As seen in PF

  • A Procurement Fable

    What finishers can learn from a beekeeping squirrel.

  • The Marketing Process

    Just like finishing, growing your brand is a process.

  • Advice from the Grave

    A lesson in humility from Ettore Barbatelli.

  • Want to Communicate More? Communicate Less

    Amazon teaches a lesson in counter-intuitive thinking.

  • Ten Ways to Kill a Sales Call

    Little things salespeople do wrong that make a big impact on the customer relationship. Matt explains 10 things you should avoid.

  • Qualifive! The Five Answers Needed to Qualify Any Finishing Account

    Often the exuberance that follows the identification of a potentially great lead eclipses the need to confirm that the prospect is a good fit for the coater and vice-versa. Thus the need to aggressively qualify new sales leads by securing the answers to five key questions as early in the sales process as possible. I call this group of five qualification questions “Qualifive.”

  • What’s Trending in Manufacturing?

    A look at trends in process improvement, purchasing and technology as we head into the new year.

  • Killing the Call Report

    Is there an alternative to the painful call report process that so often results in unproductive conflict?

  • Lean on the Coater

    Generally, the most practical starting line for improving product flow is at the end-user of a manufacturer’s products—understanding final customer demand and preferences and then arranging the supply chain in a fashion that delivers on these factors.

  • American Finishing Material Handling Cart

    American Finishing Resources’ universal material handling cart features fully interchangeable uprights and cross arms, custom-designed for each manufacturer’s different production parts.

  • Bridging the Sales-Operations Divide

    Matt Kirchner recently assembled a group of manufacturing industry sales and operations professionals to define "Rules of Engagement," a group comprised of seven individuals with combined experience exceeding 120 years. Here's what they came up with.

  • Two Hours a Day in the “Gemba”

    Spending time on the shop floor can save your job and your business. Gemba is a Japanese word meaning “real place.” In business, the gemba is the place where value is created. In manufacturing, the gemba is the shop floor.

  • Business Pet Peeves

    Little inconsiderations can have a big impact on your business, your team and your perception in the industry. Sweat this small stuff.

  • Is Yours a Blame Game Culture?

    Management expert Matt Kirchner says pointing the finger at someone else doesn’t solve the problem

  • Kirchner's "Scoreboard" Finds Its Way On Shop Walls

    Max Coatings owner "borrows" Kirchner's "Plant Performance Goals" scoresheet

  • ‘They Never Call Me Back.’ No Kidding.

    Get creative to set yourself apart and get prospective customers to hear you out.

  • KIRCHNER: Must-See TV: “Finishing: Impossible”

    Columnist Matt Kirchner tells us what reality TV can teach us about transforming your finishing shop.

  • Matt Kirchner: God Created the Finisher, Too

    Columnist Matt Kirchner writes about a recent Super Bowl commercial of Paul Harvey’s adage that on the eighth day, God created the farmer. But the ninth day was productive as well.

  • Like the Farmer, God Created the Finisher, Too

    A recent Super Bowl commercial reminded us of Paul Harvey’s adage that on the eighth day, God created the farmer. But the ninth day was productive as well.

  • Ensuring Your Next Kaizen Event is a Colossal Failure

    Finishers all over the United States are using Kaizen events to improve efficiency and better respond to the voice of the customer. Though some are achieving their goals, many —­ if not most — are failing.

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