June 21, 2017 - Pioneer Service hosted a very special class of students from Indian Trail Jr. High School. These bright young men and women visited Pioneer to see manufacturing first hand and have "Shark Tank" like evaluation of their design concepts of table lamps which will be pitched to successful business people, including the CEO of Land of Nod.
May 25, 2017 - A small, but powerful group of female manufacturing "thought leaders" from the Technology and Manufacturing Association met with Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti before her commencement speech for the TMA Related Theory class.
Pictured above, from left to right: Jim Dunbar (IMEC), Rose of Sharon DeVos (Pioneer Service), Steve Brezwyn (Pioneer Service), Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Eric Smith (Pioneer Service), Aneesa Muthana (Pioneer Service), Mayor Rich Veenstra, John Bradarich (IMEC)
Pioneer Service Inc. hosted US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Addison Mayor Rich Veenstra along with Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) representatives John Bradarich and Jim Dunbar for a tour and discussion of how IMEC, the supporting Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and others have helped Pioneer transform it's product line and workforce.
May 30, 2017 - Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, US Congressman for Illinois' 8th district, visited Pioneer Service along with his Chief of Staff, Steven Baskin, and Constituent Service Liaison Douglas McGinnis as part of his effort to better understand the needs of small manufacturers in his district. His visit was particularly timely since funding for MEP is at risk in the most recent Presidential Budget Proposal p.17, published on May 22, 2017.
Addison, Illinois Mayor Rich Veenstra joined the tour, to support the congressman and Pioneer Service Owner and President, Aneesa Muthana. Mayor Veenstra has been a strong advocate efforts to connect local manufacturers with each other, the workforce and students who may be interested in a manufacturing career.
The group heard and saw first-hand the story of a company which, when faced with competition from Asia, found the right partnerships and re-invented itself. The necessity for change began in 2010, when Pioneer Service's top three customers consolidated and started outsourcing the precision shafts that Pioneer had been making since 1990, causing sales to plummet. In 2014, John Bradarich of IMEC visited and began to open doors to jump start the change. He provided connections to supporting grants that helped Pioneer Service develop a new, stronger customer base in a variety of industries, train employees on new equipment, and implement new software and processes.
Other key support came in 2015 when Pioneer Service became actively engaged with the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA), which provided technical expertise and training, as well as political advocacy for manufacturing issues. The congressman and mayor were able to see and hear how networking with these organizations and others has led to resources which facilitated the change in product line from simple shafts to complex CNC machined parts, keeping over 30 people employed.
The group takes the tour through the Swiss CNC department to see how parts are machined. It takes both mechanical ability and computer programing expertise to drop complete parts off these machines.
Quality Manager James Rewis explains to Congressman Raja the importance of quality inspection for the automotive and medical industries.
Congressman Raja walks with Aneesa Muthana outside the Quality Room.
Manufacturers have job openings and great career paths. Women account for only 27% of the manufacturing workforce. The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead awards are designed to inspire women to bridge the gap.On April 20, 2017, at the Ronald Regan Building in Washington, D.C., the Manufacturing Institute honored 100 Honorees and 30 Emerging Leaders with the STEP Ahead Award. Aneesa Muthana, President and Owner of Pioneer Service Inc., took her place among other leaders from across the country who have set examples for women in a field dominated by men.
Women have been making significant contributions to manufacturing in the United States for generations, but still only comprise 27% of the manufacturing workforce. Ms. Muthana, who started her career as a pre-teen in her parents grinding shop, embraced the opportunity to run her own manufacturing company in her early 20’s. Since then, her vision and passion have made a difference in the lives of employees, customers, suppliers, her family and a large network of friends. She is always “paying it forward” by helping young people envision a brighter future for themselves by considering manufacturing as a path to success.
One of the original "Rosie the Riveters", Anna Hess, shared her story of hard work, patriotism, and passion in her own manufacturing career that began in 1940 and paved the way for women in the industry.
"We are makers. The process of bringing people together to MAKE something that will go on to serve a greater purpose fuels my passion and fills my days." Aneesa Muthana, President & Owner of Pioneer Service Inc.
Helping Tomorrow's Workforce See a Future in Manufacturing
President and Owner of Pioneer Service, Aneesa Muthana, welcomes Aurora West High School Students to the tour.
On April 11, 2017, Pioneer Service hosted two groups of students at it's facility in Addison, Illinois, courtesy of the Valley Industrial Association (VIA), the Valley Education for Employment System (VALEES), Aurora West High School and Simmons Middle School from East Aurora School District 131. The coordination between the associations and the schools made it possible for another 45 young people to gain exposure to machining as well as career paths available in manufacturing. This provided the students with a unique glimpse into an employer's perspective into career development.
Production Machining Magazine featured Pioneer Service in a great article:
The Manufacturing Institute Will Honor Aneesa Muthana, President and Owner at Pioneer Service Inc.
Addison, IL March 1, 2017: The Manufacturing Institute announced they will award Aneesa Muthana, President
and Owner of Pioneer Service Inc., with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Production) Ahead Award. The STEP Ahead Awards honors women who have demonstrated excellence and
leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C-suite.
"I am honored to receive this award." said Aneesa. "Manufacturers are makers, and women have been underrepresented in this industry for too long. The process of bringing people together to MAKE something that will go on to serve a bigger purpose is where my passion lies. Knowing that the parts that leave my shop are contributing to the world at large, touching lives and benefiting people fuels my passion."
“These women exemplify the path an exciting career in manufacturing can take,” said Heidi Alderman, 2017 Chair
of STEP Ahead and Senior Vice President of Intermediates North America, BASF Corporation. "STEP Ahead
recognizes women nationwide for their significant achievements to the field of manufacturing, and the positive
impact on their companies and the industry as a whole."
The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of
women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership for attracting, advancing, and
retaining strong female talent.
A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that six out of ten open skilled production
positions are unfilled due to the talent shortage. Closing the skills gap means closing the gender gap.
On April 20, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize 130 recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards at a reception in
Washington, D.C. The STEP Ahead Awards program will highlight each honoree’s story, including their leadership
and accomplishments in manufacturing.
Aneesa Muthana, President and Owner of Pioneer Service, discusses how becoming a certified WBE (Women's Busines Enterprise) has made a difference.
Is CNC Swiss Machining best for this part?
So, you have a print for a precision machined part that you've been told to source, and you suspect that CNC Swiss machining might be the best route to have it made. However, if you're not a machinist, selecting a supplier with optimal machining capabilities can be a daunting task. Most machined parts can be made a number of ways on various types of equipment, but unless that equipment is a good fit for your part, you're not going to get the best parts or price.
As a machine shop making custom turned parts, we speak to buyers and engineers everyday trying to figure out that magic fit for what they need made. It takes a wide range of experiences in machining to quickly ascertain the best kind of machining for a given material, quantity and complexity of part. Most shops specialize in a few types of machining and there's not really a "one-size-fits-all" solution.
What you need to know: Here are some general things to consider. The more your part and requirement fit these criteria, the more likely it is that Swiss turning will be right for you. You'll need to look at the print and both short-term and long-term quantity requirements to make a good judgement call. Be prepared to know:
- What is the largest outer diameter?
- What are different quantities that are needed both now and in the future?
- What are the features on the part?
- What material is the part?
- What are the tightest tolerances on the print?
- What are the finish requirements (if specified?)