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 could simply be that it is the holiday season and everyone seems a little more generous this time of year.  Maybe, as a mom, I can empathize with the struggle so many parents face.  Perhaps, it’s that FamilyWise provided us with the names and ages of each family member we adopted, and we got to know them a little bit by viewing their wish list and seeing what they wanted under their Christmas tree.

With the generosity of PMG employees and an incredibly generous anonymous donor, we raised over $3,300 in donated gifts and financial donations.  We purchased EVERYTHING our 19 family members asked for and donated $767 to FamilyWise to help other families in need of assistance this time of year.


This season, FamilyWise sponsored 150 families in their Adopt-a-Family program – a total of 600 individuals benefited!

We are so grateful that we were able to bless our three adopted families with gifts this holiday season.

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you!

To learn more about FamilyWise, visit their website at http://familywiseservices.org/

Beth Bangtson, HR Manager

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It’s on our business cards, webinars, email signatures, and blog bylines, but what is ReTool?  Simple question, we know, but the answer is anything but simple because ReTool is a lot of things.

History of ReTool

ReTool started in January 2017 with a question. PMG, like all those working in the manufacturing sector, was aware of the growing skills gap in technical trades and wanted to know what we could do to address it. Our answer was ReTool and a new PMG team was born.

The mission of ReTool is to address the growing skills gap in manufacturing by creating partnerships with military and technical institutions that allow PMG to beneficially develop skilled talent and deliver it to the manufacturers who need it around America. Three years after its inception, that mission is still going strong AND growing.

By the beginning of 2020, ReTool will have connected with over a thousand technical programs at hundreds of technical schools, community colleges, and military installations around the country. From career fairs and employer tables to classroom and virtual presentations, we bring the message of gainful employment opportunities in manufacturing (and with PMG) to the millennial masses and encourages them to pursue them.

ReTool Partners with Nepris

ReTool is not only adjusting the way PMG recruits and places talent, but it also functions as the industry advocates and outreach experts at PMG. As industry advocates, we connect with younger generations, creates excitement for a career in technical trades, and helps make sure the skills gap isn’t a recurring problem for our industry. A major partner in this endeavor has been Nepris whose platform has allowed PMG to connect with over 1400 students, in almost 100 classrooms, across 13 states, in just over a year.

Free Online Resources

However, it’s not good to push people into this industry, especially if they aren’t coming in with the tools they need to succeed. That is why, in support of its other efforts, ReTool has become the defacto education arm of PMG too. This education is provided in a multitude of ways:

  • Expert blogs on topics like Phone Interview Tips 
  • Free Webinars covering information such as soft skills and their importance in technical trades
  • Monthly newsletters regarding things like what changes Industry 4.0 may bring to manufacturing

All resources are free to access, download, and playback on demand.

Connect with ReTool

Regardless of the medium, we want to make sure the next generation of workforce arrives, not only able to get hired, but capable of staying hired AND thriving throughout their career in this industry.

If you’re wondering how to address the skills gap at your company and would like to see if some of what we do with ReTool would work for you, please check out our website at www.pmgservices.com. You can also connect with our team by emailing retoolrecruiting@pmgservices.com .


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New Year, New You.

You’ve heard it, read it, or said it yourself. You’ve set your own New Year’s resolutions or heard resolutions from friends, family, and colleagues. Were the resolutions full of “eat better”, “join a gym”, “spend less, save more”? I wouldn’t be surprised since those are three of the five Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions made across the US. There’s a common factor, too: improving yourself through health or wealth.

When making resolutions, it seems we aren’t thinking about the 2,080+ hours/year we spend working (that’s 23% of one year, by the way!) and the opportunity to make those hours better.  Let’s take a look at ways to make professional growth part of your 2020 New Year’s Resolutions list.


  • What do you enjoy most about your job and how can you spend more time doing that?
  • What’s holding you back and how can you overcome it?
  • What’s a negative aspect of your job and how can you change that?
  • Where do you want to be and what do you want to be doing in July 2020 – six short months after the new year?
  • Where do you want to be and what do you want to be doing in December 2020, one year from now?



Here’s some examples of goals and resolutions. If these don’t do it for you, use them for inspiration.

Learn a new skill or gain a professional certification

Think about what you want to learn that ties in closely with current tasks. Once you’ve decided what it is that you want to learn, it’s likely as simple as letting your manager know.

Read books and articles

Make them relevant to your position, industry, or daily tasks. It’s as easy as completing a quick Google search online.

Update your resume

We forget to do this until we absolutely have to do it. Do it now (and throughout the year) while you can still remember and recall all the amazing things you do!

Build a professional network

This can be done in-person or online. Try the 30-day LinkedIn challenge presented by PMG’s own Market & Innovation Development Associate, Josh Erickson. You can find it here: LinkedIn 30-Day Challenge

If you’re not on LinkedIn, make that your first resolution and feel the high of successfully meeting one resolution already!

Find a work mentor

Work mentors aren’t just there to tell you how to change and improve. Mentors do so much more! Here’s some ideas for finding a mentor from national bestselling author, Jeff Goins.

Clean up and clean out

I’m talking about your filing cabinet, toolbox, email inbox, even your car! Clearing out these spaces improves productivity and performance. This article applies to an office setting but you can easily apply it to the shop floor, the employee lunch room, or any other aspect closely related to your job and career.


Don’t let your New Year’s Resolutions Become Dissolutions. Make sure you follow the best practices for success, including:

  1. Being reasonable and realistic about your goals. Choosing the right goals.
  2. Setting goals that can be measured
  3. Setting goals that can be achieved through increments – “mini-goals”
  4. Sharing your goals with those who can support you


Don’t forget to celebrate your wins!

Cheers to the New Year and Cheers to You!

Kim Mooney, Technical Manager & Coach