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If you need a better grip on the notion of “think globally, act locally,” Charlie Post, president of TSI Solutions, is a great source. This leader of a Stone Mountain, GA-based industrial distributor keeps the solutions he sells in the context of the global economy while also maintaining a tight focus on serving customers in his home state.
Many Georgia manufacturers have both customers and facilities scattered all over the world, so that mode of thinking is essential. Post gets particularly jazzed when TSI is able to solve a problem locally and then help the customers get it implemented in all of their plants regardless of location.
Charlie gave a few specific examples, like dealing with the challenges of tuft height in the carpet-making industry. Sounds easy maybe, but how the heck do you make tufting machines run faster while maintaining accuracy and quality?
As he told that story, it really became clear just how passionate he is about the importance and excitement surrounding manufacturing, especially here in Georgia. Post is an active member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce manufacturing group, Networking MFG (sponsor of the upcoming Georgia Manufacturing Expo June 8) and works with many facets of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, including their Lean Consortium. This guy’s an outspoken advocate determined to make manufacturing the cool career.
We touched on a variety of other topics as well. How do you find good sales personnel? How do attract those with not only technical skills, but also with great people skills? What could our educational and government institutions be doing better to promote manufacturing? What’s the coolest new technology? Post discussed these topics and many others in this episode.
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