Jon Baklund, owner of Baklund R&D, paints the picture of life in the CNC job shop. The customer base is widely varied, and each customer has unique requirements. Jon's crew of makers works every day on different challenges. Examples include machined or 3D printed pieces that will aid a surgeon, or go to Mars.
Jon doesn't necessarily hire machinists; in fact, he makes makers! Work ethic, punctuality, and good attitude is the combination that Jon looks for - the rest, he and his crew of makers will teach.
Our guest for the inagural episode of the show wrote a popular article for ThomasNet entitled "How to Spark Interest in Manufacturing Among Our Youth". We discuss the article, the skillsgap, the current state of manufacturing, and compare the way things were to the way things are now. The conversation revolves around what it takes to inspire youth to consider and get excited about a life in manufacturing.
Karen Norhiem is the Executive Vice President of American Crane & Equipment Corporation, located near Philadelphia with 3 separate plants totalling 226,000 Sq Ft housing over 180 skilled Employees. American is a leading manufacturer of cranes, hoists and other material handling equipment.