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TOP SHOPS

Shop Talk Educational Series

Key Drivers of Revenue and Profit Margin at Top Shops

Hear from Steve Kline, Jr., Chief Data Officer at Gardner Business Media, about the latest trends and insights discovered from 2020's Modern Machine Shop's Top Shops benchmarking program. Gardner Intelligence uses data from all the previous Top Shops surveys — taken by more than 3,000 shops — and applies sophisticated modeling techniques to determine what drives performance at successful machining businesses. Specifically, it shines light on what drives high margin, gross sales per machine and gross sales per employee. Find out where your company stacks up and how you can better your shop operations and investments for a successful future.

Tuesday, October 6

10:00 am - 11:00 am Central

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Tuesday, October 13

10:00 am - 11:00 am Central

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4 Things Top Shops Do to Stay on Top: A Discussion with the 2020 Honorees

Join Matt Danford, Senior Editor of Modern Machine Shop, as he congratulates the 2020 Top Shops Honorees and discusses with them what the Top Shops program means to them, how they got here, and where they are going. Representatives from each of these four stand-out shops will be recognized, one shop for each category that the survey covers: Machining Technology, Shopfloor Practices, Business Strategies, and Human Resources. Grab some coffee, and connect with these leading shops on their contribution to the manufacturing community and the tools and technologies that will help them continue to lead and succeed. 

Secrets to Running a Successful CNC Machining Business

Join Matt Danford, Senior Editor of Modern Machine Shop, as he "talks shop" with past Top Shops Honorees. Learn how the Top Shops benchmarking program has taken their shop to the next level and how they continue to develop and adapt their organization to these ever-changing times.

Tuesday, October 20

10:00 am - 11:00 am Central

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Tuesday, October 27

10:00 am - 11:00 am Central

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From Benchmarking to Business Development - What’s Next for Top Shops?

Top Shops is expanding! For 10 years, Top Shops has helped job shops and contract manufacturers better understand and better run their businesses. During IMTS Spark, Top Shops Director of Strategic Engagement, Dave Necessary, will discuss some exciting new ways Top Shops is helping job shops and contract manufacturers not only know their business, but grow their business through Top Shops. If you own or operate a machining business or are charged with sales, marketing or business development at a machining business, this session is a must attend.