7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Aviation Industry

Written by OSG

It’s National Aviation Day! OSG and its products support the continuous advancements being made in the aviation industry. So let’s celebrate the day by learning new facts about aviation!


1. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird currently holds the record for the fastest manned aircraft at approximately Mach 3.3 in 1976, but the aircraft was decommissioned in 1998. Standard evasive action for a missile attack was to accelerate until it out ran the missile.


2. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is comprised of more than 50% composite materials and is over 20% more fuel efficient than comparable models of previous design.


3. Boeing’s Everett facility is the largest building in the world by square volume at over 472,000,000 ft and covers just almost 100 acres.


4. The McDonald Douglas F15 Eagle has over 100 aerial victories and 0 losses in air to air combat. It is currently expected to serve in the U.S. Air Force past 2025.


5. The commercial aerospace market is expected to grow from 20,000 aircraft to over 42,000 in the next 20 years, with a need for 36,000 new planes due to demand growth and decommissioned airplanes. This is over a $5 Trillion market.


6. Retired Air Force Brigadier General, Chuck Yeager, is credited as the first person to fly a plane past the speed of sound in 1947 on the experimental Bell X-1.


7. Ohio and North Carolina both claim to be the place where aviation first began. Ohio state license plates read, “Birthplace of Aviation,” and the North Carolina’s reads, “First in Flight.” The Wright brothers dreamed up the idea of the airplane in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, but Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was where they had their first controlled powered airplane flights.








On the Job with: Tim Holmer

Written by OSG

OSG’s Applications Engineer, Tim Holmer, better known as Tooling Tim, comes to work every day looking for a new adventure. “I like that I get to do many things and wear many hats,” said Tim smiling. “I help customers trouble shoot machining problems, train people on OSG products and industry trends and help make new flyers to just name a few.” Tim enjoys that his position challenges him with new tasks every day.


His greatest challenge in his career at OSG was to learn all of the specific geometries and features of the products. He has overcome this challenge by going over them again and again and eventually teaching them to other people. “I am a big believer that you don’t truly know something until you can teach it to others,” said Tim.


Tim takes care of various tasks at OSG, but he also wears many hats in his personal life. He is a soccer player, an avid traveler and a motorcycle lover! He keeps his life in balance by having a “work hard, play hard” mentality. “When I work hard playing soccer, I help my team win games and when I work hard at OSG, it reflects in my career and OSG’s success,” said Tim.


There is another exciting thing happening for Tim at OSG. Last month he started appearing as Tooling Tim on a video posted on OSG social media sites and hosting Q&A sessions one Tuesday a month! This is a chance for all of you to ask Tooling Tim any questions you have about OSG, his career as an engineer or OSG products. Like Tooling Tim on Facebook and follow @ToolingTimOSG on Twitter to learn when the next Q&A session will be held!



Take OSG Out to the Ballgame!

Written by OSG

“Outsmart, Outservice, Outfun.” As the OSG motto describes, we work hard, but we also know how to have fun! On Saturday, July 25th, we had an annual OSG summer event at the Schaumburg Boomers Baseball Stadium. 169 people including our employees and their families came to watch the game between the Schaumburg Boomers and Rockford Aviators.

One of our traditions at the summer event is to hold a raffle that benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Raffle prizes included a 32” TV, iPad Mini 2, Visa gift cards and Chicago Cubs tickets to name just a few. With the company matching each employee’s contribution, we are donating $7,488 which is $800 more than last summer’s donation!

OSG’s Network Administrator, Brian O’Donnell, was surprised to see the amount of raffle prizes we had! He bought $20 raffle tickets and won $90 worth of gift cards of Starbucks, Lowes, HomeGoods and Dunkin Donuts!

 “Isn’t it refreshing to see your co-workers outside of work?” said Brian. “My family and I enjoyed getting to know my co workers’ families and friends. It was such a family friendly event with a kids-section where my 2-year-old daughter can also have fun and I felt that OSG really values employees’ families.” 

At the end of the game, we had a chance to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for the 7th inning stretch in front of all of the audience at the stadium. What a cool experience!

We want OSG to be the company where everyone laughs, smiles, plays, feels comfortable and connects with each other! Stay tuned for more fun events!




The OSG BOOT CAMP Winners are...

Written by OSG

Just in time for summer, we completed our annual BOOT CAMP and the results are in! We have become physically stronger, and we are ready to enjoy the summer fun! BOOT CAMP started on May 4th with initial tests in planks, sit-ups, squats, push-ups, vertical jumps and a 40 yard dash. Employees had 6 weeks to improve their scores from the initial results.


Overall, 12 participants improved their scores by at least 20%. The average improvement was 33%. Our top 2 winners went well above the average:


Most Improved Performer: Irma Carrera, QA Inspector II—improved her score by 131%


Most Improved Runner-Up: Pravina Panchigar, QA Inspector IV—improved her score by 86%


OSG also has some great performers who demonstrated their physical strength with the highest test scores!


Highest Performing Female: Alyssa Walther, Applications Engineer


Highest Performing Male: Ian Duncan, Inventory Control Planner



You are probably wondering how well they performed in the tests. Our highest performing female, Alyssa, who practices volleyball regularly, excelled in the squats and vertical jump tests and the 40 yard dash. Her vertical jump score was 19.50 inches, and she ran the 40 yards in 5.50 seconds! Our highest performing male, Ian, also showed his strength in the plank test. He held a plank for over 2 minutes! According to the research, average men should be able to hold a plank for at least a minute, so Ian went well above the average.

Summer just started, and it is not too late to kick-start your fitness. From OSG BOOT CAMP, we recommend the plank to improve your core stability and strength. It is likely that you have great physical fitness if your core is strong. Not only does the plank exercise strengthen your body, but it also improves your mood! If you sit at your desk all day at work, your muscles tighten up. According to LIVE STRONG.COM, we are able to stretch stiff muscles that contribute to stress by practicing the plank exercise. In addition, plank exercise can help calm your brain to reduce stress!

Congratulations to the winners and stay tuned for the OSG’s next fitness challenge!



Get Your Career Moving- OSG Employment Open House!

Written by OSG

Take your career in the right direction with OSG!
We are hosting an employment open house at our Bensenville, IL facility on
June 24th. Take a look at the available positions below and come visit us! Don't forget to bring a copy of your current resume, because all of the applicants will get to have an interview with HR!

When: Wednesday, June 24th from 10am- 4pm

Where: 759 Industrial Drive Bensenville IL, 60106

Available Positions:

  • 1st Shift Openings (6am- 2:30pm)

   CNC Operator
   CNC Set-up
   Mechanical Maintenance Technician
   Warehouse/Materials Clerk
   Jr. Technical Quoting Specialist (7am- 4pm)
   Jr. Design Engineer (7am-4pm)
   Talent Development Specialist (8am- 5pm at the Glendale Heights Office)
   Applications Engineer (8am- 5pm at the Glendale Heights Office)


  • 2nd Shift Openings (2pm- 10:30pm)

   CNC Operator
   Manual Operator
   Coating Operator


  • 3rd Shift Openings (10pm- 6:30am)

   CNC Operator
   CNC Set-up
   CNC Regrind Set-up


Click HERE to access the job details and descriptions.

OSG's success comes from our dedicated and committed employees. We return that commitment by providing benefits to lead happy, healthy and balanced life.
Our benefits include:

  • Company Condo in Maui
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, STD
  • 401K 6% Match and 3 year vesting schedule
  • Vacation, PTO and 10 paid holidays

If you have any question, please call us at 630-866-2878.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!



The EXOCARB® WDO-SUS Drill Video: Meet the Game-Changer for Stainless Steels & Titanium Alloys

Written by OSG

What are the common issues you encounter while machining stainless steels and titanium alloys? You name it and OSG’s new EXOCARB® WDO-SUS drills will tackle it!


The WDO-SUS drills are specifically developed to combat work hardening, elongated chips, low thermal conductivity and welding on the tool. Watch the video below to learn more about the premium features of the WDO-SUS drills including the newly designed MEGA COOLER™ coolant holes.



On the Job with: Cheryl Pross

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Featured employee: Cheryl Pross
Title: Customer Service Manager
Tenure with OSG: 20 years


After working 20 years at the OSG Illinois Office, Cheryl Pross decided to go out of her comfort zone. She jumped on the opportunity to further develop her career in Atlanta, GA. Moving over 700 miles away from home, Cheryl has been working as the Customer Service Manager at the OSG GA Regional Office for 6 months and is loving her new Southern OSG family.


You are probably wondering what makes Cheryl so adaptable to new people, work and life in the south. It comes from her philosophy to give respect to anyone. “Always respect your friends, co-workers, company and customers, and you will be rewarded with respect in return,” said Cheryl. Her philosophy was passed down from her hero, her mother, who taught her to not only work hard, but also enjoy life and love the people around her.


Her love of life and taking on new challenges extends to her personal life. Cheryl keeps her personal life busy with friends, running and traveling, but recently, her interest is to be 100% organic with skin care products and the food she eats. “It is nearly an impossible task, but I enjoy finding something I love that won’t harm me or the environment,” said Cheryl.


Cheryl’s new adventure in Atlanta just began in November, and she is certain that she will develop herself professionally and personally. “I had 1 month to pack up and leave everything I have known in Illinois and moved to Georgia by myself. It was the craziest yet the most exciting things I have done, and I don’t regret it for a moment.”



3 reasons why you should join OSG, a growing company that values its employees!

Written by OSG

1. It’s the Outstanding People:  Our employees live our core values and treat each other like family.  We come from all types of backgrounds, but we find common ground in out-servicing our competition!


2. It’s the Superior Benefits:  Full medical/dental/vision PPO plan, 401(k) with company match and 3 weeks of paid time during the first year off means work-life balance like nowhere else!


3. It’s the Great Attitude:  Our cutting tools are the best in the world! This gives us the confidence to continue developing our employees so that we can continue making the highest quality products! 



Open Positions:



Jr. CNC Operators (Bensenville, IL)

CNC Setup Technician (Bensenville, IL)

Coating Operator (Bensenville, IL)

Technical Quoting Specialist (Bensenville, IL)

Jr. Design Engineer (Bensenville, IL)

Machining Applications Engineer/CNC Programmer (Bensenville, IL) 

Applications Engineer (Glendale Heights, IL)

Talent Development Specialist (Glendale Heights, IL)

District Manager/Sales Representative (Charlotte, NC)  



Apply online at www.osgtool.com/careers to join our growing team!




The EXOTAP VA-3® Now Available with Coolant-Through!

Written by OSG

For any manufacturer, time is money, and an increasing number of companies are looking for ways to improve efficiency in their manufacturing process. In order to support such demand, OSG improved its popular tap series, the EXOTAP VA-3®.  The EXOTAP VA-3® already excelled in both stainless and carbon steels, but now you can tap at even faster speeds with our newly expanded VA-3® offerings!

What makes it possible to tap faster is the new VA-3® coolant-through capability. It prevents overheating and improves chip removal rates. As a result, you can achieve faster cutting speeds and smoother chip evacuation! In addition to the coolant-through capability, the new VA-3 taps offer DIN overall length for longer reach applications. The EXOTAP VA-3® series has become even more versatile to address your challenging needs.



In addition to these new features, the VA-3® taps feature optimized geometry specifically designed for stainless and carbon steels. OSG’s patented V coating provides excellent wear resistance and extended tool life. If cost savings and efficiency are in your To-Improve-List, give OSG’s EXOTAP VA-3® taps a try!



Spiral Flute      

List 307 - Inch  

List 347 - Metric  


Spiral Point

List 306 - Inch 

List 346 - Metric 




OSG BOOT CAMP- 6 weeks to a healthier YOU!

Written by OSG

Summer is just around the corner, and we want to get fit fast! OSG’s annual BOOT CAMP has begun on May 4th, and our muscles are starting to get sore. BOOT CAMP is part of our corporate wellness program that helped OSG earn the title of a Fit-Friendly employer. This is our 4th year to host BOOT CAMP, and 30 employees are competing against each other. We finished the Biggest Loser Competition in March, so now it is time for us to get physically healthier and stronger!


We kicked off BOOT CAMP with the initial physical health assessment consisting of 6 tests:


-          Plank Test

-          Sit-Up Test

-          Squat Test

-          Push-Up Test

-          Vertical Jump Test

-          40 Yard Dash


Scoring is based on the results from the tests, and employees have 6 weeks to improve their scores. Weekly workout sessions will be held at Glendale Heights Office every Monday. On June 15th,  the final assessment is scheduled. Alyssa Walther, OSG Applications Engineer, thinks that OSG’s BOOT CAMP program is a great way to motivate and challenge herself.


“It is hard to keep up with challenging workouts by myself, but working out with my co-workers encourages me to try more and have fun at the same time.” 

For the highest performers and the most improved performer, prizes are prepared as follows:


Highest Performer (Males) - $50 Gift Card

Highest Performer (Female) - $50 Gift Card

Most Improved Performer - $50 Gift Card

2 Runner-Ups - $25 Gift Card


Good luck to everyone who is competing and stay tuned these next 6 weeks to find out the winners!


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