Joe Arvin

Joe Arvin is a veteran of the gear manufacturing industry. After 40 years at Arrow Gear Company, Joe Arvin is now President of Arvin Global Solutions (AGS). AGS offers a full range of consulting services to the manufacturing industry. His website is and he can be reached by email at (Bio last updated 2018-02-05 Contact Randy Stott, Managing Editor, with changes.)

Articles by Joe Arvin

  • Solutions for Your Process Engineer Shortage (January/February 2018)
    As you might imagine, I talk to many gear industry people through the course of my day-to-day activities. And there is one question that I hear over and over again. "Joe, we need an experienced gear process engineer. Do you know anyone who's available?"
  • Strategies for Building Your Business (November/December 2017)
    In this issue's column, Joe lays out the basic truth for most manufacturing companies: If you're not moving forward, you're falling behind.
  • The Valued Troublesome Employee (September/October 2017)
    I'm sure it comes as no surprise that finding skilled people to work in your manufacturing facility is no simple task. But after finding them, and investing in the development of their abilities, what happens when one of them - an employee your company really needs - becomes a troublesome employee? This is among the trickiest situations a manager can face.
  • You Cannot Rely on Labor Efficiency Reporting (July 2017)
    In manufacturing, we all know that tracking statistics on your operation is essential for understanding how you're doing, as well as identifying areas for improvement. But what does the efficiency metric actually tell you?
  • Can Lean Manufacturing Kill Your Job Shop (May 2017)
    The presidents of two manufacturing companies were having a drink in the lobby before the start of their trade association's annual meeting...
  • It Doesn't Matter How Efficient Your Plant Is (March/April 2017)
    To ensure profitability and avoid losses, accurately quoting jobs is the first line of defense.
  • Business Development for the New Year (January/February 2017)
    It's the New Year, and with it comes the opportunity to take a fresh look at your business objectives. Because business development is such a vital part of running a company, I'd like to present some guidelines I have found beneficial for securing new work and new customers.