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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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What It Takes to Be a Top Shop


Leading machine shops share signature traits. This year’s Top Shops benchmarking survey reveals what some of those traits are.

Read the 2014 Top Shops Benchmarking Executive Summary


See a comparison of Top Shops survey responses between the benchmarking group with the other shops that participated in this year’s survey.

Top Shops Leverage LinkedIn


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



Read the 2014 Top Shops Benchmarking Executive Summary

By: Derek Korn
See a comparison of Top Shops survey responses between the benchmarking group with the other shops that participated in this year’s survey.

What It Takes to Be a Top Shop

By: Derek Korn
Leading machine shops share signature traits. This year’s Top Shops benchmarking survey reveals what some of those traits are.

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.


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