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Gear Expo Day 1

The first day of Gear Expo has been a resounding success. We’ve heard from a number of exhibitors who all report that business is good, foot traffic has been steady,

Gear Talk With Chuck

Automation, Regulations and Job Creation

Robots, self driving cars, and artificial intelligence are popular topics in business publications. Depending upon the writer’s perspective, they are either the greatest thing since sliced bread or the beginning

Gear Talk With Chuck

Thinking Big

My local newspaper’s lead story today concerned the explosive demolition of a highway bridge in nearby Tionesta, PA. As luck would have it, our most recent Sunday afternoon meander took

Gear Talk With Chuck

Appreciating the Shiny Stuff

I lament the rise of the “Service Economy.” This past Friday was National Manufacturing Day; I did not know that until my editor brought it to my attention. Once upon

Gear Talk With Chuck

How Much Education is Enough?

My last posting may have left you thinking I was anti-intellectual. Far from it; my point is that education is fundamentally different than training. Training teaches you to perform a

Gear Talk With Chuck

Education vs. Training

Buried deep within the never ending debate on job growth is a fundamental misunderstanding on the difference between education and training. I am a strong supporter of traditional apprenticeship programs

Gear Talk With Chuck

Is There a Future in Gears?

I have several vivid memories of my first week as an apprentice back in 1971. One was the shock of getting a printout from Human Resources in my first paycheck

Gear Talk With Chuck

Where Did All the Big Projects Go?

Remembering the “good old days” too often or too fondly is an occupational hazard for a veteran blogger like me. I try to temper “story time” with reflections upon how

Gear Talk With Chuck

Who Do You Think You Are?

My last posting recommended preparing an “elevator pitch” ahead of attending the AGMA Fall Technical Meeting and Gear Expo. I have gone through this exercise frequently over the years and

Gear Talk With Chuck

What is Your Elevator Pitch?

Networking is an important part of business life these days; it always has been. Internet sites like LinkedIn promise to connect us to other like-minded individuals who can assist us