Employee Spotlight News

Summer Intern: Lucas Juengel

With the school year back in full swing, we wanted to give some recognition to our summer intern, Lucas! Lucas spent the summer at HPI shadowing different departments and even desiging his own part. Lucas is 18 and now a Senior at Bellmont High School. Get to know a little more about Lucas and his experience at HPI below.

 

  

How did you get connected with HPI? Did you pick it or were you placed here?
I applied to Connexus online and HPI chose me to interview and then picked me to be their summer intern

Did you have an interest in what HPI does before you  interned here? Do you have more of an interest now?
Yes, I was interested in CNC machining and 3D printing and now that I have learned as much as I could in 6 weeks about them, I am more interested in HPI. 

What type of things did you do at HPI?
I shadowed someone from each area and I learned a little bit about everything. I got to design and make 2 different projects as well. 

What did you enjoy the most?
I enjoyed making a plate with a tractor on it and then designing a scaled down break rotor that I got to pour and cast. 

Did you learn some new skills during this internship?
I learned how to work a new software and also how to melt down and pour molten metal. 

How would you describe the atmosphere?
Everyone was friendly and more than willing to answer all of my questions.

Did it change/inspire any future career plans?
It inspired me to keep continuing on the path of engineering.

Would you recommend an internship or job shadowing to other students?
Yes, because I learned a ton of things this summer through the program and it gave me a taste of what the real world is like. 

 

HPI enjoyed having you this summer and we are confident with your willingness to learn and grow that you are going to do great things! Have a great school year!

HPI’s Newest Journeyman Patternmaker!

Jim Geimer has technically been a Journeyman Patternmaker since May of 2018 but after a couple delays, HPI finally got to present him with his official state certificate that certifies him as an official Journeyman Patternmaker! Jim started at Hoosier Pattern in February of 2012 and officially entered the apprenticeship program in January of 2013. Over the next 5 years, he logged 10,000 working hours along with taking the required 12 classes at Ivy Tech Community College. He wrapped up his apprenticeship in early 2018 and as of this morning, his certificate is officially hanging on our wall! 

All Hoosier Pattern employees as well as Jim's wife, Stephanie, were there for the presentation. 

  

Congratulations Jim! We are so proud of you and can't wait to see the great work you do in the future. 

Happy Retirement, Steve Murray!

After 41 years in the industry and 4 years at Hoosier Pattern, Steve Murray is retiring at the end of this year. Steve has played a vital role in the sand printing portion of our business here at HPI. Steve didn't have a desk in the building, instead he could be found speaking at events, shows and meetings representing Hoosier and getting our name out there within the industry. A short interview with Steve below gives insight to his years as a patternmaker.


Badges from various shows/events Steve has been to representing HPI

 

How long have you been in the industry?
 Since 1976 and joined the Patternmakers League of North America a short time later. Since then I have had the privilege and good fortune to work in many pattern shops and foundries. I liked moving around to learn new things and experiencing different manufacturing methods and products. You learn so much from others and everyone can teach you something if you are open to the experience.

What attracted you to this industry?
Making things. Most manufactured things, products, parts or whatever you want to call them started out in a pattern shop or model shop. All these designs were funneled through these shops. To be in one meant you had a wide and varied list of things you would be required to make, so boredom was not an issue. Just think of all the parts that make up an automobile, plane, ship or household appliances, industrial machinery and many other categories of parts that needed to be manufactured and they all started with a guy making something. I wanted to be that guy. The guy who was the first to make this type of engine block, head or bracket. How cool is that, to make the first of something on planet Earth, or to make something that future archeologists will dig up and marvel that we back in the day had the technology to make this or that. They always dig up metal bits and put them in museums and such. So, I like, I get a kick out of making things. Always have and most likely always will.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to get into this industry?  
The industry needs you and wants you. If you like hands on learning, practical learning and not all the fluff, then jump in. Yes you get dirty, but all of us clean up good, and working with your hand and your mind is the best combination there is. This industry is what you make of it, much like life….what you make of it. All the skilled trades are cool professions. Yes, profession, not job. You master a skilled trade, you are by definition a professional. There is a pride in that, no one can take that away from you and you are that professional till you die.

How has the industry changed since you started?
Technology. A skilled hands trade has evolved to a skilled technology trade. Skilled hands are still required but technology has let one skilled tradesperson replace a dozen from years past. My past which to me is not all that long ago, but to younger people it is ancient history. The speed at which things are done is remarkable. The knowledge and use of such a wide variety of technologies is astounding. Technology changes in Chemistry, Material Science, IT, Simulation and on and on are impacting the industry and it keeps making this industry interesting.

 

Last week, Hoosier  threw a retirement lunch for Steve and surprised him with a bronze statue as a retirement gift. Something people may be surprised to know about Steve is that he is a very talented wood carver. He initially carved the body of this statue out of wood, we scanned it and already had a 3D file of Steve's head. We combined the two CAD files and with some help from Artcast Inc. in Canada, ended up with a fantastic casting.

    

 

What are you going to do with all of your free time now?
Carve/sculpt  or make things just because I want to or because I think they are pretty. I will draw and paint more and also work making my gardens. I love to garden and I hope to finish my 5 acres of garden beds before I leave the top side of this Earth. On the family side, I want to have those days with my Miss Judy that we have been waiting for all these years. Enjoy each and every one of them together.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That I am a home body who likes to cook for my Miss Judy and that I enjoy more solitary activities. If left to my own devises I could be a hermit, but my Miss Judy keeps me engaged with the world.

 

HPI wants to thank Steve for his many hours of traveling, sleeping in hotel rooms, eating airport food and for ultimately representing Hoosier Pattern in the best way possible. Steve's knowledge and passion for additive manufacturing helped give HPI a head start within the industry, which is invaluable.  Steve, we want to wish you a very relaxing and worry free retirement. You have earned it.

 

 

HPI’s Newest Journeyman Patternmaker

As of July, Hoosier officially has a new Journeyman Patternmaker to add to our already impressive list of skilled employees. Phillip Bauman completed his 10,000 work hours and classes at Ivy Tech Community College over the past 5 years and received his Journeyman Certificate from the Indiana Department of Labor last week.

  

Phillip Bauman has been a part of the Hoosier Pattern family since May of 2012 when Keith hired him at the end of his senior year of high school. Phillip was initially hired to paint the outside of the building. One day it had started raining and Keith told Phillip to come inside and shadow some of journeymen already out on the shop floor for the day and he has been here ever since. Phillip is currently one of our CAM programmers and occasionally can be found in the Hoosier Pattern booth at some of the trade shows we attend. 

  

 

Congratulations, Phillip! Your hard work and dedication to Hoosier Pattern over the past 5 years has been truly appreciated. We are proud of your work ethic and are grateful to have you on our team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Happy Retirement, Dwight!

Today, we started saying "See you later" to one of HPI's best, Dwight Haines as he starts a new journey:

RETIREMENT!

 

Dwight is a Journeyman Patternmaker and acquired his certificate for "Machinist- Tool Maker"  August 24, 1973. He worked in Van Wert for awhile and then moved to Fort Wayne Foundry/Cole Pattern. Dwight happened to be neighbors with our owner, Keith Gerber, and after some convincing Keith got Dwight to join the HPI team.

  

Dwight is HPI's Support Coordinator at HPI and has been an asset to the team since his first day back in 2009. Dwight is a wizard in Microsoft Excel and brought his knowledge to HPI, greatly enhancing our internal workbooks. Having been in the industry for many years, he also brought a wealth of knowledge about quality.

Dwight spends most of his time in the quality room, acting as our laser scanning guru and 3D sand testing expert. His years of skills and knowledge is very impressive and his willingness to share that knowledge with others is inspiring to see. Dwight has spent time at local high schools and job fairs showing students how to use the 3D scanner and how it applies to the industry. Dwight, and his wealth of knowledge, will be missed by all of us at HPI. 

Dwight,

Everyone at HPI wishes you a relaxing and happy retirement. You have been a joy to learn from and work alongside. Your years of hard work here are much appreciated and we are very grateful. Your work truly has made a lasting impact, and has changed the company for the better in many ways. Enjoy every minute of your retirement!

Love,
The Hoosier Pattern Family

 

Three New Journeymen!

At HPI, we pride ourselves on the high quality of the products that leave our shop doors. We know that to have high quality products, we need to have high quality employees. With the apprentice program, we invest money and time on our employees to turn them into highly skilled workers who have earned their spot in the workforce. Outside of the apprentice program, we do everything we can to make sure that our employees have the tools they need to do whatever job it is, whether it's in the offices working at a desk or on the shop floor setting up machines. Every employee is important at HPI and deserves to be recognized for the hard work and effort they bring to their jobs every day.

That being said, HPI reached out to the Indiana Department of Labor because we have 3 hard working men in the shop who deserve to be recognized for what they have accomplished in the patternmaking field as well as what they have done for Hoosier Pattern. Chris Lichtle, Mark Bodnar and Ron Cox have reached a high level of proficiency in the pattern making industry not just here at HPI, but at patternshops and foundrys prior to HPI. They have all shown willingness to mentor and work with younger employees, especially those going through the apprentice program. They have invested many work hours educating our up-and-coming work force. By sharing their expertise and experience, they are ensuring that future generations of patternmakers will enter their profession as highly trained and skilled Journeyman Patternmakers. 

As previously mentioned, Chris, Mark and Ron have previously worked in the patternmaking business before coming to HPI. By rights, they should have obtained their Journeyman certificiates prior to joining HPI, but it did not come to pass. This was a wrong that HPI wanted to change. 

This week, Hoosier Pattern turns 19 years old. In celebration of our 19th birthday, we were also able to present Chris, Mark and Ron with their Journeyman Patternmaker certificates. We have a great amount of pride for this company and for the people who work within it. For a great product, you need to have a great company staffed with a great team and we truly believe that Hoosier has this. Congratulations to Chris, Mark, and Ron, who have gone above and beyond multiple times for this company and are more than deserving of this achievement. 


Chris Lichtle recieving his Journeyman Patternmaker Certificate. Chris has working as a patternmaker for over 40years. He joined the HPI team in 2003.

 


Mark Bodnar recieving his Journeyman Patternmaker Certificate. Mark has worked as a patternmaker for over 30 years and joined HPI in 2005.

 


Ron Cox recieving his Journeyman Patternmaker Certificate. Ron has worked as a patternmaker for over 40 years and joined HPI in 2008. 

 

Happy Birthday 19th Birthday to Hoosier Pattern as a company and Congratulations to our newest Journeyman Patternmakers! You have been a vital part of what makes HPI great and we are proud to have you on our team. Speaking of our team... do you want to join it? We have a few open positions. Check them out here.

Employee Spotlight: Eunice Wynn

Just in time for her last full month at HPI before she gets to enjoy retirement... this month's spotlight employee, Eunice Wynn!

 


Employee Name:
Eunice Wynn

Position at Hooiser Pattern:
Shipping/Delivery

What's that mean?
I deliver finished tooling/sand cores to foundries in the 3 surrounding states. I also set up freight pick ups.

Tell us about yourself/family:
I have lived in Decatur my entire life except for a little over a year in 1967 and 1968. I have a brother who lives in Berne and 4 nephews whom I loved spoiling when they were younger and now get to do the same to their children.

Where was your first job?
Adams County Hospital as an EKG Tech

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Traveling and reading

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I spent about a year in Mexico City, Mexico for my junior year of high school. I also have a P.I. license.

What is your favorite TV show?
NCIS

What is something you've never done, but want to do?
Go to London, England

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.

Employee Spotlight: Barb Reid

 

Employee:
Barb Reid

Position at Hoosier Pattern:
Sand Room Lead Person

What's that mean?
I assist Travis in the sand room. I clean/maintain the Ex-One machines, start prints, and back up the shipping department.

How long have you been at Hoosier Pattern?
It will be 2 years in June

Tell us about yourself/family:
I was born and raised in Western New York. I have been married to my husband for 26 years and we have 3 kids. My youngest child is the only Hoosier.. everyone else was born in New York.

Where was your first job?
I had a paper route when I was 13.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
Cheering my kids on in all their sports, gardening and I love to read.

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I don't like ladders

What is your favorite TV show?
Bar Rescue

What is something you've never done, but want to?
Travel to Ireland

Employee Spotlight: Taylor Gage

 

Employee Name:
Taylor J. Gage

Position at Hoosier Pattern:
Apprentice Pattern Maker

What's that mean?
An apprentice at Hoosier Pattern fills the roles of student/employee. It is a 5 year program and throughout the 5 years, I will be taking classes at Ivy Tech along with working in different positions at Hoosier Pattern with different patternmakers to learn all aspects of the trade to become a Journeyman and all around patternmaker.

How long have you been at Hoosier Pattern?
3.5 Years

Tell us about yourself/family:
I am 26 years old and I have 2 sisters, Kate Brickley who is 33 years old and a younger sister, Rebecca Gage, who is 22 years old. I’m getting married to Brean Smith on October 10, 2015

Where was your first job?
Busboy at West End Restaurant

What are your hobbies outside of work?
My hobbies include hunting, fishing, spending every weekend at the lake and working out.

What is something not a lot of people know about you?
I have an Associates Degree in Applied Science

What is your favorite TV show?
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

What is something you've never done, but want to do?
Go on a mountain lion hunt