There’s a lot of thought that goes into my writing here at PMG. Before publishing any content, I always ask myself, am I adding value to this conversation or topic, what are my motivations in writing this article, and what do I hope to gain?

Of course this is what I did when writing this article, as well.

Every year, June is celebrated as Pride month. What does that mean for employers and employees? Let’s start at the beginning.

Why Do We Celebrate Pride Month in June?

Pride Month is celebrated in honor of the Stonewall Uprising (also known as the Stonewall Riots). In the 1960s, police raids at gay bars were not uncommon and tensions were high. On June 28th, 1969, an early police raid occurred at Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn, which was a popular gathering spot for those who identified as gay. Riots broke out in response to the raid. As a result of the riots, and the very visible need for more acceptance and services for the gay community, individual activists convened into groups, demanding the right to live openly and without fear of persecution or arrest. This was considered a major event in the Gay Liberation Movement. However, it did not end discrimination.

As recently as October 2020, The Center for American Progress reported that:

  • “More than 1 in 3 LGBTQ Americans faced discrimination of some kind in the past year, including more than 3 in 5 transgender Americans.”
  • “Discrimination adversely affects the mental and economic well-being of many LGBTQ Americans, including 1 in 2 who report moderate or significant negative psychological impacts.”
  • “To avoid the experience of discrimination, more than half of LGBTQ Americans report hiding a personal relationship, and about one-fifth to one-third have altered other aspects of their personal or work lives.”
  • “15 percent of LGBTQ Americans report postponing or avoiding medical treatment due to discrimination, including nearly 3 in 10 transgender individuals.”
  • “Transgender individuals faced unique obstacles to accessing health care, including 1 in 3 who had to teach their doctor about transgender individuals in order to receive appropriate care.”

What Can Employers Do?

First and foremost, look internally. Are you an ally? Do you provide a safe space? Or do you just talk a big game? It’s important that you do not utilize Pride Month as an opportunity to simply “rainbow-fy” your company logo or social media pages. You also need to take actionable steps to ensure that internal policy promotes equality and emphasizes fair employment for LGBTQ+ employees. Need suggestions? Here’s a few:

  1. Provide training on diversity and inclusion.
  2. Within your mission statement and internal goals, emphasize your support of LGBTQ+ people among other disenfranchised groups.
  3. Check your benefits package. Does it include things like adoption leave, maternity AND paternity leave, and health benefits for partners, not just spouses?
  4. Read through your anti-discrimination policy. Does it clearly state your anti-discrimination expectations and the consequences for those who don’t comply?
  5. Allow your employees to use non-binary pronouns and make a concerted effort to use the chosen pronoun(s).
  6. Create and offer employee resource groups (ERGs) or committees that act as support systems for LGBTQ+ employees and/or who provide guidance for your organization.
  7. Support LGBTQ+ people in your local area by actively participating, sponsoring, and/or emphasizing events and resources to those within your organization.

When doing this, remember that “your actions speak louder than your words”. It’s not just about positive press but about a diverse, inclusive workforce. It also needs to be all year round, not just for one month. Your audience will know whether your authentic or not!

What Can Co-Workers Do?

 As an employee, you can do the following to show support for your LGBTQ+ coworkers:

  1. Pay attention to subtle (or not-so-subtle) acts of bias, whether it be comments, memes, jokes, or actions. Call out the transgressor in a respectful way or report what you’ve seen or heard to your HR department.
    1. Not 100% confident in your ability to communicate this? You can check out PMG’s blog post about communicating at work or read many other online articles for tips & tricks.
  2. Validate the feelings of LGBTQ+ co-workers after you notice acts of bias.
  3. Use the preferred non-binary pronoun(s) of your coworker(s). Many employees identify with non-conforming genders so rather than “he” or “she”, it is preferred that you use “they” or “them”.
  4. Educate yourself. Learn the history, the definitions, the struggles, the facts, and the fiction!
  5. Review your company’s policies. Are there clear anti-discrimination policies? If so, great but are they being followed? If not, then it’s your job to speak to HR and other higher-level executives to push for change.
  6. Participate in events that celebrate and promote diversity and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ people within your local community.
  7. Donate to charities directly affecting and working to change the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ people. The Trevor Project is a leading organization across the United States, but it’s just one of many!

With all that said, whether you’re an employer or an employee, keep in mind that although Pride Month is a celebration of and a fight for the freedom of LGBTQ+ people, it can’t go without saying we can celebrate love and freedom always.

Kim Mooney, Technical Manager & Coach







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  • Coagulation
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  • Blood Bank
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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

Natural Rubber

Synthetic Rubber/Polymers


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


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


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

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!

Safe travels!

Kim Mooney, Technical Manager & Coach

PMG believes that those who eat better work better. But we don’t just want you to work better; we want you to feel better too! This blog aims to help you feed yourself with better fuel and we have tips, tricks, and recipes to make that possible. If you missed our last lunchbox hack, there’s still plenty of summer left to get grilling, so check it out now.

Eating vegetables is always an important part of any diet because of the contributions they make to your health in terms of vitamins, minerals, complex carbs, fiber, and heart-healthy “good” fats. Proper vegetable intake is even more important during the hot summer months because they help keep you hydrated too. That makes this a great time of year to recommit to getting more vegetables into your daily lunchbox.


There’s lots of great ways to work more veggies into your daily lunch and kids can benefit too! One of the easiest things to do is to think about how you can replace an item with a vegetable rather than just simply adding them. For example, think about your favorite, old reliable sandwich. Now swap out the bread for something green and call it a lettuce wrap. Voila! Instant vegetable increase!


Start with a bag of frozen vegetables. They’re cheap, easy to cook in the microwave, and they can double as an ice pack in your cooler!

You might be saying, “Wait! Great idea, but I work outside. How does this help me?” The answer to that is easy. If you work on sites or in situations where a microwave isn’t handy, wrap your frozen (but thawing) veggies in tinfoil before lunch time, and let them sit in the sun while on top of your cooler or on your dash. Depending on temperatures and cloud cover, an hour should normally be enough.


One of the easiest ways to eat more vegetables is to not eat them at all. Drink them instead!

A tasty smoothie can make a lot of vegetables go down easy while also being easy to prep. Try this Kale Pineapple Smoothie recipe next time you have the blender out. Then just make sure to leave enough to pack for work the next day!

If you found some of these ideas to be helpful, check out our earlier Lunchbox Hacks on our blog page for more to chew on.

Have some delicious tips, tricks, or recipes of your own you’d like to share? Send them to our Writing Team and we might feature them in future posts. Either way, we hope you work safely and eat healthy today!

Josh Erickson, ReTool Public Relations & Engagement Specialist

An Ode to My Dad

With a quick Google search on the significance of Father’s Day, you’ll find it took 58 years AFTER Mother’s Day became an official holiday for fathers to get a similar day of honor.

I get that things were different back in the early-to mid-1900’s; that a father’s place was at work every day, to make money so the family could have a nice car, maintain a beautiful yard, and put food on the table (not literally since mom was the one expected to put food on the table – que the eye roll). But what a crazy and awesome turn for dads in the past 50 years.

The Early Years

I think of how my own dad grew up, with his dad as the ultimate disciplinarian when he was home, but so often away serving his country, working for the US government as the sole provider for the family. There was an expectation that my dad and his brothers be tough, manly men, who stood as head of the household at all costs.

For my early years, my dad hopped on his bike each morning and peddled his way to his office at an industrial park, where he spent his days as a graphic designer. Then, he peddled home in the evening to stand over his easel, drawing cars for the local car club and airbrushing that nostalgic marker smell over each detail of his drawing.

While my dad was also the disciplinarian in our family (“Just wait until your dad gets home” was the scariest thing my mom would say to us all summer), he was also the one who played basketball with us in the parking lot. He played ‘sock-it-to-ya’ getting dressed for work in the mornings. Dad taught us how to pitch/catch on our front sidewalk. He took us to car shows and air shows to share his love of old cars and cool planes.

When my parents divorced when I was 9 years old, my mom moved out. Dad was suddenly responsible for everything – for waking us up every morning to get ready for school and for making our dinner every night. He took the phone calls at work like, ‘Bonnie is so annoying’ or ‘Barbie made chocolate frosting and won’t share’ or ‘Becky’s freckles smell’ (don’t ask – sorry Becca)! Dad had to deal with the insecurities of tweenage girls, the daily arguments between my sisters and I, and the constant fear that something horrible might happen to any one of us at any point in time. My love, admiration, and respect for my dad grew during that time, but I was too young to have the slightest idea of what he was going through as a single father of four.


The  Best Father a Girl Could Ask For

While my dad never was and still isn’t perfect, and he has his own insecurities as a father that even after 40 years I can’t get out of his head, his hugs are like medicine to my soul and his ridiculously contagious laugh makes my heart smile. What I’ve grown to realize, is that the unconditional love that dads have for their children easily morphs into an unconditional love that children have for their dads. We can look past any flaws, any challenges, any disagreements, and just love the man who loves us without fail.

To all the dads who put everything into raising their little people to be better versions of themselves – biological dad’s, step-dad’s, uncles playing the role of dad, older brothers forced to step in when dad can’t be there – enjoy your day of honor. While it may have come later than it should have, you still deserve to celebrate you and all that you do!

Happy Father’s Day!

Beth Bangtson, HR Manager





We want to emphasize how pets are a valued part of our FlexTrades family! Many of our technicians travel across the United States to various project assignments, and to show our appreciation for our furry friends, we even offer Pet Insurance as part of our benefits package. There’s no denying that pets bring a lot of joy into our lives, and we take every opportunity to celebrate their presence.

In June, we observed National Adopt a Cat Month, and it’s remarkable how adoption can be a fantastic way to add a new, four-legged member to any family. To get more insights into the heartwarming stories of our team’s cat adoptions, we’ve turned to our in-house feline aficionados to share their experiences with adoption and why it’s so special.

Patty & Paul

FlexTrades National Adopt a Cat Month

One of our team members chose to adopt their cats, Patty and Paul, due to the significant overpopulation of cats. They adopted from a shelter run by a dedicated woman inside her home who relies on donations and adoptions to keep it running. This shelter has never turned away a single cat and has given a chance to many cats that most other shelters might have put down. Cats have a reputation compared to dogs, but this team member’s experience with them has been nothing but positive. They encourage everyone to give cats a chance, emphasizing the need for adoption.

Lady Phillis Butters Hepburn Roberts

FlexTrades National Adopt a Cat Month

Another team member shared their story of adopting Lady Phillis Butters Hepburn Roberts, also known as Butters. The decision to adopt Butters was somewhat spontaneous. When they set out to adopt a cat, they found that many shelters were closed in Utah on Sundays. They turned to PetCo, which was open, and there they found Butters. It was love at first sight, as Butters immediately showed affection and jumped onto their shoulders, as if saying, “I’m coming home with you.” Butters has been with them for seven years now, bringing joy with her playful and affectionate nature.

Sugar & Spice

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This pair of 8-year-old littermates, Sugar and Spice, found a loving home through a heartwarming story of rescue. A friend reached out to our team member over seven years ago after a young couple was evicted from their apartment building, leaving behind a young male kitten. As they headed to the scene, they discovered not just the male kitten but also his younger sister. Both were in the parking lot, and it was clear they needed a loving home. These kittens became part of the family, and they have been cherished family members ever since. In this case, our team member didn’t adopt from a shelter, but they still consider it adoption. They’ve always chosen to adopt animals to provide them with a home in their time of need.

Chaz & Marley

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Chaz and Marley, two beloved cats, were adopted from the Golden Valley Humane Society. Our team member intentionally chose to adopt cats that had been in the shelter for a longer period. This act of adoption was driven by the desire to offer a loving home to cats who needed one. Their commitment to adoption helped these cats find a forever home, and they have been cherished family members since then.


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Meet Arya, an adorable kitten adopted from a shelter. Arya has become an integral part of our team member’s family, bringing joy, playfulness, and a sense of adventure to their home. Arya’s presence has enriched their family life, and they couldn’t imagine their home without her.

Bob Cat

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Bob Cat’s story is a testament to the bond that can form through rescue. He was discovered along a freeway, abandoned by his previous owner. He took refuge in a shed to survive a harsh Minnesota winter and was found by our team member when they opened the shed for the spring. Bob Cat showed an immediate affection for people and connected with our team member. He was brought home, cared for, and became an important member of the family. Bob Cat played a vital role in teaching important life lessons to both humans and other animals in the household.


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Georgia’s story is one of compassion and kindness. She was found roaming an alley in North Minneapolis, appearing malnourished and in distress. Our team member came to her rescue and provided her with a loving forever home. They highlight the importance of adopting animals, noting that it not only brings a new friend into your life but also creates space in shelters for other animals seeking a loving family.

At FlexTrades, we understand the significance of adoption and the positive impact it has on the lives of both animals and their human companions. Our team members’ stories exemplify the love and joy that come from adopting cats and providing them with forever homes. We celebrate these heartwarming adoption stories and encourage everyone to consider adoption when welcoming a new pet into their lives. 

World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) takes place on June 14th and is celebrated around the world to raise awareness for the need for safe blood and blood products.

I’ve been donating blood since my senior year in high school (way too long ago) – and even though I donate every 56 days, it still feels like such a rewarding experience each time, because I know what a difference those few minutes can make to someone in need of blood.

In honor of WBDD, I wanted to share some common concerns and facts in hopes of convincing you to think twice next time you drive by a blood donation bus or see there is a blood drive near you!

Concern #1: I don’t like needles

I’m not sure anyone LOVES needles but your fear or hatred of needles can be overcome for a few short minutes, I promise. Prepare yourself in advance for your first donation by reading up on the donation process. While you’re donating, you are always reminded to look away in case you don’t like needles. You also get a chance to just kick back and relax for 10 minutes or less. Don’t forget, the snacks afterwards are a little bonus too. Best of all is the pride you’ll have for being able to donate!

Did you know that 1 pint of blood can help save as many as 3 lives?

Concern #2: I’m not sure I’m eligible 

If you’re in good health, over the age of 17 (or 16 with parental consent), and weigh at least 110 pounds, you’re probably eligible. Less than 38% of Americans are able to donate and unfortunately, less than 10% actually roll up their sleeves and follow-through.

Did you know that every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood and/or platelets?

Concern #3: Is it safe to donate?

Absolutely! Each donation requires the use of sterile needles and the technician discards them after one use. You’ll also complete a mini-physical prior to donating to make sure you’re healthy enough to donate that day.

Did you know that a single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood?

Concern #4: I’m afraid I’ll faint.

In all the years I’ve been donating or have hosted blood drives, I’ve never seen anyone faint, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Most donors feel fine after donating, especially if they’ve drank plenty of fluids and eaten plenty of food prior to their donation. Plus, you’ll have experts around during the entire donation process who are paying close attention and constantly asking you how you’re feeling; they want to make sure this is a positive experience for you.

Did you know you have about 10 pints of blood in your body? The loss of 1 pint during blood donation can be replenished is a pretty short amount of time.

Concern #5: I don’t have the right kind of blood

At times, there may be more of a demand for one particular type of blood, but there’s always a need and a purpose for every type.

Did you know that Sickle Cell Disease affects more than 80,000 people in the US? Sickle Cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.

As you’re deciding what to do over your next lunch break or what to do with that hour you have to spare between your kids’ soccer game and dance class, consider finding a donation site near you and saving someone’s life.

For more quick facts, check out:

Beth Bangtson, HR Manager

Paving Your (Career) Path to CNC Programming

The COVID-19 pandemic greatly interrupted and disrupted the global labor market in 2020. As we finally start to climb out of it, we are seeing the effects and likely lasting changes the pandemic created. With these changes in the labor market, you might even be thinking about making your own career change.

Here at PMG, we highly recommend that you check out a career (if you haven’t already) in the manufacturing sector. There are many reasons to consider a career in manufacturing including the opportunity for advancement, growth and development. In fact, regardless of where you start in manufacturing, hard work, continued education, and commitment will pave the way for growth. A career in CNC machining and programming is an area, out of many in manufacturing, that is experiencing high demand for skilled talent. Let’s take a look at the career arc of a CNC Programmer, starting from the very beginning as a CNC Operator.

machine operator working on a CNC machine

CNC Operator

To become a CNC Operator, here are three great starting points:

Go Back to School

Enroll in, and graduate from, an accredited technical or trade school with an accredited Machine Tool or CNC Manufacturing Technology program. By doing so, you will have a solid foundation of not only education & knowledge but also hands on machining skills. You’ll also learn the importance of safe operations and creating quality parts, all items every employer wants in their CNC Operators and Machinists.

Be an Apprentice

Find an apprenticeship at a nearby manufacturer and spend that time learning everything you can, even if it’s short-term. While you’re there, make sure to do all you can to turn the apprenticeship into a fulltime, permanent position!

Start Entry-Level

Research manufacturers near you who utilize CNC machinery for their production operations. Whether they are hiring or not, apply. Contact their HR and Talent Acquisition teams to let them know that you are eager to work for them. Also, be willing to start in a position outside of CNC operations so you can work your way up.

Once you’ve chosen just where to start, the same goes for this job as it does for any other.  Put your time, effort, and abilities in to show your employer that you are not only dedicated but driven. Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself so they know your desired career path, either. Additionally, continue your education by researching the manufacturing and CNC industries.

CNC Machinist

Once you’ve put in your time, energy, and attention as a CNC Operator (keep in mind, this timeline will vary based on your commitment as well as your employer’s ability), your next step is to work as a CNC Machinist. What’s the difference, you ask? CNC Operators essentially load material into machinery for the machining operations, monitor the machine during operations, unload the finished part, and inspect to ensure quality standards are met. But, there is more to CNC machines than that. CNC machines also need to be setup to run and that’s precisely what CNC Machinists do.

To become a CNC Setup Machinist, do the following:

Take the initiative to learn and ask questions. Ask questions of your coworkers, leads, supervisors, and managers at your place of employment but don’t stop there. Also look for those in your personal network or community who can share information with you.

Watch carefully as others perform setup operations. Take notes when doing so, and review the notes to acclimate yourself with the steps. Stay late or come in early to job shadow the machinists in your facility.

Research what it means to setup a machine, the steps it takes, and become knowledgeable enough to speak about it clearly and with detail.

Ask for training and hands-on opportunities to perform setup operations.

Get certified. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS) is a great option for securing machining certifications by passing written and practical exams.

Notice when your employer has a skills or production gap. Does your employer need setup machinists to run more efficiently and produce more? Did a skilled setup machinist recently retire, advance, or leave for another opportunity? Now is your chance to speak up and make your intentions clear. 

cnc programming

CNC Programmer

Similar to advancing from Operator to Machinist, it’s your time, energy, and attention that will bring you to the next level in CNC operations – CNC Programming. How do you get there?

To become a CNC Programmer, it’s important to do all the items listed above: take initiative, ask questions, research, ask for the opportunity, and notice when your employer has a skills or production gap. In addition to this, you should also:

Become an expert with G&M code. Study G&M codes and memorize them! G&M code is the foundation of CNC machine operations.

Study CNC tooling.

Know what kind of tooling is out there and the purposes for each.

Buy your own seat in a CAM software. I recommend that you buy the same software your employer is using or another software that is common industry-wide (Mastercam, for example). By purchasing a seat for your personal use at home, you are gifting yourself the tools and training needed to move to the next level.

Go back to school. Enroll in a local trade or technical school’s CNC Programming course to gain a degree or certificate specific to CNC programming.

Look for online, video-based training provided by the makers of CNC software. For instance, Mastercam provides training through Mastercam University.

Once you’re a highly-skilled CNC Programmer, it doesn’t have to stop there. However, no matter where you choose to settle in on the CNC path, it’s critical that you keep pushing. The manufacturing industry is always evolving and so are CNC machines. Stay ahead of the game by familiarizing yourself with the changes and new technologies as they come.

Lastly, consider working with PMG.

As an experienced CNC Operator, Machinist, or Programmer with PMG, you will gain invaluable experience and insight by working with some of the biggest manufacturers in the US, helping to promote your growth in the industry.

Interested?  Apply here.

If you’re lacking the experience but are a recent graduate from a technical school, join the PMG ReTool Team. We can help you gain the experience to go hand-in-hand with your education!

FAQs for PMG

PMG is all about manufacturing and this industry is all about making things. However, we try to remember the people doing the making, and all the things that are important to them. Our families, careers, and histories deserve recognition beyond what we do when we’re “on the clock”. In that light, this month’s PMG FAQ will gladly answer a question we’re hearing more often every year.

What is Juneteenth?

We’re thrilled to see interest in this holiday growing every year and we’re very happy to answer. Juneteenth is observed every year on June 19th, and has been since 1865. It began in Galveston, Texas, following the Civil War, as African American Emancipation Day. In the 156 years since, the celebration has grown and spread beyond the United States and, sometimes, beyond the date. Today, Juneteenth is a day, a week, and in some areas even a month that commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.


Juneteenth originated  when Major General Gordon Granger landed with his regiment and brought news to Texas of Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and General Robert E. Lee’s April 1865 surrender. This announcement “officially” freed the enslaved population of Texas with Granger’s General Order Number 3.

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.”

Why is it important today?

Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. But, as historian Henry Gates Jr says, today the day is “not only an opportunity to celebrate, but to speak out.” As it grows in national, and even global, perspective, Juneteenth is becoming an increasingly symbolic event to not only recognize the achievements of the past, but to also advocate for societal improvements in the future. In essence, we’re all collectively remembering where we came from while recommitting to what we want our future to be. How can you not celebrate that?


How can I celebrate?

In the Workplace

Recognizing Juneteenth in the workplace doesn’t just support corporate diversity; it shows a true commitment to creating a diverse workforce and recognition of an increasingly diverse society. There are many ways this can be done, but bringing in a guest speaker is a great one. If you don’t know how to start this conversation with your employer, read our previous blog for some resources regarding racism, and how to talk about it, in the workplace.

In the Community

If your community doesn’t already have a Juneteenth committee, forming one is a great first step. However, if it does, participating in events is all you really need to do. Whether attending a block party, hosting guest speakers, or watching a parade; the aim of the day is to remember, celebrate, encourage, and support freedom, unity, and improvement among all of us. There isn’t a wrong way to participate in that!

In the Home

Plan a special meal and gather the family together to acknowledge Juneteenth. Decorate your table and/or door with a Juneteenth theme and discuss what the celebration of the day means. Emphasize the mandates of responsibility and striving to be the best you can be. Make specific pledges for the remainder of the year, ask for support in accomplishing your goals, and commit to supporting the goals of another.

Additional Resources

We hope this FAQ didn’t just answer your question but inspires you to more actively engage with Juneteenth this year. If you still have questions, there’s a lot more to learn about the holiday. 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!