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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.

Fifth-Annual Top Shops Survey Now Online


Benchmark your machining business against others to see how you stack up against leading discrete parts manufacturers in the United States.

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.



2015 Top Shops Survey: Time’s Almost Up

By: Derek Korn
Our fifth annual Top Shops benchmarking survey closes at the end of the month. Take time to participate before it’s too late.

A Side Benefit to Benchmarking: Gaining a Customer

By: Derek Korn
An aerospace company that read about a Top Shops Honors Program winner in 2013 eventually became a new customer for that shop.

Fifth Annual Top Shops Benchmarking Survey Online

By: Derek Korn
Benchmark your machining business against others to see how you stack up against leading discrete parts manufacturers in the United States. The online survey runs through February.

Benchmarking Side Benefit: Gaining a Customer

By: Derek Korn
JD Machine was a Top Shops Honors Program winner in 2013. An aerospace company that read about the award eventually became a new customer.

Fifth-Annual Top Shops Survey Now Online

By: Derek Korn
Benchmark your machining business against others to see how you stack up against leading discrete parts manufacturers in the United States.


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