Meet GianCarlo B., a Quality Inspector at PMG. GianCarlo has been with PMG since October and is currently working on his first PMG project. Learn more about him in the Q&A session below!

Q&A with GianCarlo

How long have you been working in manufacturing?

I have been working in manufacturing for 11 years now. I started when I was just 15 years old.

What drew you to the trade?

Colleagues inspired and encouraged me to pick it up, due to it being a career that can be used in many industries. I’ve always enjoyed challenges and problem solving so having a career that tested my mentality was something that I liked

Have you had any formal training?

I have taken a shop math and GD&T course to further my knowledge on the trade.

Before working at PMG, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I was a Marketing President for a Health company, did that for about 2 years. I built an organization of close to 1k people from scratch.

What do you like most about working for PMG?

Outside of the support team, I’m very thankful for the benefits and security I’ve been given. By just following the guidelines and meeting expectations, this has been able to take care of myself and others without worry.

What is one thing you miss or wish you had with you while on the road?

Friends from my hometown. Thankfully it’s easy to visit them, but having them within arm’s reach is always beneficial.

How do you balance your career at PMG and family?

By adopting a philosophy of “don’t miss anything”. Once I’m done with work and I get back home, I’m ready to go. It’d be unfair to my family if I allowed the day to ware me out before doing anything with them. The “don’t miss anything” philosophy means to do as much as you can, when you can. If there’s a new movie that comes out, go see it. If an artist is performing in a neighboring city, go attend the concert. If a restaurant has awesome reviews, go indulge and see what it’s about. I do my absolute best to get the most out of my time with my family during the work week so it doesn’t feel like I’m “always gone/working”.

What are some career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

I’ll share one because I feel it’s the most important that has helped me. We get paid for the value we bring to the market place. If you want more, you must first become more. Continuing to work on your trade/craft to better yourself will always help keep you ahead.

When you’re not working, what sort of hobbies do you like to do in your free time?

I’m a hip-hop dancer. It’s been my passion since I was child. Fortunately, I was able to take it to the next level and perform all over doing shows and competitions. Now I do it for pure fun.

What is something fun you’re looking forward to in 2019?

2019 is the year I’ve dedicated to rebuilding and reshaping my life. The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is seeing my results at the end of the year and comparing them to where I was when I ended 2018. Progress is the key to happiness, so I can’t wait to see where my family and I end up!

Meet Kellen!

Kellen is a Pipeline Development Coordinator and joined PMG 10 months ago. He first started in a temporary capacity and assisted our Technical Solutions team in the recruitment of new technicians.

About Me

My name is Kellen and I am a recent college grad who has been working at PMG for just under a year! In my free time I like to travel and hang out with friends and family. I also enjoy playing and watching pretty much any sport.

What are your main responsibilities as a Pipeline Development Coordinator?

Lots of cold and “warm” calling of manufacturing candidates. I conduct phone interviews with candidates and update our database with their resume and interview information.

This is the first time I’ve ever done a job like this. In fact, this was my first job after graduating college. It didn’t take long until it was second nature. PMG offers a really great training program that brought me up to speed quickly.

How did you learn about the opportunity with PMG?

Networking! It is all about who you know.

What do you like most about your job?

I love calling and speaking with people. It makes every day really fun and interesting. I recruit for a variety of positions so I get to learn a little bit about a lot of things.

What do you like most about working for PMG?

The office culture. Everyone is very friendly and my team is very easy to work with. I also love that the dress code is casual.

What are some hobbies you do in your free time?

I love to hang out with my friends and play soccer. On the weekends, I like to visit breweries and local dive bars. My favorite place to grab a beer is Dangerous Man Brewing. My favorite restaurant is Lagos Tacos- you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

What celebrity/inspirational person do you admire the most?

Lionel Messi. He plays soccer for Barcelona. I’ve looked up to him since childhood.

What did you want to be when growing up?

I always wanted to be a professional soccer player.

What advice would you give to a recent new hires at PMG?

Don’t’ be afraid to ask questions, you will have a lot! And always keep a positive attitude- that will go a long way.

What animal describes the “work you”?

Probably a parrot because I talk to so many people in a day I have gotten really good at adjusting my communication style to the people I am speaking with.

Spring is in the air and for employers and job-seekers across America that can only mean one thing – Career Fair Season!

Here at PMG, we already have a handful of booths under our belt, but a recent event at a local tech school couldn’t help but catch our attention with the unique spin one of their programs put on an old standard.


PMG ReTool attended an employer event at Hennepin Technical College in February and while the school had a traditional career fair scheduled for the afternoon, the Robotics, Mechatronics and Automation Engineering program rolled out their Reverse Career Fair in the morning. Automation instructors Brad Thorpe and Jeff Thorstad came up with this idea to help connect their students with employers. The main goal was to have students set out their semester class projects, science fair style, and individually present them to employers. This allowed those seeking to hire the ability to connect with prospective employees in a much more personal manner than a traditional employer’s table. It also provided the opportunity for employers to connect with the actual hands on classwork in a far more direct way than they typically do. However, the real benefit was how it also gave the students an opportunity to give their class work the most “real world emphasis” possible.


While PMG ReTool observed several student projects, there were a few that stood out the most. One student used their project to win a $10,000 grant from the manufacturer for best alternative use of a PLC that is already utilized in production facilities. Another student, who already has industry experience, decided to trouble-shoot a trouble-shooting module.

In addition, many used their projects to simulate systems they’d be maintaining in a production environment. For example, a student used his previous experience as an extrusion mold operator to simulate the maintenance of larger systems associated with such a facility. Some students even considered recording their presentations and including a hyperlink to the video in their resumes so they could speak to the inevitable “lack of experience” push back they would encounter during the application and interview processes.

Overall, ReTool was not only impressed with the quality of training, preparation, and projects, but with the way students and instructors used these projects to present their class time as being far more applicable to in-production experience than it is generally considered. If you are preparing to enter the manufacturing industry, or are in the position of training those who are, you may want to consider adding a Reverse Career Fair component to your next employer event to give your classwork the best chance to shine in the real world.

Josh Erickson, ReTool Associate

Topic: How to best prepare for a career in manufacturing

When: March 8, 2019 at 1pm, CST

Whether you’re in a technical program today, considering entrance into a technical program tomorrow or looking to improve in a position you already hold, this webinar will provide tips on how to best prepare for a career in manufacturing.

Join us on March 8 at 1pm, CST to learn how you can give yourself the best opportunity to stand out from the competition when trying to enter into or advance within your manufacturing career.

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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 right! It is crazy fun and called the Polar Plunge.

This year, in 21 communities across Minnesota, volunteers from law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, and fire departments will erect warming tents, inflate giant polar bear balloons, and cut holes in ice thick enough to hold a small city of spectators and volunteers in preparation for their Polar Plunge events to support Special Olympics Minnesota. All that just so more than 11,000 well-intention weirdos can don wigs, tutus, and adult onesies as they jump into a few of our 10,000 lakes in order to raise more than $2 million dollars statewide.

“The plunge is a most gratifying experience. It’s an event for all ages and stages; for those who are looking to stretch their ‘norm’ and do so for a cause. My favorite part of the plunge is walking off the shuttle to a welcoming line of people I’ve never met before, but who are willing to high-five me and encourage me in my efforts for the day. I sense community when I’m at the plunge,” said Kim, PMG TST member.

For the second year in a row, PMG chose to support Special Olympics Minnesota for its Q1 charitable initiative by forming a plunge team and raising funds. The 2.0 version of Team PMG almost doubled its total plunger count (from 7 to 12 PMG-ers) and more than quadrupled its funds raised (from just under $1200 in 2018 to just over $5100 this year). All donations supported the Plunge event held at Prior Lake on February 16, 2019. Money was donated by friends, family, coworkers, partners, and client companies. These efforts led to Team PMG ranking as the top fundraiser among small businesses, top three among corporations of any size, and number seven overall from all donor entities combined for Prior Lake’s Plunge event. PMG is still currently in the top 10 Small Corporation Fundraisers which consists of participants for all 21 plunge events statewide!

“I love the idea of being able to give this gift to children,” said Emily, PMG intern. “As a college student, I would like to give back more, but I do not have a ton of free time or funds to donate. The polar plunge is awesome because this year, I raised $350 just by sharing on Facebook and other networks. I sacrificed maybe an hour of my time for the jump and froze for five minutes… so worth it knowing what that does for the kids.”

To put those numbers in proper perspective, $5000 can help start 10 new Special Olympic delegations across Minnesota, feed 1000 athletes at a state competition, start 20 new respect campaigns in local schools, or fully sponsor 2.5 Minnesota SO athletes for the USA Special Olympics Games.  Those amazing results, and the fun had achieving them, are just a couple of the reasons why it is easy, as an employee, to be proud of PMG.

Justin W., PMG CST member and first time plunger said, “Getting cold for a great cause never hurt anyone. It’s really cool that PMG backed those within the company that plunged and provided so much support for the cause.”

In an ever-changing employment market that is drawing from an ever-shrinking talent pool, it is worth mentioning that millennial and subsequent generations now entering the workforce are almost unanimously cited as claiming that increased opportunities to give back to their communities and build engagement in their workplaces are as important (if not more so) to them than pure compensation and benefits. To put it plainly, younger workers want to work for companies that care.

“I think it’s awesome that PMG is willing to put so much time and resources in to the Plunge,” said Emily. “The Special Olympics of MN is a great cause. In school, we learn a lot about corporate responsibility and PMG is a great example of it. By sponsoring/donating, it shows that PMG cares about so much more than just generating a profit.”

If you’re looking for ways to make your younger workers inclined to feel the same about your company, maybe you should consider doing something crazy next year and take The Plunge!

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