Who is PMG?

Who Is PMG?

We get the question “Who Is PMG?” frequently and depending upon who you ask (or when) there is a short answer and a long answer. Before we get into that, you should know the idea of PMG started first and foremost as a solution. Our Principal recognized early on that there were not only skills and production gaps in manufacturing but also gaps in the solutions for these issues. Thus, came PMG!

Now, onto who we are.

The Short Answer

PMG is a manufacturing solutions company who mobilizes its nationwide team of highly-skilled, traveling technicians to rapidly boost output at manufacturers with skill-based production gaps.

The Long Answer

PMG is a manufacturing solutions company who brings 30 years of service to the manufacturing industry. By mobilizing our nationwide team of highly skilled traveling technicians to manufacturing facilities across the US, we help manufacturers and the overall supply chain deliver products to consumers and companies across the nation!

Yes, you read that right! 30 years of service and experience and that’s what makes us really good at what we do. However, we don’t stop there. Although 30 years makes us really good at what we do, we know we can always do a little more.

Here at PMG, our mission and goals are best summarized as:   

  • Growth – We value personal growth and development for our employees, as well as achieving consistent growth by partnering with our clients to help them achieve their production goals.
  • Results – We strive to not only achieve desired results, but to exceed them.
  • Initiative – We value initiative from our team members in contributing to team outcomes and helping us see things from different perspectives.
  • Teamwork – We value efforts to build strong team relationships, because we accomplish more when we work together.
  • Solutions Focused – When we encounter roadblocks on the path to our goals, we don’t let them stop us but instead focus on solving how to get around them.

 

If you’re interested in using our solution, joining our solution, or simply learning more, you can find more details on our website or contact us here.

 

About the Author

Kim M

Kim Mooney, Technical Manager & Coach

 

 

Medical Lab Techs at PMG

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of technical education and the skilled trades here at PMG. If you follow us on social media you’ve definitely heard about the skills gap too. But did you know that tech schools and community colleges around America produce more highly skilled workers than just welders and machinists?

Occupations like paralegals, cosmetologists, morticians, and nurses are also considered technical trades. Another occupation requiring technical education that people overlook, but incredibly in demand nationwide, is Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs). If you haven’t heard yet, PMG is now hiring Medical Lab Techs!

What is a Medical Lab Tech and what do they do?

MLTs require an associate’s degree. They collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances for medical purposes. Their duties include operating a wide range of sophisticated lab equipment such as microscopes and cell counters. Essentially, if doctors and nurses are the James Bonds of the medical world, medical lab workers are Q. They’re the ones using the most advanced equipment and procedures to do the behind-the-scenes things that find problems and create solutions.

Why are Medical Lab Techs so hard to hire?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that demand for medical lab techs is expected to grow to 7% by the end of this decade. That’s faster than the average rate for all occupations (when measuring as a group total) and roughly twice the rate for most when comparing job to job. In layman’s terms, this means that the need for lab techs is currently very high and experts project it to continue to grow. There are three main factors which cause this.

Decrease in Programs

The shortage in personnel for medical labs has been a growing problem across America for decades. Despite that fact, there has also been a steady nationwide decrease in MLT training programs during that same time.

For example, in the year 2000, there were 248 MLT programs in the US. By 2017, there were 244. Looking at a wider timespan, there has been a total decrease in the number of accredited training programs of nearly 25 percent between 1990 and 2018.

Why would institutions cut programs for such in-demand occupations? For the same reason we’ve seen other technical education programs deemphasized in the skills gap era; they’re expensive to offer and relatively underpromoted at the middle and high school levels.

Aging Workforce

Another factor contributing to shortages is the fact that workers are retiring faster than they can be replaced. This is not unique to the healthcare industry, but it means hospitals and clinics are feeling the skills gap just as acutely as their counterparts in manufacturing, construction, and agriculture. According to a 2016-2017 American Society for Clinical Pathology survey on laboratory vacancies, the average expected retirement rate for all departments was 19% within five years and an alarming 41% of respondents expected their lab director to retire in the same time frame. The increase in testing demands brought about by the COVID19 pandemic has greatly exacerbated this numbers-crunch in the last 18 months too.

New Requirements

Over the last couple decades, there have been many new developments in diagnostic technology. These have led to great improvements in many things including preventive screening. These advancements promote faster detection and results. That’s great for patients, but it also means that certain workers need to possess new knowledge and skillsets that weren’t necessary in the past.

For example, tests utilizing more specialized areas of testing are very common today. However, this is something that individuals who trained 20 or 30 years ago didn’t learn much, if anything, about. When institutions are unable to find employees capable of handling these kinds of new procedures, the employees currently on staff often end up working longer hours and/or having an expanded range of duties. These expanded duties and cross-training might make staff feel more valued, but they can also dilute in-depth core knowledge, limit specialization, and lead to burnout. All these factors just add increased strain to an already stretched lab staff. In essence, the added pressure to rise to the occasion can be a burden for employees, who are already spread thin and could negatively affect the lab’s efficiency.

Why would an MLT work for PMG?

For the same reasons our other skilled technicians work for us! PMG’s Traveling Medical Laboratory Technicians get to:

  • Go where the work is, allowing them to see America
  • Help the communities and healthcare facilities most in need of their assistance
  • Grow their skills and experience more quickly than is possible in a more static work environment
  • Earn top dollar for their work

If you’re a Medical Laboratory Technician and you’d like to grow your career by going where you’re needed most, please send your resume to Recruiter@pmgservices.com and we’ll be happy to talk to you.

If you’re in charge of staffing for a hospital, clinic, or lab and your people are feeling stretched thin, connect with our Client Solutions Team here.

 

About the Author

Josh E

Josh Erickson, ReTool Public Relations & Engagement Specialist

 

How It’s Made – Tape Measures

How It’s Made – Tape Measure

“Measure twice, cut once” is an old proverb used not only in carpentry but also in life. It’s literal and figurative at the same time. Ultimately, it’s a reminder to think (and think again) before you act. With that said, July 14 is National Tape Measure Day and the tape measure is a ubiquitous tool we’ve all used (likely, without much thought). The best way I can think of, to give such a worthy tool it’s due, is to outline the lengths involved in the making of a tape measure for this month’s How It’s Made. Before we do that though, I thought I’d share the history of the tape measure, since it’s an interesting one!

The History – Tape Measures

Measuring devices have been around since ancient times. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the first patent was issued for a tape measure. This patent went to James Chesterman in 1829.  He was a manufacturer of flat wire used in the making of hoop skirts. When hoop skirts went out of style, he found himself needing either a new use for his flat wire or a new career. After developing his own heat treating system, Chesterman made stronger and much longer wire. With this, he developed a lightweight measuring chain, meant to lighten the toolbelt of dock workers, carpenters, and construction workers.

Then, in 1868, an American inventor named Alvin Fellows took Chesterman’s wire measuring chain and made it better. He added a spring clip which allowed the tape to be locked into place for measuring purposes.

Did You Know – Tape Measures

Over the years, machinery made the tape measure easier to manufacture and additional features were added to make it easier to use! Interesting facts include:

  • The blade is curved to ensure it stays rigid when extended. This curve also helps you read the numbers when measuring.
  • The metal tip at the end of your tape is slightly loose on purpose. Additionally, the first inch is 1/16” short of an inch, due to the thickness of the metal blade. These two features allow you to measure at “true zero”. What does that mean? The metal tip is exactly 1/16” thick. So, if you’re measuring the outside of a surface, the tip will shift out, creating a gap, and stopping you from counting it in your measurement. If you’re measuring the inside of a surface though, you’ll want to account for the 1/16”
  • Your tape’s metal tip has a nail grab and a scribing tool. The nail slot allows you to measure a flat surface without the assistance of someone else by giving you a place to hook a nail or screw. The scribing tool allows you to mark your surface, if you don’t have a marking tool available.
  • The longest tape measure in the world not only measures at 600 feet, but is also gold plated!

How It’s Made 

There are seven main parts of a tape measure: the case, the case length, the thumb lock, the blade (or tape), the hook, the hook slot, and the belt clip. However, there are 26 total components within the case, making this humble tool not so simple.

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  1. Custom machinery made for tape measure manufacturing winds strips of hardened steel onto large wheels. These strips will be the blade/tape of the tape measure.
  2. These wheels of wound steel strips are then loaded into custom painting machinery. Through a series of rollers, the steel strips are unwound from the wheel and then painted.
  3. Once painted and dried, the strips are rolled to an inline digital printer which is programmed to mark out the numbers onto the blade/tape.
  4. Next, the numbers and measurements are inspected by automated, inline inspecting equipment.
  5. Once inspected, the machinery cuts a small oval from the end of the newly painted blade/tape.
  6. This oval hooks onto another metal strip which is almost as long as the blade itself.
  7. This metal strip coils around a hub in the tape measure case, ultimately acting as a spring when pulling out the blade/tape and during retraction.
  8. The tape measure case is then closed, labeled, and released for packaging.

 

I simplified the above steps for you. With all that in mind, check out this great video showcasing the actual manufacturing of a tape measure.

Once you’ve done that, check out this list of other tools every technician should have in his/her/their toolbox, take inventory of your own toolbox, and make sure you’ve got the all-important tape measure, too!

And remember – the right tool can make even the wrong job work.

 

About the Author

Kim M

Kim Mooney, Technical Manager & Coach

 

Who to Follow on Social Media

FAQs for PMG

PMG is all about answers; finding them, providing them, creating them. It’s kind of what we do. But where do we get them and how do we know what’s being asked? The honest answer is we do a lot of research here. However, we try to keep our finger on the pulse of what matters in manufacturing, and to those working within the industry, so we track a lot of other experts too. This brings us to our latest FAQ for PMG.

Who do you follow on social media?

That’s a great question that we’re happy to answer! When it comes to work platforms, we tend to add individuals from different categories to our social networks. This intentional network-building results in a plethora of professional advantages and it’s a habit that can be developed in just one month. If you want to learn more about how you can build this habit too, read more about our 30-Day LinkedIn Challenge. Then you can start building your professional network by following some of the folks PMG follows too. Without further ado, hear are some of the voices those of us here listen to!

Associations and Groups

We all have our individual thoughts and opinions. Hearing from “collective” viewpoints we respect can help us express such things with professionalism and clarity. A wide variety of angles and perspectives is the goal when building out this part of your network.

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

 A trade group representing more than 14,000 American manufacturers, NAM works on a national level to strengthen and advance the industry across all sectors for companies of all sizes. They are a great resource for information on their initiatives and general industry news of interest to their membership.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

NIST/MEP is a public/private partnership between the industry and government. They have MEP Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small-to-medium-sized manufacturers by helping them access and implement resources needed to succeed. Their Manufacturing Innovation Blog is also a must follow.

American Welding Society

The AWS is best known for weld standards and welder certification, but their mission is much more than that. Dedicated to “advancing the science, technology, and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes” since 1919, this non-profit is all about supporting the growth and success of individual welders and the industry at large. Their weekly Weld Wednesday podcast is a great place to start exploring their available resources.

Technical Journals and Periodicals

These are the type of follows we turn to for the nuts & bolts information. It doesn’t matter how generally informed you are, using improper or inaccurate information or terminology will ruin your reputation quickly. Thus, exposure to the right technical experts and knowledge in your industry is critical.

The Fabricator

One in a family of publications owned by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, The Fabricator is an excellent resource for information and insight on all things associated with the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industries. We especially love their regular features on individual companies and technicians from across the industry!

CNC Cookbook

Started by Bob Warfield (the man you can thank for lots of things, including the tabs in digital spreadsheets like Excel), CNCCookbook is a software company created to “help everyone become a better CNC’er”. Their website is equally convenient and intuitive for prospective customers and the purely curious alike. But their blog page is 100% free content and a stand-alone resource by itself for anyone (regardless of skill level) interested in the field.

Modern Materials Handling

Regardless of what kind of company you work for, odds are good that you have to physically handle materials, products, equipment, parts or components. In that light, Modern Materials Handling is a great follow for anyone and everyone. It provides a comprehensive coverage of all things material handling since 1946. Today, we all but guarantee their blog page probably covers a topic or two of interest for you too!

Industry Advocates

Passion, mission, and message all mean something when advocating for things that matter. For many of us, that passion often focuses around supporting the industry that supports (and employs) us. But how does the amateur advocate make sure their mission and message are aligned? A great way to start is by following other individuals, whom already share your passion, that may be a little further along in their own advocacy.

Mike Rowe

An actor who began hosting the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs in 2003. Mike used his experiences featuring the blue-collar men and women of America as a springboard into a second career advocating for the importance of the work those folks do. Today, he is one of the preeminent voices promoting technical education and skilled trades careers to young people across the country. Unlike many celebrity types, he puts his money where his mouth is too. To date, his MikeRoweWorks Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in skilled trade program tuition to over 1,000 scholarship recipients since 2008.

Titan Gilroy

Former boxer and convict to current TV star and machine shop owner, Titan has lived a lot of life. That by itself doesn’t make him a great social media follow, but the fact that he shares every step of his journey, and the lessons learned, for FREE, sure does. There are a lot of platforms available to follow him, and his Titans of CNC Academy, but we suggest you start with his LinkedIn page. It’s a great way to keep tabs on all his other efforts.

The Weld Scientist

Nate Bowman, better known by his Instagram username @weldscientist, is paving a new path for the trades. He’s mainly doing it by relying on the visual nature of his chosen social media platform (and his trade) to show there isn’t just one “right” path into a career in the trades. Whether answering very technical questions or just showing the inherent daily beauty of his craft, the Weld Scientist is always a great follow.

“Outside” Voices

When building your network, especially the most informative parts, don’t feel obligated to only look within your own industry either. There is valuable insight and information everywhere and some of it is important specifically because it’s not being done in your sector or at your company yet. Outside influence, or “new blood”, is essential to advancing manufacturing into and through Industry 4.0 and beyond. When looking for voices from beyond your labor pool, put a heavy emphasis on the “universal” applicability of their content.

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is an author of 11 books that have sold more than six million copies, founder of The Table Group, and a pioneer of the organizational health movement. He’s best known for writing The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, but he’s a great follow for just about anything regarding the business of work or the art of building teams. We recommend reading any of his books, but start by finding him on LinkedIn first!

Deloitte

Deloitte is a provider of advisory and consultancy services to some of the largest corporations and governmental agencies in the world. They’re also great at disseminating much of their research for public consumption. Since much of such data can be dense and data heavy, we especially love how readable and accessible they make those reports for the average Joe too. Check out this Vacation Reading Guide they recently released while on your next road trip to see just what we mean!

Warren Buffett

Buffett is one of America’s richest people and one of the country’s biggest philanthropists. Since the man obviously knows about money, and that’s the primary professional motivator for most of us anyway, he’s definitely worth following on social media. But the spirit of giving, evident in his charitable endeavors, trickles into his online content too. Give his Twitter page a follow to see what we mean and you’re bound to walk away more informed, and entertained, than you were before.

Additional Resources

We hope this FAQ inspired you to double down on the energy you invest into your own professional network. If so, watch our webinar on networking for free to learn more tips and tricks to getting started right.

You can always get other answers from us too. Just send your questions to our Writing Team and keep an eye out for future FAQ’s. We can’t wait to share our next answer with you!

 

About the Author

Josh E

Josh Erickson, ReTool Public Relations & Engagement Specialist

Employee Spotlights

As PMG continues to grow, we’ve added additional talent to help us continue to do what we do best. Meet Abby and Bree, two of our new Production Development Coordinators.

 

Abby

Abby

What do you like most about your job?

I love getting to speak to new people each day. It’s even better when I call a potential candidate who is looking for work, and hearing them get excited that we have a position for them and their skillset.

What do you like most about working for PMG?

I love that I am gaining experience in recruitment with my HR major. I also really enjoy the people I am working with. Even though I am working fully remote; everyone is great about giving feedback, and answering my questions in a timely manner.

What advice would you give to a new employee at PMG?

Take notes, ask a lot of questions, and don’t stress! It may seem like a lot at first but you will soon get into a rhythm, where your work day just flies by!

You’re happiest when…?

I have a bowl of popcorn and a good movie on or sitting around a campfire with friends.

What animal best describes you at work?

I would have to say a squirrel! Fast and non-stop doing tasks and duties.

 

Bree

Bree

What do you like most about your job?

Talking with qualified candidates who are eager to work

What do you like most about working for PMG?

The supportive atmosphere! Everyone is very welcoming.

What advice would you give to a new employee at PMG?

Ask questions!!!! Even if you think its dumb, or it may have been answered before.

What are some hobbies you like to do in your free time?

Coach cheerleading, spend time with my family, go to outdoor concerts with friends and be out on the lake as much as possible! – Also, BIG Bachelor/Bachelorette fan!

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

New York City – Such a bright, alive and fast-paced city!

How It’s Made – Tires

How It’s Made – Tires

For this month’s How It’s Made article, we are talking tires – tire materials and tire building. Tires are a critical part of our day to day lives, especially here at PMG. We have many highly-skilled technicians who drive across the United States to work PMG projects at various client sites. In fact, PMG works with tire manufacturers across the United States as well, providing skilled technicians for the many different positions within their rubber and tire manufacturing facilities. With that in mind, let’s get rolling!

Tire Materials

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Natural Rubber

Synthetic Rubber/Polymers

Steel

Steel wire goes in the belts and beads of all tires, as well as plies for truck tires.

Textile

Fabric cords used in tire plies for the purpose of stability and support.

Fillers

Crucial ingredients to solidify rubber during the mixing/Banbury process. Fillers include carbon black and silica.

Antioxidants & Antiozonants

Additional fillers utilized during mixing/Banbury process to avoid tire break down from temperatures, oxygen or ozone exposure.

Curing Additives (Sulfur, Zinc Oxide)

Used during curing/vulcanization to further strength tires.

 

Rubber Manufacturing

To manufacture rubber, there are three main operations: Banbury/Mixing, Extruding, Calendering.

  • Banbury/Mixers: this equipment solidifies raw rubber by mixing and blending, grinding, and heating raw & synthetic rubber with fillers.
  • Extruders: this equipment shapes the rubber coming from the Banbury.
  • Calenders: this equipment “squeezes” rubber with steel or fabric, ultimately manufacturing steel belts, body plies, cap plies, and belt edge covers.

Once complete, the material is then sheared, cut, sliced, and/or spliced into desired dimensions for the building process.

 

Tire Components

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Sidewall: covers the plies on the sides of the tire, providing protection from road and curb damage.

Belts: these provide strength and stability to the tread.

Tread: the rubber compound of this and the pattern provides the grip and traction of the tire.

Plies: there are two plies in each tire. These function as the structure of the tire, providing the strength to contain air pressure.

Innerliner: retains the inflation pressure inside the tire. Prior to utilizing inner liners, tires had inner tubes.

Bead: this assures that the tire has an air-tight fit to the wheel.

 

How Tires are Made

  1. Tire Building is the process of layering individual materials onto a tire building drum, in a tire forming machine.

Given the variety of tire manufacturing companies, machines have a wide assortment of names including:

    • Tire Building Machine (TBM)
    • Tire Assembly Machine (TAM)
    • Tire Forming Machine (TFM)
    • 1st Stage Machine
    • 2nd Stage Machine

These machines are manually operated or fully automatic.

  1. Tire building happens in two stages.

Stage One: Casing Building

Layering of the innerliner, body plies, beads, and sidewall. Building operations include:

  • Wrapping the innerliner around the drum.
  • Layering the first body ply on the innerliner.
  • Layering the second body ply on the first body ply.
  • The layering on the bead assemblies.
  • Inflating the “bladder” of the drum to force the plies to cover the bead assemblies.
  • Pressing sidewall sections onto both sides.

At this point, a tire is considered a “Carcass”.

 

Stage Two: Belts & Tread application

In this stage, the carcass goes to a second machine at which the belts and tread go on as additional layers, similar to Stage 1.

At this point, you have a “Green Tire” – a tire close to its final dimensions but not yet 100% complete.

By now, the tire is fully built. However, there are additional operations still required to ensure the tire is truly ready for the road.

  1. Green Tire Curing

Curing is the process for strengthening the tire, building resiliency as well as wear-resistance.

In this stage, a large curing mold with a bladder in it holds the tire. Think of what essentially looks like a large clam shell.

Once the green tire is in the mold, the bladder expands with steam. This shapes the tire, forms the tread pattern, and the sidewall lettering. This is all determined by the interior shape & design of the mold.

Curing occurs for a pre-determined time and the steam is heated to a pre-determined temperature. Commonly, tires are cured  for 10-15 minutes (for passenger or light truck tires) at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Off-road or large vehicle tires can take up to a day to cure.

Once complete, the pressure is relieved and the tire is removed for cooling on a PCI (post-cure inflator) which holds and inflates the tire until it’s fully cooled.

When fully cooled, the tire moves to inspection and testing.

2. Inspection & Testing

As you can assume it’s critical that tires are made with care and precision to ensure the safety of all drivers.

In the Inspection & Testing stage, inspectors are looking for flaws such as bubbles or voids in the tread, sidewall, or interior of the tire.

Testers are performing:

    • Tire Uniformity Testing: the tire is placed on a wheel, inflated and spun against a simulated road surface. Sensors in the test wheel measure the balance of the tire, determining the tire’s ability to run straight.
    • X-Ray Testing
    • Destructive Testing

 

With inspection and testing done, a tire is completely finished and ready for the road!

Below is a great visual of the processes described above. Additionally, check out this Tire Manufacturing Video to see it in-person. You can always read my article on safe driving, including how to keep your tires in good condition, to learn more about how the rubber meets the road!

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Safe travels!

 

About the Author

Kim M

Kim Mooney, Technical Manager & Coach

National Adopt a Cat Month

Many people don’t know it but pets put the P in PMG! We have so many technicians that travel to project assignments around the US that we even offer Pet Insurance as part of our benefits package. There’s no way around it – pets put a lot of joy in life for many of us and we want to celebrate that whenever we can.

Since June is National Adopt a Cat month, we thought a great way to do that would be turning to some of our in-house feline aficionados to ask about the why and how of their adoption stories. What we found out is that adoption is a purrfect way to add a new, furry member to any family!

Patty & Paul

adopt a cat 1

I chose to adopt my cats because there is a huge overpopulation. The shelter I adopted from is actually run by a woman inside of her home who relies on donations and adoptions to keep running. She has yet to turn a single cat away and has dealt with cats most shelters would put down. She brings them to health and gets them into loving homes. Cats have a bad reputation compared to dogs, but I have nothing but great experiences with mine. I encourage everyone to give them a try. I have had cats almost my whole life and can’t see that ever changing.

Emily B., ReTool Operations Analyst

Lady Phillis Butters Hepburn Roberts

adopt a cat 2

I got my beautiful angel, called Butters for short, on a sunny Sunday in Salt Lake City. I tried to adopt but not many places are open on Sunday in Utah, and the shelter I planned to get a cat at was closed. I looked online and found that PetCo was open and I told my friends that I still wanted to buy a cat. We all then crammed into the car and headed that way.

Once I got there, they showed me the cats and in one of the cubbies, I could see Butters eyes. Even though she was a little hesitant, I asked to see her. It was love at first sight! She immediately jumped onto me and placed herself onto my shoulders as if she was telling me that she was coming home with me. I then said to wrap her up and have never looked back.

She was roughly 7 months when I got her. We’ve been together 7 years now. She talks constantly and hasn’t met a plastic bag, paper bag or box she doesn’t like! She can be shy at first but warms up very quickly to people, which is what I love the most about her. So, I “adopted” my cat from a pet store and I’m still glad I did!

Samantha R., Project Coordinator Associate

 

Sugar & Spice

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This is Sugar and Spice. They are 8-year-old littermates. A friend called me about 7 ½ years ago, shortly after my cat had died suddenly, and told me that a young couple had been evicted from her apartment building and had left behind a young male kitten. I grabbed my cat carrier from the garage, piled my kids in the car, and headed toward the apartment.

On the way, she called me to let me know that he wasn’t alone. Apparently, he had been protecting and hiding his smaller sister (they were both in the parking lot). So, of course, I scooped them both up, a took them to the vet the next day. I had them both fixed, got them their shots, and they’ve been family ever since. I guess in this case, I didn’t adopt them from a shelter, but I still think of it as adoption. I’ve only ever adopted animals. To be able to take them in, in their moment of need, is the only way to do it.

Autumn P., Project Management Administrator

 

Chaz & Marley

adopt a cat 4

I adopted my two cats from the Golden Valley Humane Society in 2005 and 2009. We always had a cat growing up and most of them came from strays that found their way to us. That’s why it was important for me to adopt a cat that didn’t have a home, and give them a good one, when I decided I was ready for my own cat. When I was looking, I intentionally adopted ones at the shelter who were there for a longer period of time.

Joan F., PMG Controller

 

Arya

adopt a cat 5

Meet Arya! We adopted her from a shelter when she was just a kitten. Adoption is a great way to find your new family member who is also looking for a forever home! Arya is a great addition to our family. She loves to play, snuggle, tease the dogs and go outside on adventures. Our home would not be the same without her!

Stacey J., ReTool Manager

Bob Cat

adopt a cat 6

Bob was dropped, by his previous owner, along a freeway, near a property I used to be responsible for maintaining. He took up residence in one of the sheds to get through the winter and I discovered him when I started opening things up for the spring. He was remarkably pro-person for a cat that had just made it through a Minnesota winter and we connected immediately. I knew I couldn’t leave him where he was, and I’d recently lost the mouser on my farm, so I brought him home, called him Cat, and let my dog take care of him.

For more than a decade now, he’s taught my dogs the value of coexistence, taught my girls the value of responsibility, and taught me that cats can be every bit as committed and loyal as their canine counterparts. He moved on to the great scratching post in the sky this spring, but he’s the best cat I’ve ever had. I think, at least part of that, is because he picked me rather than the other way around. I’ll never forget Bob Cat, rescue success story extraordinaire!

Josh E., ReTool Public Relations & Engagement Specialist

 

Georgia

adopt a cat 7

I found her in North Minneapolis roaming around an alley and she looked like she hadn’t eaten in a month. I always encourage adopting (or saving them from a life on the streets) for that exact reason. There are a lot of cats and dogs out there that haven’t found their forever home yet and leaving them to fend for themselves or, even worse, taking away their life simply because no one wants them is inhumane. When you adopt, you not only get a new friend, but you may open up space in a shelter for another animal looking for a family.

Isabel B., Technical Solutions Coordinator

 

 

National Third Shift Worker’s Day

FAQs for PMG

National Third Shift Day is celebrated every year on the second Wednesday of May. This year, it’s observed on May 12, 2021. The observation of this day began in the early part of this century to recognize the men and women that work overnights to keep our communities safe and our businesses operational.

In today’s era of an ever-widening skills gap, the day is important not just for showing appreciation to those who fill these shifts but to increase awareness of how vital these roles are to society.

To honor such workers, we will answer one of the most common questions we get in this month’s PMG FAQ.

Why would anyone work third shift and how do they survive it if they do?

We get this question a lot. We’re not surprised when we do either because most of us love our habits including sleep! However, shift work is nothing new. It’s been around as long as people. Even early humans had a night shift to guard their food sources and themselves. While most of us left hunting and gathering behind generations ago, night shift work still remains. Why does anyone choose to work it and how do they make it work for them?

Similar to our previous FAQ regarding travel work, here are three benefits and three tips to help understand why and how third shift works.

The Benefits are Real

Commute

Traffic is a real thing, and a real headache, for most of us. However, night shift workers have a different experience. If you want to reduce your time and frustration, while commuting, then a third shift might be your first option. There’s no surer way to beat traffic than by avoiding it entirely!

Convenience

We all have errands and appointments. Most of us struggle trying to fit them around our business hours when those are the same hours for other businesses too. But not third shifters! One of the best benefits to working overnights is having your pick of the most available hours to complete your non-work tasks. The lack of a crowd when you get where you’re going is a big cherry on top!

Cash

Put plainly, night shift pays better! Since an overnight schedule isn’t for everybody, employers generally have to pay a premium to entice enough employees to work it. This means working night shift can make you more for doing the same work as your daytime colleagues. At some companies, in certain industries, the difference can be close to double!

Night (Life) Hacks

Adapt

No matter what you do, starting on third shift is hard and your body will need to adapt to it. There are ways you can help it do just that! When beginning a new shift, schedule as few non-work activities as possible in the first month. This will give you more opportunity to get extra sleep to help your body catch up. Avoiding alarms, except to get ready for work, is very helpful too.

Accessorize

Most of us had to learn how to fall asleep in the dark. That wasn’t easy as kids but it’s a hard habit to break once ingrained. Having the right tools can make it easier. Sleep masks, blackout shades, ear plugs, and even noise machines are all great aides for making daylight sleeping easier and better.

Arrange

Getting your work schedule and sleep schedule aligned is only part of it. If you’re going to work third shift for any amount of time, you need to commit completely. Trying to switch between shifts from one day to the next will only make things worse. This means, you’ll need to bring your sleep schedule to your off-days too. If you can’t go to bed and get up at roughly the same time for most days, you will regret it eventually. A good day planner or scheduling app helps with this hack as much as a clock can.

Additional Resources

We hope this answer helps you live the night shift life. If you’d like to learn more about ways PMG can help your company find folks to fill out your third shift needs, contact our Client Solutions Team. If this answered your question, you can always get other answers from us too. Just send your questions to our Writing Team and keep an eye out for future FAQ’s. We can’t wait to share our next answer with you!

 

About the Author

Josh E

Josh Erickson, ReTool Public Relations and Engagement Specialist

World Password Day 2021

Passwords. Just the thought of having to change one makes me nostalgic. Some of my passwords have been with me for over a decade. That’s longer than I’ve been at any one employer. It’s longer than some of my relationships. For goodness sake, my passwords are older than my middle-school-aged children.

If you’re like me, you know you’re not supposed to be writing your passwords down, but you also know that losing your password means being locked out of your favorite social media site or your favorite on-line shopping site until the end of eternity – you can’t risk that! Or can you?

Cyber security has become more of a risk than ever before and you can help slow the attacks by using unique passwords and finding a way to manage your passwords that doesn’t include a post-it-note on your computer monitor (don’t laugh, we all know those people).

As we celebrate World Password Day, I hope you consider moving on from that decades-old password and finding a new love; maybe one with a $@%! and a number or two thrown in for good measure. Turning Password1 into P@ssw0rd! could make all the difference.

 

About the Author

Beth B.

Beth Bangtson, HR Manager

Meet Our Creative Team

PMG Employee Spotlight

Meet Our Creative Team

PMG supports American Manufacturing and we’re very proud of that. We care deeply about the people in this industry and those in the skilled trades. Our Creative Team tries their best to create and share content and stories that those people care about too!

This month, our PMG Employee Spotlight will turn things around to shine on the members of our Creative Team. We hope you all enjoy learning a bit more about the men and women behind the pen, who bring that content to you. You can check out what we’ve previously created on our blog page but, without further ado, here are the (short) stories of our storytellers!

Brenda L., Risk & Safety Manager, 4 months with PMG

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What should we know about you?

I’m from central Minnesota and I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Health. I had several classes, during that time, on Occupational Safety and Compliance and I fell in love with the field. This year, my career is officially old enough to drink! So much has changed within manufacturing over the past 21 years and it has been wonderful to be a part of protecting the safety and health of workers in various capacities within the industry!

What else makes you interesting?

I was voted class clown of my graduating class in high school. I try to find a moment of laughter in each and every day. It’s good for the abs!

What is the best thing about being on the PMG Creative Team?

I love safety, so sharing stories that highlight the protection of people is my passion! Safety in the workplace, safety at home, and safety on the road!

Brent R., Senior Technical Solutions Coordinator,

3 years with PMG

Brent R.

What should we know about you?

Like most people on the team, I’m born and raised in Minnesota. Originally from Marshall, my father still farms the same land where my great-great grandpa “broke the prairie” when he came over from Norway. I graduated from Concordia College, in Moorhead, in 2013 and spent the next few years traveling abroad. I’ve been working with PMG, on and off, for the past seven years and was lucky enough to be brought on full time in May 2018. I enjoy learning about the wide range of skillsets and positions within manufacturing and being part of a company that has a finger on the pulse of manufacturing in America!

What else makes you interesting?

I’m in contention for the funniest person that I know; my dream is to live in a converted sprinter van or start a hostel in a tropical country (or a mixture of both). Like Josh, I’m a licensed officiant and get a lot of joy in performing the marriage ceremony for friends and family; and my dog, Ziggy (half coonhound, half border collie), is the most interesting thing about me.

What is the best thing about being on the PMG Creative Team?

I enjoy being able to step outside of my typical day-to-day job duties and work with members from other teams within PMG that I don’t normally get to interact with. It’s a chance to step back and look at the bigger picture of PMG, manufacturing and how we can further develop our relationships with our technicians and clients while being a cheerleader for the skilled trades.

Dave R., Senior Technical Solutions Coordinator,

5.5 years with PMG

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What should we know about you?

I originally went to college to be an engineer, but switched to teaching social studies. After doing that for seven years, I changed careers and went into recruiting. I’ve not regretted the change for a day! My main role here is to recruit/find skilled contractors, clarify and hone in on their skillsets, complete interviews/reference checks, and get them placed into positions on PMG projects across the country. A lot of my work is juggling arrival dates with locations and positions. I’m also responsible for assisting in logistics, technical calls with new clients, and assorted other duties as they arise.

What else makes you interesting?

While you might not guess it by looking at me, I’m a huge lover of travel. My wife and I have spent many of our vacations abroad, and even spent our honeymoon in India (yeah, not everyone’s first OR 10th choice). I love to try food from all over the world as you never know what might be delicious! I have eaten guinea pig in Peru, camel in Egypt, snake in India, and I enjoyed all three. In the words of Andrew Zimmern, ‘If it looks good, eat it!’

What is the best thing about being on the PMG Creative Team?

I think it’s without question the ability to see other people’s perspective/ideas and how yours can work with that. The old ‘more than one way to skin a cat’ is a real thing, and collaborating and hearing other people’s ideas/remedies is amazing to me. I’m introduced to different ideas and perspectives in most meetings and leave each learning something new and valuable.

Elizabeth B., Human Resources Manager,

2.5 years with PMG

Beth B.

What should we know about you?

Minnesota is home! I grew-up in southwestern Minnesota and have moved around a bit since. My family and I landed in the Twin Cities, almost exactly 10 years ago, and we haven’t looked back since! I graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois with a Bachelor’s in Management & Organizational Leadership. As the HR Manager, I get to take care of all the day-to-day responsibilities of an HR department as well as making sure we’re legally compliant with state laws and regulations, event planning, and lots of other behind-the-scenes pieces I’m hopeful people don’t see, because if they do, that usually means there’s a problem! 😉

What else makes you interesting?

I love to sing but only in front of my children! Songs of choice when I’m singing to them: ‘If We Hold On Together’ from The Land Before Time, ‘Somewhere Out There’ from An American Tail, ‘Homeward Bound’ by Simon & Garfunkel, almost any Disney song, and Christmas music (even in April)!

What is the best thing about being on the PMG Creative Team?

It makes me nervous every month as we come together to determine what the next month will look like, because I really don’t consider myself that creative in my writing. With that said, my favorite thing is the challenge to step outside of my comfort zone. It feels really good to do something a little bit out of my typical realm.

Josh E., ReTool Public Relations & Engagement Specialist, 4 years with PMG

Josh E

What should we know about you?

I’m a true son of the North. Born and bred in Minnesota, I’ve been to 47 countries and 48 states yet I keep coming home and love it more every time. I was raised on a farm and grew up in the skilled trades. Agriculture, Construction, Manufacturing – I’ve seen all those industries from almost every angle you can possibly imagine! Yet, somehow, I still went to school for Political Science and International Business at Augsburg College and MSU-Mankato. I’ve spent close to a quarter century using my hands, back, and/or mind to earn other peoples’ money and that career path finally led me to PMG early in 2017. We started PMG ReTool shortly thereafter and, now, I can’t even imagine working somewhere other than here ever again.

What else makes you interesting?

I love anything that gets me outside. Hunting, fishing, camping, farming, photography are all passions of mine. I own more than 1000 books, including every textbook I’ve ever purchased. I got ordained in 2015 because my best friends were getting married and didn’t have an officiant for their ceremony. I’ve been the celebrant at the weddings of more than 30 other couples since then! I love ugly Christmas sweaters and my collection has grown to the point where I can wear a different one for every “business” day in December. Someday, I hope to have enough to cover the weekends too!

What is the best thing about being on the PMG Creative Team?

Everything I’ve ever earned in life came to me because of something, normally information/wisdom based, that someone else freely gave to me first. My career and I are both true products of mentorship, continuous improvement mentality, and tribal knowledge exchange. This reality has made me an even bigger proponent of technical careers than most other tradespeople and I’m a huge believer in the value of ACTION-ism over activism. Being on the Creative Team here gives me a productive platform, and direction, in which to aim those actions for the benefit of others. I LOVE that part of the job. I’m proud of all the things we do and I can’t wait to see what awesome thing(s) all of us can bring to all of you next!

Kim M., Technical Manager & Coach, 10 years with PMG

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What should we know about you?

I was born, raised, and continue to reside in Minnesota and am an alumnus of the U of M – Twin Cities (go Gophers!). I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing Education. My career really took off when I started working with PMG in November 2010. Prior to that, I worked as a Business Coordinator in a variety of salons.

What else makes you interesting?

I have been promoted four times over my 10-year career with PMG. I’ve been skydiving, ziplining, and hot air ballooning. I’ve also recently adopted a 2-year old dog into my family, a responsibility I swore I would never take on!

What is the best thing about being on the PMG Creative Team?

Even though I’m a very analytical person, which is a major plus in my role at PMG, I’ve also always loved reading and writing. Reading, for me, is easy to squeeze into my personal life but the writing part gets difficult. Having the opportunity to write as an employee at PMG helps fulfill that desire, which is amazing. Additionally, it’s fantastic to be a part of a team, working together, to educate and entertain so many people from very diverse industries and backgrounds!

MacKenzie C., Senior Corporate Recruiter,

3 years with PMG

What should we know about you?

I grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota and attended Minnesota State University Mankato. I majored in Mass Media and Marketing. I wear a couple of hats at PMG. I oversee all internal hiring for PMG corporate positions. I write the job description, conduct the interviews, facilitate the hiring manager’s interview with the candidate and help make a final decision on who to make an offer to. Once an offer has been made, I also assist HR with the onboarding of that person to PMG. My other role at PMG is to lead recruiting efforts for our engineering line of business. I partner with our Sales Team and our Technical Manager, Kim, to provide highly skilled engineers to our Manufacturing clients. I run the full sales cycle of recruitment with our engineering placements.

What else makes you interesting?

My grandfather was a POW (prisoner of war) in WWII and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. When I was a kid, I was really interested in WWII and specifically his experiences and memories of that time. I started writing essays and submitting them to contests and ended up winning first place three years in a row, which for a middle schooler was pretty cool!

What is the best thing about being on the PMG Creative Team?

I love the ability to bounce ideas off of each other. We have come up with some really cool things over the years and I’m excited to see what comes next.

Mike F., Director of Client Solutions, 5 months with PMG

Mike F.

What should we know about you?

My background is in sales, operations, account management and service. I began my sales career as an individual contributor and progressed into leadership roles in the industries of corporate travel, animal health, logistics and manufacturing. I am passionate about all things sales and supporting the development of achievers who help customers find solutions and build long-term business relationships! Every day at PMG, I am amazed at the incredible work my teams do in their focus to help manufacturing companies overcome challenges.

What else makes you interesting?

I grew up on a ranch in northwest Missouri and moved to Houston, TX from Kansas City, MO in 2017 – trading snow for heat and tornados for hurricanes! Outside of work, I have three children and enjoy watching professional sports, movies and grilling up a tasty steak.

What is the best thing about being on the PMG Creative Team?

I really enjoy working for growing companies and believe innovation is fueled by the sharing of free-flowing creative ideas. The diversity of knowledge and experience at PMG, and on the creative team, is excellent!

Stacey J., ReTool Manager and Market & Innovation,

4.5 years with PMG

Stacey J,.

What should we know about you?

I was born and raised in good ol’ Minnesota and still reside there today. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics before working abroad for almost five years as an International Consultant. Returning to the U.S. in 2015, I completed my MBA from the University of St. Thomas and now manage our ReTool Department and Creative Team at PMG.

What else makes you interesting?

I’m a mom of four, three of which have paws – needless to say, I stay busy! I enjoy being outdoors, playing sports and board games, watching movies, reading and seeing new places. I’m also a wine and craft beer enthusiast.

What is the best thing about being on the PMG Creative Team?

The best part about being on the PMG Creative Team is being able to work with others at PMG that I typically don’t work with in my day-to-day tasks.