About Us

Production Machining is a business-to-business media brand that produces a monthly print magazine, digital media, industry research and live events for the high volume precision turned parts market. Production Machining’s editorial team and expert contributors produce information on new product technology, operational best practices, market intelligence and industry news.

Chris Felix
Editor-in-Chief

With a degree in technical writing and editing, Chris began his career as an assistant editor with Modern Machine Shop magazine, eventually moving into the role of production manager. After leaving the machine tool industry for several years to run his own marketing and web design business, he returned to Gardner Business Media in 2005 as associate editor of Production Machining, eventually moving into the role of editor-in-chief. He has also served as editor of Process Cleaning magazine. Chris is an avid sports fan, with Cincinnati Reds baseball and University of Cincinnati football and basketball at the top of his list of team favorites.

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Julia Hider
Associate Editor

Julia Hider graduated from Ohio State University in 2014 with a B.A. in journalism, after which she served a freelance writer and content specialist in several fields. She joined Gardner Business Media as a Modern Machine Shop assistant editor in the summer of 2017. She is now an associate editor for Production Machining.

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Lori Beckman
Managing Editor

Lori has been working “behind the scenes” of Production Machining since 2003, writing and editing the Products, News and Case in Point sections of the magazine, editing other staff members’ articles, writing a column for PM’s e-newsletter, Inbox Insight, writing blog posts and preparing the magazine and its article for online and print publication. She began her journalism career in the trucking industry, writing technical articles for two trade publications. She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton.

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Chris Koepfer
Editor Emeritus

Chris Koepfer has been involved in metalworking for 30 years. His first 14 were in the machine tool group at Cincinnati Milacron where he honed his technical writing skills in turning, machining and grinding before joining Modern Machine Shop in 1992 as an associate editor. In 2001, he helped found MMS’ sister publication Production Machining, which speaks to the precision machined parts segment of the industry. Chris is graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, as are three of his four children, and an XU basketball fan—which can be as daunting as working in metalworking, he says.

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