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FlexTrades: Aerospace Case Study

Proficient Skillsets Lead to Monthly Output Increase An esteemed client in the aerospace sector was grappling with an extensive backlog amidst a constrained local market.

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Manufacturing Day with hard hat American flag and hand tools

Happy Manufacturing Day

Ten years ago, in 2012, the Fabricators and Manufacturers’ Association (FMA) founded Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). MFG Day is a national movement to show the

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MAY 22 2019-NEW YORK: U.S. Navy Sailor from the USS New York stands at the Armed Forces Recruiting Station on the Military Island Plaza in Times Square during Fleet Week in Manhattan on May 22, 2019.

How It’s Made – USS New York

On September 11th, 2001, the unthinkable happened when four airplanes were hijacked by militants associated with the extremist group al Qaeda. Of the four planes,

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African American factory worker working with adept robotic arm in a workshop . Industry robot programming software for automated manufacturing technology .

Top 10: American Innovations

This week Americans celebrated the 246th birthday of our country. We wanted to pile on by celebrating the 10 greatest inventions our nation has contributed

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history of contract work

This History of Contract Work

The History of Contract Work For most, going to work means you’re an employee of a company, receive a salaried or hourly pay every week

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The Top 6 Manufacturing Podcasts

The Top 6 Manufacturing Podcasts

Podcasts… they’re everywhere, and they’re likely not going away anytime soon. In fact, Pew Research shows a steady increase in the percentage of Americans listening

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Where to Find FlexTrades Online

Our clients find us, and we find them the skilled technicians they need to support their in-house talent. But where can you find FlexTrades online?

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This is How Plastic is Made

This is How Plastic is Made

How It’s Made – Plastic Plastic has been around for much longer than most of us know. In its earliest form (some say as early

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How is Snow Made?

How is Snow Made?

Tis the season for snow! With that, we thought we’d make our monthly installment of the How It’s Made article about snow. There are two

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How Are Fireworks Made

How Are Fireworks Made?

It’s the heart of summer now and that means many things – shorts and t-shirts, barbecuing and grilling, backyard pools or trips to the beach

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How is Recycling Done

How is Recycling Done?

A reader of our How It’s Made articles asked if we could share our knowledge about recycling. As a result, we adapted our How It’s

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This is How Plastic is Made

This is How Plastic is Made

How It’s Made – Plastic Plastic has been around for much longer than most of us know. In its earliest form (some say as early

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MAY 22 2019-NEW YORK: U.S. Navy Sailor from the USS New York stands at the Armed Forces Recruiting Station on the Military Island Plaza in Times Square during Fleet Week in Manhattan on May 22, 2019.

How It’s Made – USS New York

On September 11th, 2001, the unthinkable happened when four airplanes were hijacked by militants associated with the extremist group al Qaeda. Of the four planes,

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How Gasoline is Made Man at Pump

How It’s Made: Gasoline

The prices at the pumps have been higher than ever recently. In fact, US gas prices were the highest they’ve ever been which has many

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static electricity energy

How It’s Made – Static Electricity

Manufacturing really is the culmination of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). So, let’s go back to the classroom and talking science. More specifically, the

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Tips for Winter Driving

Tips for Winter Driving

Winter and winter driving. We all have a little bit of a love/hate relationship with it. The movies make it look like a magical time

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Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

It’s crucial to take precautions against the summer heat. With that in mind, below you will find a few essential tips to beat the summer

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Debunking New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions Redone – “Debunking Resolutions”   New Year’s resolutions are often cited as the unattainable goals we set in January, and they are iconic

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A man working during the holiday season. Away from home during the holidays

Not Home for the Holidays

Not Home for the Holidays You don’t have to look hard during this time of year to realize the holidays are upon us. City streets

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Grief Awareness

National Grief Awareness Day

National Grief Awareness Day is August 30 this year. It began almost a decade ago. The intention of this day (and National Grief Awareness Month

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Dock worker man wearing safety helmet drinking water at containers cargo

Tips & Tricks: Stay Hydrated

Did you know that FlexTrades has an entire behind the scenes safety team!? It’s called “Safety First”. FlexTrades’ #1 priority is to keep our people

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PTSD awareness month. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder health awareness for banner, poster, card and background design.

PTSD Awareness Month Checklist

June is National PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Month, but it started as just one day. In 2010, the US Senate declared June 27 to

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december calendar

December Charitable Calendar

New Traditions at PMG The Backstory Years ago, my sister started a tradition for my nieces and nephews, as well as my kids, where she

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charity day

International Day of Charity

On Saturday, September 5, we celebrate International Day of Charity.  This celebration began in Hungary to commemorate Mother Theresa’s death in 1997. It was declared

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Delivering presents to FamilyWise

Fourth Quarter Charitable Results

While PMG chooses a charitable organization each quarter to donate either time or money to, the fourth quarter initiative felt extra special this year.  It

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Q4 Charitable Initiative

Spreading Joy this Holiday Season   ‘Giving is not just about making a donation.  It is about making a difference.’ ~ Kathy Calvin, President &

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KINMN – PMG Charitable Event

On August 1, PMG partnered with a non-profit organization called Kids in Need Minnesota (KINMN) to help support their annual 24 Hours to Empower event. 

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2019 Polar Plunge

Every year, across snow-country in America, do-gooders and thrill-seekers choose to jump into freezing water to warm hearts. If you’re thinking that sounds crazy, you’re

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PMG Volunteers at TCKINRC!

  As part of our commitment to community involvement, in Q3 PMG directed an internal school supply drive to collect donations for the Twin Cities

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PMG Gives Back

PMG makes it a top priority to give back to the community whenever possible. At least once per quarter, the PMG team picks a foundation

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homemade gift guide

Homemade Gift Guide

Attention Travel Technicians: Homemade Gift Guide  Put a homemade twist on gifts during the holidays with this homemade gift guide. Check out these affordable and

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Dock worker man wearing safety helmet drinking water at containers cargo

Tips & Tricks: Stay Hydrated

Did you know that FlexTrades has an entire behind the scenes safety team!? It’s called “Safety First”. FlexTrades’ #1 priority is to keep our people

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Where Do FlexTrades' Technicians Work

Where Do FlexTrades’ Technicians Work?

FlexTrades plays a pivotal role in the manufacturing sector by providing highly skilled tradespeople, thereby enhancing production efficiency, minimizing downtime, and reducing backlogs. In essence,

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a new beginning

A New Beginning

Day one seems like a distant memory, A leaf swept away by the icy breeze, Distant— —yet familiar. A year ago, I was a leaf

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first day new job

First Day at a New Job

What Not to Do – Edition 1 First Day at a New Job There’s a lot of information available today about what we SHOULD do

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FlexTrades: Aerospace Case Study

Proficient Skillsets Lead to Monthly Output Increase An esteemed client in the aerospace sector was grappling with an extensive backlog amidst a constrained local market.

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Case Study Superior Technician Quality

Case Study: Superior Technician Quality

Tool and Die Technicians Supporting Large Work Orders  This Metalworking facility required additional Technicians to support a surge in their work orders. FlexTrades provided three

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Case Study Keep Production Moving (1)

Case Study: Keep Production Moving

Multi-Skilled Technicians Address Supply Chain Issues One of our agricultural machinery clients was experiencing material delays related to COVID-19 supply chain issues. As a result,

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