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.

Kim Mooney, Technical Manager & Coach



My nieces
People say it takes a village to raise a child. We’ve all heard that phrase before and National Aunt and Uncle’s Day is a great time to think about what it truly means.

Celebrated every year on July 26, this unofficial holiday has been around for quite a while. Its origins and history though are literally impossible to determine. Even in today’s easy-to-research, internet age there aren’t many details to be found. There’s not much information regarding how to observe the day either. Most sites just suggest a visit or call to spend some quality time together. However, I’d like to make my own suggestion as to how you can celebrate the often-unsung supporting actors in your family – tell their story. Here’s mine.

The Early Years

I was raised in a village. Now we have a couple thousand residents but, four decades ago, it was only a couple hundred people. It was small, so small in fact, that there wasn’t even daycare available for me as an infant. Not to worry though because I have uncles. They helped my grandma, around their regular jobs, start a daycare. Their sacrifices allowed her to care for me (and a generation of other country kids as well). Today, I know well over 50 fully grown men and women that still call them uncle too!

My Aunts

My maternal grandparents raised their own niece, in their home, because of addiction issues present in hers. She’s technically my cousin, but for almost 40 years, I’ve called her my aunt. She taught me how to use a globe, dominate at Scrabble, and appreciate a good book. Every single nursery rhyme I sing to my own nieces today can be credited to her as well. Another aunt made sure I got on the bus every morning throughout elementary and middle school. She taught me you don’t have to be a football expert to love the Vikings. She also bought me my first suit when I finally decided to pursue a career path that no longer required wearing a Hi-Vis shirt to work. It’s safe to say I wouldn’t be writing this article today if it weren’t for that suit!

My Uncles

I learned all about construction from my mom’s oldest brother. Her youngest is one of my greatest agricultural influences. And her middle brother taught me that there’s still a place in the trades for an artistic eye. Not always gentle, but ever kind, I never learned an unnecessary lesson from any of them. They are some of my best friends, greatest allies, and the ones that still get the tough questions first from me.

Next Generations

My aunts and uncles taught me to farm, hunt and fish. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to braid my own girls’ hair, frame a house, finish concrete, weld, operate a lathe, drive a stick, or a host of other things. They showed me how to work tirelessly, try unashamedly, and love unconditionally. It’s undebatable to say I would not be the man, or uncle, I am today without them.

That’s important too because, 12 years ago, my oldest niece was born into a situation that required more from me than the “typical” uncle. Two years later, her sister arrived. Life didn’t prepare me to raise girls, that’s for sure. It did prepare me to raise people though. Mostly because my own aunts and uncles were a major part of that preparation. I wish the lessons I’m passing along from them today serve my girls just as well in their own lives tomorrow. I’m pretty sure they will.

I hope you read this and take the time to reach out to your own aunts and uncles today. Tell them what you remember, what you can’t forget, what you appreciate; tell them anything you want, but make sure you tell them thank you. Then share their story too.

Josh Erickson, ReTool Public Relations & Engagement Specialist


Being Part of the PMG Team

My official title at PMG is Marketing Intern. Throughout my time here I have been able to learn quite a bit about the manufacturing industry and what it takes to be a technician. Along with that, I have worked with many different parts of our business including recruiting, sales, and business operations teams.

What Is My Role as an Intern?

Every day looks a little different, which keeps this job exciting and eventful. My manager gives me weekly assignments and I have the freedom to organize when to accomplish them. That combined with freedom to determine my assignment deadlines has taught me the importance of being disciplined.

Various tasks I perform:

  • Writing and publishing blog posts.
  • Creating and distributing PMG’s monthly newsletter.
  • Communicating with PMG technicians and other members of our team.
  • Posting available job opportunities online.
  • Scheduling and posting social media content to PMG’s online platforms.
  • Sharing videos and content to our YouTube page.

So Far, So Good

My first few months with PMG have been a great success! I have gained new skills and toolsets along with recognizing areas of weakness.

Some of the skills and tools I will keep using for the rest of my career:

  • Buffer – send company social media posts.
  • Constant Contact – send out email campaigns.
  • Google sheets – organize research findings.
  • PowerPoint – create a presentation for my research findings.

Work Hard and Play Hard

We work hard at PMG but there are rewards for the time everyone dedicates too. We are a goal-oriented company who is proud to celebrate our accomplishments in a variety of ways.

  • Lunch provided by PMG.
  • Happy hour at Willy McCoy’s!
  • Attending a St. Paul Saints baseball game.
  • Twice annual company parties.

Expectations vs. Reality 

Expectation: I expected to be handed the busy work and to not be fully trusted. To my surprise, that was the opposite of what occurred!

Reality: My team welcomed my skills and ideas with open arms. In fact, I was given important tasks to complete on my first day. They believed in me from day one and it has helped me stay confident throughout the entire internship!

Intern Life Outside of Work 

Outside of my time at PMG, I also study marketing at the University of St. Thomas. This fall I will be completing my final semester but that will be the beginning of my career.

Staying busy is in my DNA! Along with working at PMG, I am a personal trainer at Tiger Fit and a server at a restaurant called Big Bore BBQ.

My days are jam packed and I still find time for fun. A few of my hobbies include:

  • Attending country concerts.
  • Wake surfing on White Bear Lake.
  • Taking boxing classes.
  • Enjoying time with friends.

Where I Am Going

My time at PMG has broadened my skills and knowledge in business and the manufacturing industry. Likewise, I have grown as an individual by learning to be patient, disciplined, and organized. The next few weeks I will be working on a large research project while doing weekly tasks. I am excited for what is to come and am so thankful to be a part of this company!

Join PMG

If you’d like to join the PMG team, you can find open opportunities on PMG’s LinkedIn page or on our website!

Bailey Braccini, Marketing Intern

The COVID-19 pandemic greatly interrupted and disrupted the global labor market in 2020 and now in 2021, we are seeing the effects and likely lasting changes created. Similarly, you might be thinking about making your own changes, including your career.

Here at PMG, we recommend that you check out a manufacturing career (if you haven’t already). 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 or where you work, hard work, continued education, and commitment will pave the way for growth. With that said, let’s take a look at a career arc of an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic.

Step 1: Enroll in an FAA-Approved Aviation Maintenance Program

In these programs, you will complete courses covering a variety of topics. For instance, structural maintenance, engine maintenance and avionics, among others.  Depending upon the program you choose, you will graduate with an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance and technology. Some of these programs also provide the opportunity to secure an A&P license, as well. Find your closest (or most preferred) FAA-Approved Maintenance School here.

Step 2: Gain Experience

Once you’ve graduated from an FAA-Approved Aviation Maintenance Program, experience is critical. If you did not graduate with an A&P License, you can qualify for one after some time working in the field. After working 18 months under the supervision of a certified mechanic, you are eligible to receive an airframe or powerplant certification. If you work 30 months under the supervision of a certified mechanic, you are qualified for both certifications.

Important note: Proof of military service under an occupational specialty approved by the FAA will also qualify you for your A&P License. You can find those details here!

Step 3: Take your FAA Exams

Some say that this part of the process is actually Step 2. However, Step 2 & 3 are really interchangeable. In this step, you will complete one of three FAA exams. These include Airframe Mechanic, Powerplant Mechanics, and A&P Mechanics. Depending upon your education and your experience, you will need to choose the best one for you.

Note: The A&P Mechanics test will allow you to perform structural airframe work as well as powerplant/engine work. This gives you more opportunity in the workforce!

These exams consist of a written test, an oral exam, and a practical exam. The FAA provides a list of FAA-approved examiners for these tests. Keep in mind, this step can be completed in conjunction with your graduation from an FAA-approved aviation maintenance program, as well.

Step 4: Stay Educated, Work Hard, and Advance

Over the course of your career, you will want to stay educated and up-to-date. Technology is changing quickly, especially in the aviation industry. Stay on top of it.

In fact, you’ll be required to keep your airframe and powerplant license current. This is done by completing continued education refresher courses every two years. These are given by employers, manufacturers, and accredited providers.

With hard work and continued education there are opportunities to advance into other positions too, including working as a lead, a supervisor, or an inspector.

Step 5: Work with PMG

PMG has work opportunities for recent A&P graduates as well as experienced Aviation Technicians and A&P Mechanics.

If you’re 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.

For those with work experience under their flight belt, you can join PMG by applying here.

Kim Mooney, Technical Manager & Coach

In honor of National Tattoo Day on July 17th, I thought I’d share some history with you rather than suggest you run out and get a tattoo commemorating a potentially made-up holiday. ?

History would have it that tattoos were originally introduced as a pain management or therapeutic technique and were a safeguard for women during pregnancy and child birth. More recent discoveries have shown tattoos randomly distributed on body parts that corresponded with areas of strain-induced degeneration, implying tattoos were applied to alleviate joint pain.

According to Greek writer Herodotus c. 450 B.C., amongst certain people, “tattoos were a mark of nobility and not to have them was a testimony of low birth,” that is until Christianity emerged and tattoos were banned because they tarnished one of God’s creations.

If I think back 35 years to my early childhood, tattoos were rare. My Uncle Kevin had a couple on his forearms but he always seemed like a bit of a rebel to me, so that made sense. Other than him, I’d only seen tattoos on sailors in the movies or in Popeye cartoons (and considering he was a sailorman, I guess that makes sense too).

Today, tattoos are everywhere and you’ll find them on teenagers, middle-aged business men and women, even grandmas and grandpas. I asked some of PMG’s employees recently to share the story behind their tattoos and there were three common themes:

  • I’m old enough to get a tattoo so I’m getting one (happy 18th birthday to me)
  • In honor or in remembrance on someone or something special
  • “I’ve been through a tough journey and I’m going to commemorate the stronger person I’ve become on the other side of that journey!”

My own tattoos fall into two of these categories!

  • A week after my 18th birthday, I went with a friend to a tattoo shop (with my parents’ approval I should add) with a page ripped out of a coloring book and got myself the cutest little snowflake tattoo in honor of my love of Minnesota and all things winter.
  • After the birth of my first child and while on vacation with family, we each got a tattoo – three autumn leaves for me, representing my love of all things fall and each member of our young family at the time.

Two years ago, my husband got me a gift card for my next tattoo and that baby has been burning a hole in my wallet since. Knowing what I want to put on my body and where is such a personal decision, and not one to take lightly I’ll figure it out one day (thank goodness gift cards don’t expire)!

In the unlikeliness this article has inspired you to get some ink, how incredibly cool is that (words are power). If it peaked your interest and you want to know more about the beginnings of tattoos from over 5,000 years ago, take a peek at this article from Smithsonian Magazine: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tattoos-144038580/

Whatever you do next, put some thought behind it. Know there’s no going back, no pressure, and love your ink with all your heart; it represents a little piece of who you are at that moment in time.

Beth Bangtson, HR Manager

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.

Josh Erickson, ReTool Public Relations & Engagement Specialist


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.

tape measures

  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.

There’s An App For That

How many times have we been instructed to “download the app here.”  The word “app” is an abbreviation for “application.”  Applications are software programs meant to keep us connected to friends and family, perform a function in our lives and be fun!  If your home screen looks anything like mine, the apps I use each day are front and center.

In this monthly special, we’ll spend time finding the apps that make your life easier and highlight how, when you have a need, there’s probably an app for that!


If you work in manufacturing, then you know the focus is more than just getting products out the door.  You also need to be keenly committed to keeping your workforce safe and preventing injuries on the job.

What makes safety apps so effective is that, just like your employees, they go everywhere!  These apps provide specific information in a short amount of time and are designed to be user-friendly and value-added.

Here are 10 of the top safety workplace apps that provide safety information for smart manufacturers whenever and wherever needed.

#1 First Aid App


The official First Aid app, by the American Red Cross, puts expert information in the palm of your hand. Easy-to-digest, step-by-step instruction lets workers and managers quickly and efficiently address an array of mishaps, accidents, and serious injuries.

Key Features:

  • Use in English or Spanish
  • Integrated with 911
  • Assisted video learning

Cost: Free

Get on iTunes

Get on Google Play

#2 Heat Safety Tool

While many things are within your company’s control, hazardous weather isn’t one of them. That’s why having accurate and up-to-date information on current weather conditions is important.

Workers and supervisors calculate weather conditions and make educated decisions using OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool. The app will compute health risk levels; prompt users on wearing and using protective gear; remind workers to take breaks, drink water, etc. It’s an all-in-one guide for all industries and related tasks.

Key Features:

  • Calculate the heat index of a work area
  • Provides heat illness signs and symptoms
  • Displays warnings of possible threats for workers

Cost: Free

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Get on Google Play

#3 Ladder Safety App

Many ladder-related accidents are preventable. Aside from taking risks and lacking spotters, workers may wrongly angle ladders, which leads to injury and health hazards. The Ladder Safety app uses visual and sound signals to position the ladder in the safest position.

Key Features:

  • Suited with multimodal indicator
  • Offers interactive reference material

Cost: Free

Get on iTunes

Get on Google Play

#4 Ergonomic App

For many workers, the day offers limited or no field work, yet, ironically, sitting for long periods poses health risks. The Ergonomics app is full of equipment advice, workplace specific stretch exercises, and prompts that remind users to take breaks. Stretches feature original illustrations and succinct instruction.

Key Feature:

  • Provides workplace specific exercises
  • Features original illustrations
  • Includes a countdown timer

Price: $0.99

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Get on Google Play

#5 iAuditor Checklist

iAuditor is used by thousands of inspection workers each day, all across the globe. Users build forms according to industry. The automatic sync feature allows managers to self-audit teams in real time as data loads to office computers. Use the checklist to manage risk and avoid costly penalties and violations.

Key Features:

  • Customize reports
  • Drag and drop interface
  • Export preferred report format

Price: Free

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Get on Google Play

#6 Sling Calculator

How can you aid in avoiding catastrophe? Through methodical calculation. The Sling Calculator avoids mishaps by helping to select rigging while considering the shape of the load. Sling tension measurements can be determined and sent via a PDF to cohorts and managers for confirmation and redirection.

Key Features:

  • Specify desired unit of measurement
  • Compute volume and weight to avoid hazards
  • Choose among one of four bridle configurations

Price: $24.99

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Get on Google Play

#7 Noise Sniffer

The Noise Sniffer is not multi-functional. It’s a simple tool with one mission: save workers from dangerous noise levels. Once a user hits start, the app measures noise levels in the immediate area and provides a decibel readout. Levels above 60 dB are considered very-to-extremely loud and require resolution.

Key Features:

  • Features start/stop button
  • Calculate the decibel level of immediate area
  • Warns of potentially hazardous noise levels

Price: $0.99

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#8 Chemical Hazards Pocket Guide

The Chemical Hazards Pocket Guide helps first responders identify and protect others in the wake of a chemical-related accident. Each chemical is aligned with its aliases and trade names along with a physical description advising whether it’s dangerous to inhale, if it’s flammable, etc.

Key Features:

  • Provides concise industrial hygiene information
  • Helps first responders provide aid
  • Provides offline access

Cost: $7.99

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Not Available on Google Play

#9 Safety Compass

The Safety Compass leverages augmented reality to relay information about potentially hazardous conditions and materials out in the field. Rather than bulky and lengthy physical manuals, workers and managers access the Safety Compass with ease. You can tailor it to comply with your workplace and conditions.

Key Features:

  • Remotely add hazard tags
  • Use camera to relay visual information
  • Provides integral safety information straight to worker’s phone

Price: Free

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#10 Super Bright Flashlight

The Super Bright Flashlight app makes a worker’s phone into a powerful source of light. This is an app that is not likely to get a lot of use in the field since workers are equipped with tools. However, it’s incredibly convenient, and in worst cases, can save a worker from a serious injury in dire situations.

Key Features:

  • Use on/off switch
  • Use strobe/blinking mode to signal emergency
  • Leverage app when flashlight is unavailable or forgotten

Price: Free

Get on iTunes

Get on Google Play

#11 Hazard Scout

Hazard Scout is popular with managers because it allows for streamlined reporting. Managers write reports, add pictures and videos, and take notes while in the field. Help resolve past and present issues and avoid future violations and obstructions to workflow. Get trends, graphs, and summary reports.

Key Features:

  • Receive push notifications
  • Scan QR codes for personnel and equipment
  • Submit reports offline

Price: Free

What’s the app that YOU find most helpful on a day-to-day basis? Send your thoughts to WritingTeam@pmgservices.com.

Have a safe day!

Brenda Lovitz, Risk & Safety Manager


Beat the heat with a Free Slurpee on 7/11! 

July is known for its steamy temperatures and the beautiful summer days. The air may be warm but you can cool down with a free slurpee on July 11 at your local 7/11 gas station. 7/11 started celebrating this holiday in 2002, but peoples’ love for slurpees started in 1959. The chain of stores hands out approximately five million slurpees on July 11 every year.

Did you know? 

Omar Knedlik created these summer afternoon masterpieces by accidentally leaving his sodas in the cooler for too long and still selling them. Customers at the Dairy Queen he owned in Kentucky were crazy about his mistake. People began requesting the frozen sodas and Omar knew there was an opportunity in front of him, so he created the ICEE. The craze about the tasty treat has continued ever since. There is proof that North Americans sip about 13 million slurpees every single month!

Slurpee > ICEE

At the start 7/11 had ICEE machines in their stores, then created their own twist by naming their slurpee after the sound you make when you drink it. Not only did they rebrand the frozen drink, the slurpee created a new straw. In 1968 Arthur Aykanians spoon straw debuted, which had a small scoop on the end to get every drop of frozen flavor. Speaking of flavors, there have been over 300 different slurpee flavors sold worldwide but the most popular ones are Coca-Cola and wild cherry.

Mark Your Calendar

Due to COVID-19, the national holiday was cancelled last year, but it’s making a return this summer! July 11 will be here before you know it. Start brainstorming what flavor(s) will be going into your cup this year!

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 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

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Josh Erickson, ReTool Public Relations & Engagement Specialist