co-hosts’ appearance on an AM radio show. In 2015, after about a year of planning, Zenger and Carr decided to give the podcast a shot.

“Our original mission was to have this peer-to-peer media platform to help other like-minded manufacturing leaders,” says Carr. “The audience has really grasped the essence of the show, now topping over 300,000 downloads to date and conversely has attracted big-name sponsorship”

Remote broadcasts are part of normal business for the MakingChips duo of (L-R) Jason Zenger and Jim Carr, shown here doing their best Blues Brothers impersonation.

Zenger and Carr, while they often explore subject matter on their own, will bring in manufacturing experts and inspirational leaders to tell their stories. “When we started MakingChips, we felt there was a void for this type of platform,” says Zenger. “There could be a thousand other manufacturing leaders experiencing something that someone brings to MakingChips, and they resonate with these stories. The metal working nation has really embraced us.”

Size Doesn’t Matter

As owners of their own small manufacturing companies*, Carr and Zenger would love to see every small shop in the country at IMTS 2018.

“What I have found is that we all, whether we’re from a large manufacturing company or a small shop, have the same challenges. We’re all in this together,” says Carr. “Some of my best friends have 200-man machine shops here in Chicago, and when I talk with them, I learn they have identical problems to those in my eight-person shop. Even on a different scale, we all share the same problems, and if we come together as a community through IMTS and share our issues and dreams, we can make big things happen.”

The success of MakingChips comes from the interplay of its hosts and their distinctive personalities. Zenger (with microphone) delights in pranks.

Zenger agrees that company size doesn’t matter when it comes to attending IMTS. “You still need to dream and have the vision for where you want your company to go,” says Zenger. “Coming to IMTS really helps to form that vision and get the tools in place, very much the same way that MakingChips does.”

Manufacturing is a tight-knit group, according to Carr, saying that, “We genuinely care about each other and want everyone to be successful in their endeavors.” Zenger observes that, “Manufacturing is different from every other industry out there. There’s just something different about these people, and you resonate with them in a way that is like a brotherhood or sisterhood.”

There’s that word again and again: Different. To make tomorrow different than today, there’s no better place than starting with the technology on display and connections that can be made at IMTS 2018.

* Carr Machine & Tool and ZENGERS Industrial Supply. Read Jim Carr’s story and Jason Zenger’s story.

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