Five Fun Fabrication Facts

Here at JSG, we employ many in the fabrication industry. Let’s celebrate our talented workers with some interesting facts about metal fabrication!

  1. Fabrication can be dated back to as early as 4000 B.C. Archeologists see evidence of the process used to shape gold and other metal jewelry. Source:
  2. According to EVSmetal.commetal fabrication can help save the trees! They assert that the metal framing for a home can be built with the recycled metal of 4 cars. If the same house were constructed with wood, it would require 40 trees to be cut down!
  3. More than 50% of products used daily were created with some form of fabrication. This includes cars, cell phones, and things as simple as your fork and knife! Source:
  4. Earth’s atmosphere is the only barrier keeping two metals from automatically bonding! If we were in a vacuum, any two pieces of metal that touched would automatically bond. On Earth, a minute layer of oxidized material is the only thing keeping two touching metals from becoming one! Source:
  5. The deepest wet weld ever performed underwater was at a depth of 2000ft. This weld was performed by the U.S. Navy. The deepest dry weld was performed at a depth of 1075ft. Source:

Check out this previous article for some cool facts about mining!

Fun Facts About The Paper Industry

Although we live in a digital world, paper is still favored by many for notes, lists, documentation, and communication. With 300 million tons of paper produced worldwide every year, it is safe to say that our love affair with paper is not going away.

Here are some fun facts regarding our love of paper

  1. The United States is a big fan of paper. As technology advances, so does our use of paper. In the last 20 years, our consumption has increased by 126%, from 92 million tons to 208 million tons!
  2. I know many office managers will not want to hear this, but close to 50% of the paper printed in offices ends up in the trash can (or recycling bin) by the end of the day.
  3. A typical person in the U.S. will use more than 700 pounds of paper every year!
  4. It takes around 70 million trees annually to produce paper and paper products for U.S. consumption.
  5. We utilize 65,395,000,000 sheets of paper each day. That equates to about 815,000 pine trees a day!
  6. It is believed that Cai Lun, The Han dynasty Chinese court official (c. 50-121 CE), invented a method of papermaking that was inspired by wasps and bees in AD 105. 

Other quick paper facts

  1. According to the Federal Reserve, the 2021 currency operating budget is $1,095.8 million.
  2. It costs 11.2 cents to manufacture a $20 note and 10.8 cents for a $10 and $5 note.
  3. Americans spent approximately 12 billion dollars in 2017 – just on paper towels!

Recruiting in the paper industry is one of our specialties

So, what fact surprised you the most? What is not surprising is that people love their paper!

JSG knows the paper industry! We have an extensive background recruiting professionals in the pulp and paper industry. If you are a company looking to hire or a candidate ready to make their next move, contact me today!

The People of Mining: Heart & Soul

Three years ago, my life changed when I became a recruiter in the mining industry.

Ironically, I grew up and lived a good portion of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area, the heart of Silicon Valley; the high-tech capital of the world. Large corporate names, some still present and some now gone, got their start there and changed the world with new technology and must-have gadgets. The vast orchards and farms that once carpeted San Jose, San Francisco, and the surrounding cities have long since been replaced by corporate headquarters and homes, for as far as the eye can see.

So, what does this trip down memory lane have to do with Mining and why is it ironic, you ask? The technology invented by some of Silicon Valley’s greats, would not be a reality without the hard-working men and women who mine the materials used to make the products containing the technology. The irony is mine; two worlds, polar opposites, but intricately intertwined. I have come full circle and landed where I am supposed to be. So, what I have learned?

  • The people of mining have heart and soul
  • Family comes first
  • Integrity is everything
  • They are the hardest working people I have ever met
  • They are adventuresome and willing to do what it takes, to provide for their families
  • Their importance in our lives is underappreciated
  • Humble
  • Gracious
  • Kind

Eldred Johnson, Grandfather of JSG Account Executive Jeremy Johnson, at his family’s tungsten mine in Rye Valley, Idaho following a blast (circa 1970/1980)

I am thankful that my life path has led me here.  It wasn’t an easy journey, but I feel like I am finally home. I appreciate everyone I speak with and thank them for sharing the stories of their lives with me. I thank you for trusting me and most importantly, for allowing me to be a part of an extended family that has changed and enriched my life.

12 Little-Known Facts About The Historic “Mine In The Sky”

Mining has a solid history here in the U.S. and with the progression of time and technology, the landscape of mining has changed.  The Pine Creek Mine, known as “The Mine in The Sky” and located in the Sierra Nevada, west of Bishop, California, is a mine from the past that is now closed, but which has almost a century of history behind it.  I will leave some links at the bottom of the page, that you can go to for more in-depth information, including pictures on this mine steeped rich in history; in the meantime, here are some interesting facts:

  • The site was originally discovered in 1895 and was prospected for its gold and silver content, but didn’t perform well and went dormant until a claim was filed in 1916 by two partners, Billie Vaughn and Arch Beauregard, who found outcrops containing Scheelite and Molybdenum in 1918.
  • Machinery was hauled in by mules over harsh pack trail to the mine and the mill went into operation in December of 1918 but closed two months later due to plummeting Tungsten prices.
  • The Pine Creek mine was bought by The Natural Soda Products Company in 1922 who later changed their name to the Tungsten Products Company.
  • The mine and mill went idle again in 1928 due to the 1927 Watterson Bank failure.
  • The Pine Creek Mine went dormant and didn’t see action again until the US Vanadium Corporation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation), acquired the property in 1936.  They successfully developed the mine into a world-class producer of tungsten.
  • In 1942, The Pine Creek Mine was the largest producer of tungsten in the United States.
  • Operated by Union Carbide, the mine produced 162,000,000 tons of ore and 8,350,000 20-pound “units’ of tungsten oxide between 1940 and 1990 valuing over $400,000,000.
  • The Pine Creek Mine was a major contributor to the local economy and supported generations of families who worked there.
  • The Mine shut down in 1990 and during the ’90s the hazardous material was removed.
  • In 2001, in an effort to reinvent itself, Pine Creek Mine, LLC proposed Pine Creek Mine Hydroelectric Project No. 12532 (Pine Creek Project), which would generate power from the water that accumulates inside the mine. After years of fighting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permit extensions, the final ruling denying a rehearing for the third request of preliminary permit extension was handed down in 2014.
  • In its final ruling the Commission stated: “For the above reasons, we deny Pine Creek’s request for rehearing. We note, however, that holding a preliminary permit is not a prerequisite to pursuing a development application so that Pine Creek remains free to pursue the development of the Pine Creek Mine Hydroelectric Project and to file a license application.”
  • On February 12, 2016, Pine Creek, LLC. Successfully filed an application, which was accepted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for their Hydroelectric Project.

Many mines shut down, their hazardous materials removed, and their buildings demolished. Few mines withstand the ability to reinvent themselves and only time will tell if The Pine Creek Mine will successfully become a hydroelectric producer, giving the town of Bishop, California another 100 years of rich history and economic support.


10 Interesting Facts About Silver

Silver was discovered in 5,000BC and has been overshadowed by Gold since its’ discovery. While there are dedicated miners to silver, most is produced as a byproduct of gold, copper, lead, and zinc mining. And it’s not uncommon for many mines to use the byproduct to pay for operating costs. Silver is used significantly in heavy industrial applications and doesn’t get much love compared to other metals.

Here are some interesting facts you should know about silver:

  • The chemical element for Silver is AG
  • Silver has a melting point of 1,763°F (961.78°C) and a boiling point of 3,924°F (2,162°C)
  • In 1913, Silver traded for $2.64/oz. In January of 1980, adjusted for inflation, silver traded at $114.27/oz. And in April 2011, it traded for $54.54/oz. Today, September 19, 2018, it is trading for $14.24. Per the US Debt clock, silver should be trading at $599/oz!
  • According to silver expert Ted Butler, JP Morgan owns 700 Million ounces of physical silver!
  • There is less silver above ground than gold.
  • Silver is one of the most reflective metals in the world.
  • Mexico is the largest producer of silver in the world.
  • Silver has natural antibacterial properties and the saying, “born with a silver spoon” came from wealthy families who would feed their young children with silver spoons for the germ-killing properties.
  • Unlike gold, silver is typically not recycled. Much of the mined resource used in TVs, electronics, etc., is buried in landfills.
  • Silver is slightly harder than gold.

It amazes me how little love silver gets! This incredible metal is so vital to our lives and yet receives very little respect. Silver has an interesting future; the high demand due to our technology consumption and the low physical inventory makes it incredibly important to our lives. I predict that this underdog will have its’ day and command the respect it deserves.

Are you looking to take the next step in your mining career or to hire your next crew member? Contact me today and let’s have a conversation about how I can help!

What Would Happen If The World Stopped Mining?

No matter what side of the fence you are on, one must agree that mining is a necessity in our modern world. Without it, we would not be capable of new technologies that allow us to advance; nor would we be able to maintain our current standard of living. So, what would happen if the world suddenly stopped mining tomorrow?

  • Automobiles, both gas and electric would disappear.
  • 27 States would lose 25% of their electricity output.
  • No nails to hammer projects home.
  • No more high rises, bridges, airplanes, trains, or space exploration.
  • Granite, marble, and anything steel in homes would be gone. Formica would make a huge comeback! Oops… it uses a white crystalline compound (borax). No Formica, either!
  • Anything plastic; molded or otherwise.
  • Nuclear energy?
  • Renewables? Well, that can’t happen without mining!
  • Like that Fitbit?
  • No more Televisions.
  • No more smartphones – or phones – period.
  • Computers, unfortunately, also gone
  • Not my Alexa??!!!??
  • No more going to the gym… phew! (at least one good thing would come of it)
  • Some medicines would disappear, and the medical advancements over hundreds of years would disappear. Need a knee replacement? Pacemaker? Dialysis? Surgery? Sorry.
  • Gold and Silver used in pretty much all technology out there – poof! A historical form of money throughout millennium – gone.

The World Cannot Do Away With Mining

We are too far advanced and too accustomed to our lifestyles for that to happen. The recruiting team here at JSG is privileged to work with some of the best clients and candidates out there. These companies and men and women of mining are responsible for the comfort in your life and the advancements in our technology. Instead of complaining about how destructive mining is; think about how deconstructed your world would be.

Please reach out to me and let’s talk! I love to hear personal stories and mining history from the mining family out there!

10 Interesting Mining Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

It’s no secret that mining is important to our economy, but I don’t think most people realize how vital and integrated the mining industry is in our everyday lives! Explore these mining facts to learn just how much mining affects your daily routine. For instance, did you know…

1. Every American uses an average of 40,000 pounds of new minerals each year.

2. A newborn baby will need during its lifetime:

  • 800 pounds of lead
  • 750 pounds of zinc
  • 1500 pounds of aluminum
  • 32,700 pounds of iron
  • 26,550 pounds of clay
  • 28,213 pounds of salt
  • 1,238,101 pounds of stone, sand, gravel, and cement

3. Because of wood shortages in the 1600s, Brewers in England started drying their Malts with heat generated by coal.  Unfortunately, coal-flavored beer was not a hit.  After more experimentation, the brewers found that the undesirable gases could be eliminated by heating the coal in an airtight oven. Thus, the discovery of the coke-making process, so vital to iron and steel! The next time you have a cold one, give a toast to the Brewers of the 1600s!

4. Copper and Gold were the first two metals discovered by man, with Copper dating back to 8,700 BC, per Wikipedia.  Slag found on islands in the Aegean Sea suggests that man was separating silver from lead as early as 3000 B.C.!

5. In ancient times, an ounce of salt was traded for an ounce of gold! Fast forward to the present day: Can you imagine $1,200/oz. for salt?

6. Out of all the elements, Silver is the best conductor and thus the reason it is used so heavily in technology.

7. Silver is also a superior anti-bacterial. Small concentrations kill bacteria by chemically breaking down their cell membranes. Bacteria does not develop a resistance to silver!

8. Zinc is the fourth most widely consumed metal after iron, aluminum, and copper and is also vital to the human body for proper function and health. Zinc is needed for the body’s enzymes and immune system.   (Zinc tablets to ward off colds!)

9. Indium is a byproduct of zinc production and is also used in high technology applications from LCD screens to solar panels.

10. Wyoming is the nation’s top coal-producing state.  Who knew?

Being on the Mining Team at JSG, I have had the pleasure of speaking with the men and women in the industry and wish to extend a big “Thank you”, for all the hard work you do in keeping us in the lifestyles we are accustomed to!

If you’re ready to take the next step in your mining career or hire your next crew member, contact me today!


The 5 Most Precious Metals On Earth

Metals play a key role in our day-to-day lives. We all know about Gold and Platinum, but do you recognize these other precious metals and can you identify their uses?


Rhodium is one of the metals you will find listed on Market Spot Price, right up there with Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium. It is a member of the Platinum group and is resistant to corrosion. This metal is used as a catalyst in the chemical industry and used to coat optical fibers, optical mirrors, and headlight reflectors.


This identifiable metal held the throne in commodity pricing for decades until it was overtaken by Gold. This precious metal is used in jewelry and many industrial applications, including fuel cells, dental work, electronic components, medical, glass, and petroleum.


The reigning metal; this one needs no introduction. Collected and traded as a commodity, used in jewelry, industrial applications, and dental applications. Its conductivity component is key to the electronics industry.


This metal is less known and is a member of the platinum family of precious metals. It is popular for its ability to increase hardness and resistance when added as an alloy to palladium and platinum. Ruthenium is also used in the medical and chemical industries.


Another member of the Platinum family and the most extreme, this metal has a very high melting point and is the most corrosion-resistant metal. Iridium is a by-product of nickel mining and is also processed from Platinum ore. Although it has many uses, it is primarily used as a hardening agent in platinum alloy.

We rely so heavily on metals. They have provided us the ability to create new technologies, are used in radiotherapy treatment of some eye tumors, and can create radiation shields. They permeate our lives.

It is only because of the mining industry that we have the precious metals and advancements we do. Granted, the mining industry may not have created the new technologies on paper, but without the hard work and sacrifices of the miners and mining community, the technology would not come to fruition. Miners rule!

Are you looking for the next step in your mining career or to hire your next crew member? Connect with me and contact me today and let’s start a conversation about how I can help.

Financial Services Trends: 4th Quarter and Beyond

Financial Services

The financial services sector is a delicate market. Many factors affect and alter interest rates, regulations, and compliances. On the one hand, there is a lot of talk going around online that the labor market has never been stronger. On the other hand, some economists fear a looming recession in the United States. Although there is some uncertainty, both the economy and the labor market are HOT, especially in the financial services sector. Here are three trends to keep an eye on as we approach 4th Quarter and even 2020.

Online and mobile banking

I am willing to bet most of you reading this use online or mobile banking in one form or another. Whether that’s keeping an eye on your checking account, applying for a home loan, or shopping for a new credit card. With today’s digital era, (often called the 4th Industrial Revolution) drastically changing the financial sector, banks and other financial institutions have to change how they do business and interact with customers.

Fewer and fewer consumers actually walk into a physical bank and speak with another human. Nowadays, Millennials like myself rarely step foot into a bank. For example, I just bought my first house without ever talking with someone from a bank face-to-face. And as Millennials project to account for 75 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2025, this transformation of services for the technology-savvy generation won’t be going anywhere. As a result, financial institutions will continue to have to be flexible to accommodate the ever-changing demands of consumers.

Fed keeps cutting interest rates

As you’ve probably heard, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) just cut interest rates to 2.25 percent at the end of July. At the end of December 2018, the fed funds rate was 2.5 percent. Since the Great Recession in 2008, the Fed has been increasing rates. However, over the second part of 2019, the Fed has cut interest rates multiple times to help stimulate the economy and ensure the labor market remains strong.

But what does this really mean? Well, it means consumers like you and I can get loans and credit cards with more favorable interest rates. In other words, its cheaper and easier to borrow money or secure a loan. And when we spend more money on things like cars, houses, and other items, we continue to stimulate the economy. It will be interesting to see if the U.S. will see another cut in rates before the end of this year.

An emphasis on security

Financial institutions and banks will have to continue beefing up their security to protect their business’ and their consumers’ data. But why is security always at the forefront of financial organizations? Well, it’s because they have a TON of important, confidential data.

There’s a cybersecurity attack every 39 seconds. Any by 2020, the average data breach will exceed $150 million. And this number will only continue to grow as more and more business begin building their online infrastructure. Look at the recent data breach by Equifax affected 147 million Americans and with a settlement costing $425 million. That’s a lot of confidential information stolen. To combat this, organizations must build up their information technology teams to implement safeguards and improve monitoring of their data.

Partner with our financial services recruiting team

In today’s tight labor market, it can be challenging to build up your team to remain flexible in the financial sector. If your organization needs a hand, reach out to JSG’s financial recruiting team today. We understand the market and will help you locate and attract the talent you need to remain competitive in the market. Contact us today, and let’s get to work!

Professional Services Industry Trends: 2019 and Beyond

professional services

The Professional Service market has been heating up over the last few years. Last month alone, for example, the Professional Services sector added 31,000 jobs. And over the previous 12 months, the industry gained over 300,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2016, the Professional Industries sector was the largest employer in the nation, responsible for employing over 20 million Americans. In 2026, this sector will continue to grow to a projected 22.3 million employees, right behind Healthcare (the nation’s current largest employer).

But what is considered a professional service, and how is this industry employing so many American workers? Let’s take a closer look.

What are Professional Services?

Professional Services is a group of occupations in the tertiary sector of the economy, requiring specialized training in the arts and sciences. Some common examples are attorneys, architects, engineers, and accountants. They often require a special certification or training and offer specialized business support.

In other words, the professional services industry offers specialized services to consumers and businesses. They can vary in sizes and can serve all other industries and sectors. But with the global market forecast of a 5.4% growth rate from 2016 to 2020, which types of occupations are making up the most substantial amount of growth in this industry?

Top 3 professional services


Out of all the main Professional Services occupations, accounting is the smallest segments. However, the accounting sector had the most significant growth rate (5.9 percent) between 2012 and 2016. And over the next several years, this sector is expected to grow another 6.2 percent. Thus, the accounting sector is small but mighty. But with the continuous implementation of technology and the push for digitalization, this sector will continue to be one of the largest growing areas for years to come!


Between 2017 and 2027, STEM (engineering is one of the largest contributors) is going to grow 13 percent. That’s much larger than the 9 percent growth rate from all other non-stem jobs. Since 1990, these occupations have grown over 79 percent. And what’s cool about engineering is that there are hundreds of different career paths. Depending on your degree, you can become anything from an Aerospace Engineer, designing cutting edge defense technologies or an Environmental Engineer, helping organizations improve their impact on the environment. And if that’s not enough for you, engineers have the highest median salary ($91,010) in the nation. It’s no wonder why engineering occupations will increase by over 140,000 jobs in the next decade!

IT consulting

The information technology industry hit some impressive milestones this year and isn’t slowing down. By the end of this year, the IT industry will reach $5 trillion globally. And employment in the IT sector is projected to grow 13 percent by 2026. That equates to over half of a million jobs created over that period. According to the BLS, that’s faster than all other occupations. As we continue to prioritize cybersecurity, the protection of consumer data and the implementation of artificial intelligence, more and more firms will rely on the expertise of IT consultants. They will bring people inhouse or hire a consulting firm to help them make a smooth transition into the digital era.

Find your next professional

The labor market is tight, and many employers may be struggling to secure the talent they need to accommodate these employment trends. So, if you find that your team needs help sourcing strong candidates, reach out to a professional. Work with one of Johnson Service Group’s recruiters. We have specialized teams for every industry and can help you find your next great employee!