Next week, AFS 121st Metalcasting Congress kicks off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Hoosier Pattern will be showcasing on the sold out exhibit hall floor. The AFS Metalcasting Congress is the industry's largest conference and trade show that brings together suppliers, foundries, and casting customers alike. The conference brings endless opportunities for networking, promoting, and educating people on a larger scale about Hoosier Pattern’s role in the industry.
Dave Rittmeyer, Steve Murray, Alyssa Corral and Brandon Fourman will be representing HPI at the show. They will be a part of panel discussions and be at booth #510 in the exhibit hall.
Having just celebrated his 18th work anniversary with Hoosier Pattern, Dave is a familiar face within the industry. As a journeyman pattern-maker with more than 2 decades in the trade, as well as being HPI's additive manufacturing supervisor, Dave has a well-rounded knowledge of the industry. At the conference, he will be part of a foundry technology panel on Tuesday morning in room 203AB at 9:15 AM. He will be discussing 3D printed sand and how to apply the technology to projects for customers. When Dave isn't at Hoosier, he enjoys riding his Harley, fishing, and spending time with his wife and 4 sons.
As a journeyman pattern-maker with a passion for the foundry and metal casting, Steve has been a huge asset to the team with his knowledge of the trade and additive manufacturing. Instead of having a desk in our facility, Steve is normally out traveling and educating potential customers, foundry men, engineers, and casting designers finding the best solution to their casting needs. Steve will be part of a panel on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 PM in room 202AB discussing additive manufacturing. When Steve isn't traveling for work, he is spends time woodworking or hanging out with his wife and grandkids.
Entering into her third year at Hoosier Pattern, Alyssa Corral specializes in all marketing and social media efforts, along with producing and managing website content. Alyssa is always looking for new ways to tell Hoosier's story within various industries, especially by attending trade shows and participating in that way. When she isn't on the clock, you can find her at record stores looking for Beatles records, at a concert, or reading a book somewhere.
Brandon Fourman is an apprentice pattern-maker and has been with HPI since 2013. He started in the saw department and was accepted into the apprentice program in June of 2015. Brandon will be a new face in the trade show booth, but is very knowledgeable and will be a great asset to the show team for the Metalcasting Congress. In Brandon’s free time, he is usually hunting, fishing, or on a golf course.
HPI started in 1997 as a pattern shop and has seen continual growth within the pattern industry by expanding our capabilities to what they are today. We hope you’ll stop by our booth at the conference and check out photos and videos of our facility, as well as sample projects we have worked on. HPI's booth will have information and literature about all services that we offer including foundry tooling, 3D printed sand, and plastic/ABS printing. HPI is proud to be a part of a community and industry that is so vital to everyday life. We look forward to exhibiting and meeting with current and potential customers, as well as seeing which direction the industry is heading in.
Never used or even seen 3D printed sand? Hoosier's booth will be filled with 3D printed sand molds and cores, as well as castings that were cast from 3D printed sand. Everything from small castings to large castings, all made from 3D printed sand in a range of alloys. All of our 3D printed sand is printed in-house with one our ExOne S-Max™ printers in the shop. Have a project or idea that could possibly use 3D printed sand? Stop by the booth. We'd love to hear your idea and discuss your options. See you next week!
Thursday March 23rd, Bellmont students from Jason Egly's various trades classes came to HPI to gain insight on the character traits of a desirable employee. The students were also able to take a tour of Hoosier Pattern’s facilities and learn about what our team does.
The discussion was led by HPI's Jim Geimer, Phillip Bauman, and Alyssa Corral. Jim, Phillip, and Alyssa gathered the students into the training room and presented on what makes a quality employee – not just at Hoosier Pattern, but in any field the students might choose in the future. Topics were broken down into three general categories:
•The Basics – skills someone at the high school level should already possess
•Things That Can Always be Practiced – skills to constantly improve upon
•HPI Specific – skills that would help a person employed at HPI
Touching on The Basics, HPI's employees emphasized arriving to work on time, communication skills, and learning to get along with coworkers. Even though it’s 2017 and cell phones are a normal occurrence, it’s still shocking to see the amount of people who show up late for interviews without prior notice. Communication ties into this, as well. Failure to communicate being late, especially to an interview with a potential employer, raises a red flag before the interview even begins.
To the third emphasis, getting along with coworkers can be a lot easier said than done. Depending on the job within an industry, it’s not uncommon to spend half of the hours in the week with your coworkers. Being able to push through differences to find common ground is essential to the overall health of a company. It is vital for customers to see teamwork, and this teamwork will translate into minimal errors, quality service, and getting the job done.
Another area of conversation surrounded skills and character traits that can always be improved upon. Hoosier employees, especially the younger ones and apprentices, are always encouraged to learn more and immerse themselves in whatever can help them better understand the trade.
As adults, and not just in the workplace, we try to integrate these habits into everyday life. Phillip Bauman can attest to going the extra mile and how it can affect you. Phillip got his start at HPI in high school by painting the outside of the building during the summer and one day it was closing time and Phillip decided he only had a few spots left to paint and stayed over and finished the job. Keith, the owner at HPI, noticed this work ethic in a high school aged student and a few years later, Phillip is now in his final year as an apprentice.
Another emphasized topic was being able to admit defeat. As humans, we are bound to fail from time to time. However, the victory is found in how the failed situation is handled. This is something we wanted to instill into the Bellmont students. On occasion, we have had employees that get frustrated with the job. That is to be expected. However, instead of asking for help, they just stop showing up to work. This is a poor reflection of the organization and it leaves extra work for other employees to pick up. It's okay to fail, but it is necessary to recognize when it has happened and to ask for help on how to correct it.
When we started discussing the qualities and characteristics necessary for a future at HPI, it was important to communicate that everything covered in the previous slides is vital. It takes an entire team committed to excellence to make things run smoothly and deliver products on time.
Along with everything previously covered, it was noted that taking certain classes as a high school student will help to lay a foundation of what to expect inside HPI's doors. Having both Jim and Phillip in the apprentice program and knowing firsthand what helped them was helpful in letting the students know which classes to sign up for in their upcoming high school years.
After the presentation, the students had the opportunity to tour the facility. Most of the students had never seen a machine shop in full swing. Students were able to see the 3D sand printing area, various printers running, and final production pieces being cleaned. They also had the chance to see plates in the CNC machines and parts being laser scanned in the quality control room.
The day ended with students asking several job specific questions like, “What is the average pay for a Journeyman Patternmaker?” Questions were asked about dress code, other skilled trades industries, and more.
We want to thank Mr. Egly and his classes for taking the time to come through our shop and allow the younger generation to see what skilled trade jobs look like in real life and how they contribute to society. We look forward to having next year's class here!