Matthew Kirchner Columnist

Matt Kirchner [pronounced “Kirkner”], an international speaker on topics of interest to business people, is President of Profit360, LLC, a Midwest provider of management advisory services to manufacturing, retail and service companies. Most recently, Kirchner served as the Chief Executive of American Finishing Resources, LLC (AFR). With facilities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana; and a transportation footprint encompassing twelve states, AFR is the largest provider of Industrial Coatings Removal and Paint Fixture and Hanger Design and Fabrication in the North America. In 2014 Kirchner and his private equity investment partner completed the sale of AFR to DuBois Chemicals. Thereafter he served as the President of AFR, an operating unit of DuBois Chemicals. Contact him at mkirchner@profit-360.com

No Secrets: The Real Open Door Policy

By: Matthew Kirchner

Managing expert Matt Kirchner shares how to foster a culture of inclusivity and trust for finishing and manufacturing businesses.

Matching Specialists to Specialties

By: Matthew Kirchner

Everyone has two or three fields that come naturally to them. Asking your team about their specialties may help you find ways to optimize your business.
#leadership

Brushing Up on Industry 4.0 Vocabulary

By: Matthew Kirchner

In this month’s Never Finished column, Matthew Kirchner discusses Industry 4.0 technology commonalities across industries and what they mean for finishers.

Getting Schooled in Finishing

By: Matthew Kirchner

Matt Kirchner proves it’s never too late to go back to school. He spent the summer learning more about finishing to become a better leader in the industry.

Manufacturing, Management and Racial Inequality

By: Matthew Kirchner

How can finishers take action about (not just discuss) racial inequality? Matthew Kirchner describes his ways of giving back to the community and promoting equality in manufacturing.
#management #workforcedevelopment

Answer the Reason for the Question

By: Matthew Kirchner

When coaters and finishers get questions from clients, Matthew Kirchner suggests addressing the concern behind the question.

TikTok, Finishing and Data Analytics

By: Matthew Kirchner

What can finishers learn from the social media app TikTok? Finishers have access to scores of data. Matthew Kirchner gives insight into how to use that information.

10 Things NOT to Do in a Virtual Meeting

By: Matthew Kirchner

The COVID crisis has triggered an evolution in the ways that we work and interact. Virtual meetings are here to stay, and, as we move forward, should be conducted with the same professionalism as in-person meetings.

Persevering Through a Crisis

By: Matthew Kirchner

Former Navy SEAL gives lessons for the finishing industry on how to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three Rules to Live by When Business Times Get Tough

By: Matthew Kirchner

Advice for business leaders in the finishing industry as the world reacts to the economic repercussions of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. 
#management

The World Created the Tech Ed Teacher

By: Matthew Kirchner

Inspiring young people toward careers in advanced manufacturing.
#workforcedevelopment

How a Generation Lost So Many Employability Skills

By: Matthew Kirchner

Before the next generation of advanced manufacturing talent comes of age, perhaps parents need to ask themselves whether overparenting is part of the employability skills problem.
#workforcedevelopment