Swarfcast Ep. 13 – Jason Zenger on “Making Chips” and the Industrial Supplies Business

By Noah Graff

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In today’s podcast I interviewed Jason Zenger, president of Zenger’s Industrial Supply, in Melrose Park, Illinois, a company that specializes in selling tooling and industrial supplies to the metal working industry. Jason also has a popular podcast called “Making Chips,” which he cohosts with Jim Carr of Carr Machine & Tool.

Jason and I discussed how he eventually came to work at his family’s business and how it has grown and modernized over the years. Rather than simply distribute commodity products the company’s strategy is to become its customers’ single source supplier for tooling and machining accessories like drills, inserts, hand tools, etc.

I see some parallels between Jason’s podcast “Making Chips” and Today’s Machining World’s “Swarfcast” in our focus on similar topics in the metal working industry. Also for those of you baffled by our podcast’s and blog’s name, “Swarf” actually is a reference to the chips and grime in the belly of a metal cutting machine. One major difference between our podcasts is that “Swarfcast” is hosted by machinery dealers, while “Making Chips” is produced in the lens of a tooling and machinery supplies vender, and the owner of a machining company in Jim Carr.

Listen to “Making Chips” at https://www.makingchips.com/, or any apps (iTunes, etc.) where you get your podcasts.

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2 thoughts on “Swarfcast Ep. 13 – Jason Zenger on “Making Chips” and the Industrial Supplies Business

  1. Grimstod

    So far it has been really good for my business. I can say I have five products right now that would not be a possibility without them.

     
  2. Nancy

    Interesting podcast. Jason graduated from the same college I did although with many years in between. I found Jason’s comments thought provoking and enjoyed your questions. I felt that some of the questions were things we talked about during my interview of you for our recent manufacturing day, so the similarities and differences were interesting.
    I’m wondering how many followers of his podcasts he has and how he has built his listening audience.
    Fun!

     

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