Matthew Kirchner

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Powder Coating

Taking It to the Max: Throughput changes that amount to 300% finishing improvement.

By: Matthew Kirchner

When it comes to getting maximum throughput and optimal first pass yield from their finishing departments, Metalcraft of Mayville has quite a story to tell.
#curing

Electrocoating

The Number One Problem Facing Surface Finishers Today

By: Matthew Kirchner

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 manufacturing sector and your statement produces a confounded gape. Raise the issue with a coater and watch for the knowing acknowledgement. What’s the problem? There are three, actually.
#management

Liquid Coating

And You Can Quote Me on That!

By: Matthew Kirchner

Eight memorable quotes to run your business by.
#management

Liquid Coating

We're Here for You

By: Matthew Kirchner

Look for hidden opportunities to build loyalty.

Electroplating

You’re Fired

By: Matthew Kirchner

So think back to your first day on the job. Remember the healthy mix of enthusiasm, eagerness and anxiety wrapping around you. You likely had a list—mental or written—of how you could do it better than your predecessor.

Electroplating

KIRCHNER: The “Wasted Day”

By: Matthew Kirchner

An accidentally technology-free day yields unexpected productivity.
#management

Anodizing

What it Takes to be a Great Board Member

By: Matthew Kirchner

Whether you’re on a board yourself, or looking to start one, keep these five steps in mind.

In Defense of Private Equity

By: Matthew Kirchner

Employees who play their cards right can thrive in private companies.
#military

In a Sales Slump?

By: Matthew Kirchner

Perhaps you have begun 2011 in a bit of a sales slump. Maybe you recently experienced the nauseous pit in the core of your stomach we get when we find out a major customer is switching to our competitor.
#sales

The ABCs of Employees

By: Matthew Kirchner

What makes an “A Player” in the finishing industry.

Wasted Energy Equals Lost Profits

By: Matthew Kirchner

Energy costs can comprise upwards of 15% of the operating budget of a typical surface finishing operation.
#energy

Lessons of the Great Recession

By: Matthew Kirchner

If previous economic cycles are any indication, it won’t be long before finishers made slimmer and more productive by the Great Recession go back to the old ways.