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Top Shops

“Top Shops” is a comprehensive benchmarking program for machine shops of all types and sizes. Using data from surveys completed by a number of machining businesses, Top Shops identifies optimal shopfloor practices as well as operational and business metrics that define world-class competitiveness in discrete parts manufacturing. Companies ranging from small job shops to large captive operations can see how they compare against the country’s leading machining businesses, which enables them to make sound decisions to emulate those identified as top-performing operations. Not only does the benchmarking data serve as a baseline “report card” of sorts for them, but it eliminates the need for shop executives to rely on gut feelings as a method of identifying and prioritizing improvement efforts.

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Top Shops’ Secrets to Success


What does it take to run an effective, profitable machining business? 2013 Top Shops benchmarking data sheds light.

Top Shops Leverage LinkedIn


Discuss shop topics with more than 1,000 of your peers at Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops LinkedIn Group.

Check out our 2013 Top Shops Digital Edition


Find benchmarking data, analysis and video in this custom digital magazine edition.

Access our 2013 Top Shops Executive Summary


This benchmarking Executive Summary enables you to compare your key performance metrics with industry leaders.



Top Shops extended deadline

Top Shops Survey Deadline Extended

By: Derek Korn
You now have until the end of this month to complete our fourth-annual Top Shops benchmarking survey.

Don’t Forget About the Top Shops Honors Program

By: Derek Korn
In addition to receiving benchmarking survey reports, participating shops have a chance to be profiled in Modern Machine Shop. Learn more.

Why Take the Top Shops Survey?

By: Derek Korn
Learn why it’s valuable to participate in our fourth-annual Top Shops benchmarking survey this month.

Because There’s More to a Shop than Machining

By: Derek Korn
It takes more than just having advanced equipment for a shop to be successful.

Why Take the Top Shops Survey?

By: Derek Korn
Here’s why it’s valuable to participate in our fourth-annual Top Shops benchmarking survey this month.


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