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June 2015 News

HPI Helps 2 Local Students Build a Prototype for Farmers

Andrew Blomenberg and Morgun Werling are 2 recent graduates of a local school, Bellmont High School. The 2 worked together in Bellmont's Engineering Design and Development (EDD) course to bring a simple concept to a real, functioning prototype. Hoosier Pattern provided the steel needed to create the prototype to the duo for their project. 

Above: Andrew and Morgun pose with HPI owner, Keith Gerber, and their Extendable Drawbar

The prototype is an attachment for farm tractors designed to make it easier to attach wagons and other implements to the tractor. Normally, a farmer would need to precisely position a wagon and tractor so that they can be connected; this often takes several tries and can be quite frustrating. Their design makes the drawbar, or hitch, of the tractor extendable so that the farmer can get his or her tractor close to the correct position and then move the mechanism instead of the entire tractor into the correct position. This dramatically reduces the time necessary to hook up a wagon or other implement. The Extendable Drawbar prototype is currently in use at Werling Farms.

During the EDD course, Blomenberg and Werling found that there was a high demand among farmers nationally for a product like this. The pair may take the next step and produce an actual product based on this prototype. 


Check out this video to see the Extendable Drawbar in action: 

Employee Spotlight: Tina Fourman


Employee Name:
Tina Fourman

Position at Hoosier Pattern:
Office assistant/purchasing

What's that mean?
I enter job information into the computer and purchase tooling needed for jobs.

How long have you been at Hoosier Pattern?
Since Sept of 2009, so almost 6 years.

Tell us about yourself/family:
I am grateful to God for everyday that he gives me- good or bad! I have 2 sons that are young adults and I adore them. I am quick witted and have a sense of humor.

Where was your first job?
Penguin Point

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Taking pictures, being with friends and familly and sewing.

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I'm not a professional, but I take pictures for friends and family.

What is your favorite TV show?
Any type of criminal investigation show. My favorite is NCIS: Los Angeles

What is something you've never done, but want to do?
One day, I'm not sure when, I want to go on a cruise somewhere warm.

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