Fabricator’s Coach

Fabricator’s Coach

Reduce the Chaos • Make More Money • Get Your Life Back


November 18, 2022 49 min

Will you have a place to sit, or will you be “out’ of the game?  In the game of musical chairs, we have to guess when the music will stop and hope that, when it does, we will have a place to sit so we can continue to play the game.  Otherwise, we are out.

We know the economy is shaky.

Would you rather ‘guess’ when the music is going to stop – when this super strong demand for countertops will end – and hope you will still be able t...

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Do you feel like your business is running you into the ground?

Do you feel like you always have to be at the shop just to make sure the business functions properly?

Do you think it’s just impossible to get away and relax?


If you find yourself answering ‘Yes’ to these questions, then you should consider this question:  Are you a fabricator or are you a business owner?


Mentioned in this webinar-to-podcast:

Traction: Get a Grip on...

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October 6, 2022 2796 min

Have you ever had a month when sales were strong, you worked harder than ever, yet your month-end Profit and Loss statement (P&L) showed poor results?

Being able to quantify which market segments and which specific customers are financially better for your business is an essential piece of preparing for an economic slow-down. While you already have a good intuitive feel, learning the calculations discussed in this webinar can q...

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We all know that, if we want our business to improve, we have to change something about how we run it. While it can be tough to know what to change, it can be even tougher to begin the change process. Even more challenging is implementing changes that will truly last.

Join Ed and fellow fabricators discussing this challenge.

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July 29, 2022 47 min

Even if you don’t need to increase sales for your shop today, you soon will if we hit the recession that the newsreaders are forecasting.  If that happens, you are going to need a sound marketing strategy and implementation plan that doesn’t rely on pricing to get sales leads.  You will also need new sales techniques to effectively convert those leads to booked sales. This podcast discusses options you can execute.

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June 22, 2022 44 min

We don’t know when it will happen, but this phenomenally tight labor market will eventually loosen up.  Until then, we still need to run our shops profitably.  This requires taking a different approach to how we utilize the people we already have as well as how we recruit and retain new employees.  


Listen to this session with fellow fabricators as they discuss how to make the most of the people you already have and how to make ...

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This podcast discusses with Fabricators from across the US whether they:

  • have months of backlog and need MORE CAPACITY NOW, or
  • have significant production capacity that is not being used - and need MORE SALES NOW.
  • When Fab Shop owners prefer to have excess capacity, they often think this gives them time to respond quickly to a customer need, because they can drop a job into the schedule. However, this creates a cultural lack of urge...

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    Someone once asked me how to know if a business had grown too big for the owner to manage. 


    I think the answer is, if you can’t get your business to generate consistently good results, or if you have management problems in your business that you don’t know how to resolve, the business may be outgrowing your ability to manage it. 


    One key to managing your business well is understanding the true capacity of your shop. If you don’...

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    The fewer jobs in your shop (work in process – WIP), the shorter your lead time.  Having a lot of jobs in your shop means your lead times may be longer than you like. Lean is a popular process improvement tool and it pushes for the lowest inventory to generate the shortest lead times possible – and, therefore, great competitive advantage.  So, if we want short lead times, then this must be the best business solution, right?

    WRONG! ...

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    Countertop Fabricators! Would you like to be able to process 10 percent more square footage through your plant every day – without additional capital investment, without adding people, and without working additional hours?

    You can get that very quickly if you apply the simple principles discussed in this podcast from a Fabricators Coach webinar.

    Ed discusses Value Added and Non-Value Added activities and how to use some basic tools...

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    March 28, 2022 47 min

    Some days your shop runs pretty smoothly, but many days are filled with entirely too much chaos. This session discusses how to have fewer of the chaotic days and more of the sane days.

  • FIRST: DECIDE 03:30
  • In this public coaching session, we discuss the first critical steps of this trip to less chaos in this coaching-session-turned-podcast. And, I want to thank th...

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    March 5, 2022 31 min

    This episode discusses the article of the same name published in The Slippery Rock Gazette in December of 2020. It is taken from the January 2021 webinar and answered questions about the article and the process.

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    This podcast comes from the February 18, 2022 webinar of the same name. If you want to find out more about how to implement measures that you can share with your whole team, and use to drive better company performance and better control of your business, this is your Podcast! 

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