Uncopyable: Creating an Unfair Advantage Over the Competition

11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Choose 1 of 2 sessions)  |  Wednesday, Sept 12 or Friday, Sept 14, 2018
Location: W181BC

If your business faces INTENSE COMPETITION and PRICE PRESSURE; needs new ideas for BUSINESS GROWTH; or is devolving towards COMMODITY STATUS; learn how to separate yourself from the competition! Marketing master Steve Miller will share insights from his new book (complimentary to all participants) of the same title:

  • What are the three foundation blocks of uncopyable?
  • Why your current marketing approach is probably backward
  • How to create an unbreakable attachment with your customers
  • How your new uncopyable status can explode referrals

Cost: $75 - includes lunch

The Unending Search for Qualified Labor

12:45 pm – 1:45 PM  |  Wednesday, Sept 12
Location: W181BC

Is one of your biggest headaches finding and keeping qualified employees? We might have an answer for you. Join an elite panel of your job shop peers as they share how they are managing and succeeding to overcome this major challenge.

Meet the Panel

  • Matt Guse, President, MRS Machining, Augusta, Wis.
    MRS Machining, a 2017 Top Shops Honors Program winner in the category of human resources, works closely with Cardinal Manufacturing, the in-school manufacturing program housed within the nearby Eleva-Strum School District. Guse works part-time as a football and basketball referee, which enables him to see if kids are team players on the field.
  • Mike Haupers, Founder, Swiss Precision Machining, Wheeling, Ill.
    Mike started SPM in a 2,600-sq.-ft. Chicago shop in 1979, with seven Swiss cam machines making dental components. Four decades later, SPM has expanded to a staff of 138 people who use 90 machines working out of a new 82,000-sq.-ft. facility. Through the years Mike has gained valuable insight into employee retention and has been acting on his succession plan.
  • Julie Hoban, CEO of JTD Enterprises, Chilton, Wis.
    Julie and her husband, Tom, started JTD Enterprises in 2001, a precision manufacturer that makes parts for a variety of industries. The company supports the machine tool program in the local trade schools and offers apprenticeships with the technical colleges as a way to grow their own skilled workers. They also strongly support the Wisconsin indentured apprenticeship program. Read more of Julie's story.
  • Rick Hoffman, CEO & Owner, EIMCo, Farley, Iowa
    EIMCo employs more than 150 people and fulfills parts orders in quantities from one to 100,000s. EIMCo offers apprenticeships and works with several local high schools and technical colleges to cultivate skills for his high-tech machine shop. Read more of Rick's story.

Cost: $75 – includes lunch

Session Bundle

Attend both sessions and you'll not only increase your chances to win the ESAB Welding & Cutting Garage Shop Package, you'll SAVE! The session bundle includes both Uncopyable: Creating an Unfair Advantage Over the Competition and The Unending Search for Qualified Labor panel sessions and lunch for $100. Register for these sessions when you register for IMTS 2018, or add them to an existing IMTS 2018 registration!

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Top Shops Workshop

Thursday, Sept 13, 2018
Location: W375C

This immersive workshop is designed by job shop, for job shops. The technical program and peer-to-peer discussion deliver practical solutions and business strategies that complement the variety of cutting-edge technologies on-display, serving as a valuable addition to your IMTS 2018 visit. Topics include:

  • Advanced Machining Technology
  • Business Strategy
  • Operational Benchmarking
  • Robots & Automation
  • Shop Floor Practices
  • Workforce Development
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Data-Driven Manufacturing

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Enter to Win a Welding & Cutting Garage Shop Package!

ESAB Garage Fab Contest Prize Package
Attend Job Shops events and get a chance to win a Welding & Cutting Garage Shop Package from ESAB! Click for more information.

ESAB is offering IMTS visitors an opportunity to upgrade their welding and cutting equipment. Entering is easy, just take the entry card you recieve when you attend any Job Shops event, and bring it to the ESAB booth (North Building, Level 3 - booth #236111). For every event you attend you get an entry, so the more events you attend, the better your chances are of winning!

Prize Package Includes:

  • Sentinel A50 Welding Helmet
  • Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 60i Hand Plasma Cutter
  • Victor Journeyman Edge 2.0 Gas Outfit
  • 1 of the following Rebel multi-process welders:
    • Rebel EMP215ic
    • Rebel EMP235ic
    • Rebel EMP285ic

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