Made in America Series

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Tune in as leaders of manufacturing companies share with Ari Santiago how they overcame business challenges and found new ways to excel.

Building relationships: Jacob Litke, Skillcraft Machine Tool Company

Business is all about relationships, even in specialized tool manufacturing!

In this episode, Ari and Jacob Litke talk about the relationships that have grown Skillcraft Machine Tool. Jacob tells Ari about the successful ownership transition from his Father as well as his relationships with employees. He discusses the success of their apprenticeship program as well. 


Ari and Jacob also dig into what Lean Manufacturing means in a low-mix, high volume setting - and it's pretty different than what we've heard from a lot of other manufacturers!

We learn something new from every podcast episode!

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Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business, Gino Wickman


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Podcast: made in america

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Ari and Jacob discuss:

Family business



High-Mix, Low-Volume manufacturing

Succession planning

Lean manufacturing




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