A Practical Podcast

For results-driven manufacturers that want to become even better leaders and problem solvers anytime anywhere. Updated regularly with new episodes.

Selecting Your Next Plant Location

Justin Erickson and Royce Pavelka
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #72

Enjoy this week’s episode featuring Justin Erickson and Royce Pavelka with The Brookshire Company, as we talk about the top site selection mistakes they’ve seen made, and what you can do to avoid them.

2022 Manufacturer of the Year Winners

Kent Djubek, Kirby Sneen, Dale Hentges, & Brian L. Johnson,
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #69

The winners of the 2022 Manufacturer of the Year Award Winners share their growth, lessons learned, and what they are most excited for in the coming year!

Better, Faster Project Management

Scottie Holmes
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #70

Great companies know how to set goals, figure out what barriers they are facing, and develop a plan to overcome those barriers. But that’s not the hard part – The hard part is executing on the projects that make up the plan! Enjoy this week’s conversation with 30-year project management veteran Scottie Holmes as he shares how to overcome these challenges and a few more.

Three Tools Every Problem Solver Must Know

Kirby Sneen & Brittany Bowling
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #69

On this week’s episode, Kirby Sneen and Brittany Bowling discuss the three tools every problem solver must know, the value they bring when applied, and examples from member companies and the Manufacturers Alliance team.

Budgeting for Your CI Training

Jon Sillerud
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #68

If you’ve ever been denied training because of a lack of funding, or are apprehensive about approaching the boss for a bigger training budget, you won’t want to miss this conversation with Jon Sillerud, the VP of operations for Uponor.

Breaking Down Silos

Michael Muilenburg
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #67

We’ve all experienced the negative impacts that silos can make, whether it is between departments or shifts within a company. On this week’s episode Kirby Sneen and Michael Muilenburg share how to strategically get people to work together so that everyone wins!

Overcome the Talent Shortage With Data

Kate Brown
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #66

If you want a growth-oriented and possibility-driven perspective on how to address the talent shortage using data, you won’t want to miss this week’s Podcast episode featuring Kate Brown.

How to Kill Your Company with Strategic Planning

Jeff Stone
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #65

Of all the ways a company can die, lack of sales, profit, poor product quality, ultra-high turnover, why is it that people should look out for strategic planning to be the cause of the death?

Managing Solvency During a Crisis

Julie Whitney
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #64

If you want to expand your business acumen, understand management concerns, and learn more about how you can improve the financial performance of your company, then check out this week’s Podcast Episode featuring Julie Whitney.

Becoming Successful Women in a Male-dominated Industry

Shannon Karels & Kathy Miller
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #63

Listen as Shannon Karels and Kathy Miller share their insights in how to strategically develop relationships and a community filled with diverse teams that help everyone grow, and get better.