In this Manufacturing Wins interview Kristin Carlson, president of Peerless Precision discusses how she got into the precision machining business, what to look for in a supplier, and the advantages of working with a partner versus working with a vendor. Kristin also summarizes what makes Peerless Precision a great choice for those companies seeking the tightest tolerances.
Kristin Carlson grew up in a manufacturing family, but she never expected to work in one. Her experience outside of the shop gave her a unique perspective when it came time to follow in her father’s footsteps. In this episode, Kristin shares what she’s doing to dispel misperceptions, bring more women into manufacturing, and inspire her team (and the industry) to embrace Industry 4.0.
This week I am VERY excited to be welcoming Kristin Carlson to the show!
Kristin Carlson is President of Peerless Precision, Inc., in Westfield, MA; a small precision machine shop specializing in the manufacture of small, complex mechanical components mainly for the Aerospace and Defense Industries. Kristin is also currently the President of the Western MA Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (WMNTMA), a member of NTMA’s AMPED (Advanced Manufacturing Practices and Education Development) Board and sits on Advisory/Steering Committees for Westfield Technical Academy’s Manufacturing Program, West Springfield High School’s Pathways to Prosperity Program and Agawam High School’s Manufacturing Program .
Kristin has been with Peerless Precision, Inc. since 1997, and has held a variety of positions with the company since then. She assumed the role of President from her late father in 2012. Kristin has extensive experience in purchasing, sales, supply chain management and operations management. She is extremely passionate when it comes to changing the outdated narrative that encompasses Manufacturing, bringing more women in to Manufacturing and educating students on the many career paths and opportunities that are available in Advanced Manufacturing.
In this episode, Kristin and I chat about how the manufacturing industry can go about filling the skills gap, how important a strong, collaborative supply chain is to large manufacturers, and some of the parallels we both deal with in misconceptions about our respective industries. Oh – and we also discuss how robots are NOT taking over the world! 😉
Manufacturing is an amazing career choice and people seem not to understand that they can have a wonderful life taking up a career in this industry. Our guest today is passionate about informing kids and their parents that just because you go into a trade and start working right out of high school, does not mean that you lose the opportunity to go to college. More often than not, employers like herself want to invest in their employees and companies. Today, we welcome to the show, Kristin Carlson, who is President of Peerless Precision, Inc. in Westfield, Massachusetts. Peerless is a small, precision machine shop specializing in the manufacturing of complex mechanical components, mainly for the aerospace and defense industries. Kristin is the previous president of the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association. She also currently serves as trustee, a member of the board, and sits on advisory/steering committees for Westfield Technical Academy’s Manufacturing Program, West Springfield High School’s Pathways to Prosperity Program, Agawam High School’s Manufacturing Program, and Forge. Kristin has extensive experience in purchasing, sales, supply chain management, and operations management. She is extremely passionate when it comes to changing the outdated narrative that encompasses manufacturing, bringing more women into manufacturing, and educating students on the many career paths and opportunities that are available in advanced manufacturing. Stay tuned for this insightful conversation as we hear all about it from Kristin herself in today’s episode.
The Job Shops first interview with a female Job Shop Owner, Kristin Carlson of Peerless Precision out of Western Massachusetts. Kristin shares her experience of being a woman in a male-dominated industry as well as how dedicated she is growing her workforce and her commitment to the custom part manufacturing business. Listen below!