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Quarterbacks, Power Forwards, Olympians and Benchmarking
What if there was a way to determine how we are performing financially compared with companies similar to our own? What if we could compare our results with theirs on an even playing field? What if we could determine where others are outperforming u...
Columns Published: 11/1/2012
The Coatings Rework Nightmare
How company mindset in a quandary can make or break a finishing operation.
Columns Published: 10/1/2012
Matt Kirchner: Porter’s Five Forces in the Finishing Industry
Higher barriers to entry, minimal competitive rivalry, fewer substitutes and less powerful customers and suppliers—pay heed to Porter’s Five Forces and your next expansion will more likely be a lucrative one.
Columns Published: 9/1/2012
A Fight for the Future of Finishing Shops
The driving force of changes is often a generational battle, too.
Columns Published: 7/1/2012
The Keys To World-Class Finishing
What underperforming finishers don’t know (that good ones do)
Columns Published: 6/1/2012
Redneck Jokes and Finishing
At the ECOAT 2012 Conference in Orlando, Fla., last month, we addressed the topic “What Underperforming Finishers Don’t Know (That Good Ones Do).”
Columns Published: 5/1/2012
Five Trends in Surface Finishing
Consider market and industry trends, and modify strategy to take advantage of them
Columns Published: 4/12/2012
Predictive Analytics
Imagine for the moment you could predict the future. Suppose you could foretell how your customers, employees or suppliers would behave during the next year or two. How would you use the information? Would you introduce a new finish to the market be...
Columns Published: 3/1/2012
The Number One Problem Facing Surface Finishers Today
With nearly one in five American workers either unemployed or underemployed it seems inconceivable that coaters and manufacturers alike would have such a difficult time finding the right people. Mention this problem to a friend working outside the m...
Columns Published: 1/1/2012
And You Can Quote Me on That!
Eight memorable quotes to run your business by.
Columns Published: 10/25/2011



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