Pioneer Service Inc. Hosts High School and Middle School Students

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.

Choose DuPage Panel Discusses Workforce Issues Facing Manufacturers


Aneesa Muthana, President and Owner of Pioneer Service, participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the Choose DuPage Economic Development Alliance and the Chicago Metro Metal Consortonium at the Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) on March 24, 2017.

5th STEP Ahead Awards Recognize Women for Excellence in Manufacturing

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.

WBE Certification Discussed in Production Machining

Aneesa Muthana, President and Owner of Pioneer Service, discusses how becoming a certified WBE (Women's Busines Enterprise) has made a difference.

6 Ways to Check if Swiss Machining is Right for a Custom Machined Part

 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?)
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