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Matt Kirchner: God Created the Finisher, Too

By: Matthew Kirchner

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

By: Matthew Kirchner

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.
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Ensuring Your Next Kaizen Event is a Colossal Failure

By: Matthew Kirchner

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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To PO or Not to PO . . . that is the Question

By: Matthew Kirchner

They may be a hassle, but purchase orders save countless mistakes and unnecessary costs.
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Quarterbacks, Power Forwards, Olympians and Benchmarking

By: Matthew Kirchner

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 us and then take steps to improve in those areas?
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The Coatings Rework Nightmare

By: Matthew Kirchner

How company mindset in a quandary can make or break a finishing operation.
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Matt Kirchner: Porter’s Five Forces in the Finishing Industry

By: Matthew Kirchner

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.
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A Fight for the Future of Finishing Shops

By: Matthew Kirchner

The driving force of changes is often a generational battle, too.
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The Keys To World-Class Finishing

By: Matthew Kirchner

What underperforming finishers don’t know (that good ones do)
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Redneck Jokes and Finishing

By: Matthew Kirchner

At the ECOAT 2012 Conference in Orlando, Fla., last month, we addressed the topic “What Underperforming Finishers Don’t Know (That Good Ones Do).”
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Five Trends in Surface Finishing

By: Matthew Kirchner

Consider market and industry trends, and modify strategy to take advantage of them
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Predictive Analytics

By: Matthew Kirchner

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 before anyone else?
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