We had the good fortune of connecting with Jorge Ochoa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jorge, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking has definitely been a major factor in our business from many aspects including moving from Mexico to the United States, transporting machines every time we move shops, and even taking on new clients, projects, and acquiring new machines and equipment. Every decision we make is first approached by thinking about the outcomes and how they will affect not only MPC Machines as a whole, but also on a smaller scale whether that includes each employee, customer, or personally as the business owner. We have taken many risks, good and bad, that have taught me countless of lessons and have continued to lead us into the position we find ourselves today, even amidst the covid-19 pandemic. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.
What should our readers know about your business?
Something that sets MPC Machines apart from other businesses is our ability to work with customers in a timely and approachable manner as well as our flexibility. Due to our technical experiences we are able to develop our customers’ products and ideas, and even improve them when it comes down to the design and machining of the product. We are proud to be able to support a myriad of customers from all over the United States in the medical, retail, oil, hobby/recreational and commercial industries. We opened our machine shop in Mexico and eventually found a way to move our business to the United States. At first it was very difficult, and we faced many challenges as we were starting out as a small machine shop, trying to expand our capacity and to support more customers. This has led us to the progression if acquiring newer and better machines with the technology necessary to satisfy and accommodate our customers and keeps allowing us to grow our abilities to take on more designs and projects. We are always looking for new and better ways to advance our skills and knowledge in order to adapt to evolving technologies. Something I’ve kept as a personal motto is “5 a.m.”. No matter the challenges that may come the next day, nothing can’t be solved by waking up at 5 a.m. and getting to work early.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Mesa and other surrounding cities have shown so much growth in such a short amount of time, so there are always new places to check out and try. One of my favorite restaurants to have lunch at and even drink is Barrio Queen. The restaurant is not only known for its Mexican cuisine but also incorporates traditional art into its location which reminds me of home. Of course, before the pandemic, I was a very avid movie-goer but now, I enjoy staying at home with my family to cook on the weekends and later in the day getting everyone in the house together for what they now call “Ice cream time” and “Movie time”. I don’t have too much leisure time, but when I do, I like to spend it with my family. Sedona and The Grand Canyon are also must-sees of Arizona.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My experiences growing up in Mexico have taught me and pushed me to achieve my short-term and long-term goals through hard work and dedication despite of the difficulty of any situation. Of course, I was not able to do this alone as I am not only a business owner, I am also a family man which means that any impact made through MPC Machines has been built on the underlying support and motivation that I get from my wife and kids as we have been together through the ups and downs of the business. Along the way, I have also received help and guidance from many of my current customers, providers, vendors, and even people I’ve met in trade shows, which has allowed us to build a stronger professional relationship. I am thankful for the people I’ve met and come across, as well as those who have worked with us that have been there to help whenever I have reached out for advice. I believe that there is someone always willing to help, as long as you are willing to listen.
a2z manufacturing, southwest edition, Vol. 24