Matthew Kirchner

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The Soft Cost of In-house Rework

By: Matthew Kirchner

Why it pays to get it right the first time

If Walt Disney Were a Surface Finisher

By: Matthew Kirchner

Tips for Quality and Service from the Magic Kingdom

Then Came the Plant Tour

By: Matthew Kirchner

When it comes to winning new business, Actions speak louder than words

Profitability is a Result

By: Matthew Kirchner

The year was 1994.

Must-Read Books for Surface Finishers

By: Matthew Kirchner

The successful surface finishing manager of the future will: A) Display a keen understanding of how the manufacturing economy and surface finishing industry evolve.
#economics

A Hunt for the Elusive Surface Finishing Economic Forecast

By: Matthew Kirchner

During a 30-day period this year, I pulled the following headlines related to the U.S. economy from various periodicals.
#economics

What’s the Good Word?

By: Matthew Kirchner

What finishers really want from suppliers.

Confessions of a Core Values Convert (I Thought Mission Statements were Stupid)

By: Matthew Kirchner

My name is Matt Kirchner and I am a Core Values Convert.

Charlie Sheen, Elephants and Really Big Finishing Deals

By: Matthew Kirchner

From time to time I like to pop in Oliver Stone’s classic 1987 film “Wall Street.”

Captive Operation or Outsource? That is the Question

By: Matthew Kirchner

It is a question regularly debated in executive strategy sessions and corporate board rooms.

Surface Finishing Management Myths

By: Matthew Kirchner

Surface Finishing Management Myth: (sûrfs ‘fi-nishi[ng] mnj-mnt ‘mith) n. 1.
#management

Think You’re in the Finishing Business? Think Again...

By: Matthew Kirchner

What business are you in?” The typical response from someone in our industry might be, “I’m in surface finishing,” or, “My family owns a metal plating company,” or, “I manage the powder coating operation for XYZ Company.” While the aforementioned statements might explain some of the services your operation provides, I believe that none of them truly describe the aspect of your business that will be most critical to your future success.