Top 10 podcast episodes: What manufacturers are listening to

Top 10 podcast episodes: What manufacturers are listening to

April 1, 2024
In this podcast roundup, we unveil the most popular episodes of Great Question: A Manufacturing Podcast so far this year.

Earlier this year, the journalists from Endeavor Business Media’s Manufacturing Group joined together to launch Great Question: A Manufacturing Podcast. Created to provide news and information to workers throughout the industrial sector, the popular podcast series examines the trends, technologies, innovations, and leaders that are reshaping the manufacturing industry. Below are the 10 most downloaded podcast episodes so far this year.

1. The state of supply chains – What to expect in 2024

Kevin Jones is the editorial director for Endeavor Business Media’s Commercial Vehicle Group. Tyler Fussner is the managing editor/community manager at Supply Chain Connect. Adrian Selko is the senior editor for Material Handling & Logistics. Anna Smith is the news editor for IndustryWeek. These knowledgeable editors recently spoke with IndustryWeek editor in chief Robert Schoenberger about the current state of supply chains and predictions for 2024. 

2. Why entering contests is good for plant morale and productivity

Jill Jusko is executive editor for IndustryWeek and coordinates the brand’s Best Plants Awards Program, which annually salutes the leading manufacturing facilities in North America. Rick Bohan is the principal and CEO of Chagrin River Consulting. Brandon Davis is the vice president of Components at Dexter Axle Corp. The three industry professionals recently spoke with IndustryWeek editor in chief Robert Schoenberger about contests and how to use them to improve operations.

3. What’s ahead for manufacturing in 2024

As we prepare to close the books on 2023 and look ahead to the new year, IndustryWeek gathered top editors from several manufacturing media titles to discuss the year that was and the one to come. Sibling publications also owned by IndustryWeek parent company Endeavor Business Media offer unique insights on what manufacturers in different specialty markets have in common, and what's different.

4. Helping veterans transition from the military to manufacturing

Bill Leahy is the CEO at Renaissance Reliability, a veteran-owned and operated reliability and maintainability engineering consultancy dedicated to American manufacturers. Paul Lavoie is the Chief Manufacturing Officer for the State of Connecticut. The two worked closely on Unturning Steel, a documentary that helps provide service members with a path forward after returning home. In the film, Bill sets out on a hero’s journey to help his fellow veterans bring their talents to American manufacturing.

5. Introducing Great Question: A Manufacturing Podcast

Great Question: A Manufacturing Podcast offers news and information for the people who make, store and move things and those who manage and maintain the facilities where that work gets done. Manufacturers from chemical producers to automakers to machine shops can listen for critical insights into the technologies, economic conditions and best practices that can influence how to best run facilities to reach operational excellence.

6. The future of electric vehicles – What to expect in 2024

Kristin Dziczek is a policy adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and focuses on the economic impacts of the transition to low-carbon and automated transportation. Stephanie Valdez Streaty is director of Industry Insights for Cox Automotive. Kristin and Stephanie recently spoke with IndustryWeek editor in chief Robert Schoenberger about electric vehicles, how 2023 shaped up, and what to expect in the new year.

7. How the 2024 election may impact manufacturing

Karen Langhauser is chief content director at Pharma Manufacturing. Andy Hanacek is senior editor at Food Processing. Bob Vavra is senior content director for Machine Design and Power & Motion. These industry experts recently spoke with Laura Petrey, senior editor of IndustryWeek, about how the 2024 elections will impact manufacturing.

8. Keeping your workers safe in 2024

Dave Blanchard, editor in chief of EHS Today, recently spoke with managing editor Nicole Stempak and senior editor Adrienne Selko to examine some recent developments in occupational health and safety and what those changes might mean for safety professionals for the weeks and months to come. 

9. How to reduce the likelihood of workplace injuries

A recent report, The 2023 Travelers Injury Impact Report, analyzed more than 1.2 million workers compensation claims submitted from 2016 through 2020.The data is based on lost time claims from those accident years. Rich Ives, Travelers' vice president of workers compensation claims, and Chris Hayes, assistant vice president for workers compensation and transportation for Travelers, discuss the findings.

10. Who owns reliability at a plant?

Joe Kuhn, CMRP, former plant manager, engineer, and global reliability consultant, is now president of Lean Driven Reliability LLC. In our monthly podcast miniseries, Ask a Plant Manager, Joe considers a commonplace scenario facing the industry and offers his advice, as well as actions that you can take to get on track tomorrow. This episode offers insight on who should take ownership of reliability at your facility.

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