REGARDING COVID-19: Hoosier Pattern has decided to limit face to face meetings with customers and visitors and will be heavily utilizing the use of teleconferencing and web meetings with customers until further notice. It is our goal to not only keep our employees safe but to keep visitors safe by limiting contact.
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Hoosier Pattern and COVID-19

With the recent COVID-19 updates, Hoosier Pattern has decided to limit face to face meetings with customers and visitors and will be heavily utilizing the use of teleconferencing and web meetings with customers until further notice. It is our goal to not only keep our employees safe but to keep visitors safe by limiting contact.

If you want to fill out an application, please download our form via our website and email it to laurie@hoosierpattern.com. Truck drivers and deliveries are still being accepted with minimal contact and added sanitation measures.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we do our part in keeping our employees, their families, and the community healthy.

Hoosier Pattern at the AFS Wisconsin Regional Conference & Expo!

Join Hoosier Pattern at the AFS Wisconsin Regional Conference & Expo

On February 12 and 13, Hoosier Pattern is honored and excited to be a part of the 82nd annual Wisconsin Regional Foundry Conference & Expo held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

During the event held at the luxurious Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, attendees can meet and interact with over 80 exhibitors, watch and learn technical sessions, get insights from keynote speakers, and understand the latest technological trends relating to our industry.

If you’re planning to attend our expo, then please see us at the booth (#112), where you’ll talk with one of our experienced staff members showcasing some 3D printed sand molds and cores.

Additive Manufacturing Supervisor and Customer Care Manager, Dave Rittmeyer, will also be on-site ready to answer any questions you may have related to our 3D sand printing process. Also, Dave will explain what kind of files, models, and information you need for your next 3D printed sand project.

Want to learn more about our innovative processes? Then please don’t hesitate to let us know! We’ll take the time to explain our in-depth 3-D process from start to finish, along with how to apply it to your process. We’ll also send you free samples to help better your understanding of how these molds and cores can dramatically reduce your product’s production times.

Hoosier Pattern is a proud member of the American Foundry Society, and we stand with the organization’s mission to advance the success of its members and the metal casting industry through advocacy, education, and innovation. Over the years, we’ve been actively involved with the American Foundry Society and with its members. We look forward to continuing our partnership and support with AFS now and through the future.

We’re looking forward to the conference. We believe this event is a fantastic opportunity to network and catch up with current customers as well as meet new members attending our expo. Don’t forget, and we’ll be exhibiting at the booth (#112), please stop on by and see us.

See you in Milwaukee!

Press Release - Plein Air Contest at HPI

Decatur, Indiana

 

The worlds of industry and the arts are seldom thought to have much in common.  And yet, on November 15, these two disparate worlds did indeed come together with an outcome far better than either group could have predicted.

 

Hoosier Pattern’s owner, Keith Gerber, came up with the idea of an Indoor Plein Air painting contest in which the artists would depict scenes from within his manufacturing plant, a building he and his 50 employees had occupied since 1997.  Artists were guaranteed the purchase of one artwork each.

 

With the assistance of local art event organizers, and Avon Waters, President of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, (IPAPA).  15 artists were invited to participate.

 

The artists came from as far away as Terre Haute and Springfield, OH.  They arrived fully prepared to work.  After a tour of the facility, and a brief explanation of Hoosier Pattern’s operations, sites were selected, easels were set up throughout the building (out of the way of forklifts and employees) and the artists got to work.  Many different types of mediums were used:  watercolor, oil, pastels, and acrylics.  With the exception of a brief break for lunch and a gathering for a group photo, the artists worked from 10:00 until 2:00.   

   

 

HPI employees voted on their three favorite works.  Many commented that it was difficult to choose only three because they were all so good.

 

Artists who participated were:

Sandy Hall, Greenfield, IN – FIRST PLACE

Lynne Dunnavant, Rosedale, IN – SECOND PLACE

Shelby Nower, Decatur, IN – THIRD PLACE

Avon Waters, Converse, IN

Diana Fair, Fort Wayne, IN

Tiffany Mendez, Decatur, IN

Curt Stanfield, Rosedale, IN

Darlene Vassil, Decatur, IN

Tim Swagerle, Peru, IN

John Kelty, Fort Wayne, IN

Robine Wright, Springfield, OH

Greg Mendez,  Decatur, IN

Rebecca Justice. Schaab – Auburn, IN

Christel Gutelius, Mecca, IN

Terry Pulley, Wabash, IN

 

Prizes amounts awarded were: 

1st Place - $750.00

2nd Place - $625.00

3rd Place - $500.00

    

HPI’s owner, Keith Gerber remarked that this event was clearly a win/win for both his company and the artists.  Hoosier Pattern will frame and proudly display the art in their front offices and reception area.  The artists were given the opportunity to paint an interior industrial setting instead of outside landscapes.  This was a first for them.  They also were able to paint indoors during November’s chilly temperatures.

   
*not all pieces of art are pictured

Keith hopes that by sharing news of this very successful event, other manufacturers and businesses might consider sponsoring similar events or would consider ways their companies might support the arts.  Both the artists and Hoosier Pattern employees thoroughly enjoyed this experience.  Should you have any questions about this particular event or if your company is interested in sponsoring a similar event, feel free to contact Laurie Mrvos, Human Resources at Hoosier Pattern:  laurie@hoosierpatter.com.

HPI to host Plein Air Contest

 

Although Hoosier Pattern typically stays within the manufacturing lane serving a variety of industries across the board within the manufacturing realm, we think it is important to get involved with other industries to expand our knowledge and grow our minds. Hoosier Pattern is proud to announce that we are hosting a “Plein Air” Painting Contest on Friday, November 15th with the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association. Plein Air is in air quotes because typically Plein Air means an artist leaving the four walls of their studio and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. Since it’s cold out, we are bringing these artists inside the walls of HPI and having them set up their easels, break out their medium of choice and sit within the shop to paint whatever scene they see.

This is the first event of this kind at Hoosier and we were a little nervous about the turnout or if artists would even be interested in painting a “manufacturing” type scene. We set 10-12 artists as a nice goal and were elated when 16 artists signed up to participate and bring their talents to Hoosier. Artists will have the opportunity to take a tour of our facility, extract some 3D printed sand molds from the 3D sand printer, watch those molds be poured with our small on-site foundry and then pick the area of the shop they would like to paint. This contest was open to all artists and media so there will be paintings that range from oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, pastels or charcoal.

Each artist is guaranteed to have a painting bought by Hoosier Pattern and these paintings will be hung in our newly remodeled lobby for all visitors to see when they walk in the doors of HPI. In addition, there will be a first, second and third place prize given out after Hoosier Pattern employees vote on their favorites.

Keep an eye out on the blog as we will be posting the finished projects for the community to see and appreciate. We are very excited for this event and look forward to seeing what these artists create and come up with.

To learn more about the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association visit their website here: http://inpainters.org/ or their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/246407308830367/about/

As the owner of Hoosier Pattern, I/we are excited to open our doors to artists, so through your eyes, you can capture the different areas of the business footprint. We hope that this day is as rewarding to you as we are sure it will be for years to come being able to showcase your talents in our front lobby common area. We look forward to employee-wide to judge your talents soon after this event. Good Luck to each of your participating.” – Keith Gerber, Owner of Hoosier Pattern

Happy Retirement, Joella!

Today, Friday, October 11th is OFFICIALLY Joella Phillips' last day at HPI because she is RETIRING!

 

 

In September, Joella celebrated 15 years at HPI. Joella was one of the first 5 employees hired into the company and she will be missed dearly. Joella has been in charge of our offices and has been through every change, update and remodel HPI has gone through. 

On Tuesday of this week, we celebrated Joella and all her hard work she has put into HPI over the past 15 years.  Prior to HPI, Joella spent10 years in Credit and Collections, both domestic and international along with 11 years in Purchasing, both MRO and production. Joella has also worked part-time as an advocate in a domestic violence shelter.  When she wasn't at work,  Joella's hobbies included singing in the church choir, enjoying time with her family and friends, or a good book. She also enjoys exploring, traveling to new places and meeting new people. 

 

Joella, 

Congratulations on retirement! You have been a pleasure to work alongside and learn from. Thank you for all of the hours and hard work you have put into Hoosier Pattern - your work truly made a lasting impact, and one that has changed the company for the better in so many ways. We will miss you and everything you brought to the company but know you are enjoying every second of a much-deserved retirement! 


Love, 
The Hoosier Pattern Family 

 

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Aside from Joella's exciting retirement celebration on Tuesday, we also recognized employees that celebrated milestone anniversaries this year. 

Celebrating 5+ years are the following employees standing in between Laurie Mrvos (human resources) and Keith Gerber (owner of HPI)  from left to right: 
Phil Conner - 9 Years 
Jim Geimer - 7 Years
Phillip Bauman - 7 Years
Todd Yoder - 7 Years
Jacob Chavarria - 6 Years
Barb Reid - 6 Years
Brandon Fourman - 6 Years
Ernie Geyer - 5 Years

Celebrating 10+ years with HPI: 
Tina Fourman - 10 Years
Ron Cox - 11 Years
Kelly Gerber - 10 Years

 

Celebrating 15+ years with HPI: 
Joella Phillips - 15 Years
Chris Lichtle - 16 Years

Celebrating 20 years at HPI: 
Dave Rittmeyer

 

A HUGE congratulations to all of these employees. Their time and dedication have played a vital role in making HPI a success and we would not have made it almost 22 years without these people and the level of hard work they bring to the table. We feel fortunate to have not just these employees but so many great employees and we look forward to what the future holds knowing we have some of the hardest working people on our team. Congratulations to all of these employees celebrating anniversaries this year and an even bigger congratulations to Joella Phillips! Enjoy every second of retirement! 

MFG Day at HPI

National Manufacturing Day isn't officially until October 4th, but HPI decided to celebrate a couple of days early. HPI held a MFG Day event for local students and educators where they were welcome to come into the shop, take a tour, ask some questions and see what goes on behind the doors of HPI on a day to day basis. Over 70 students from area schools came through our doors to see what goes on behind the scenes at HPI. Tours were given by employees that are currently going through the apprentice program as well as a few other full-time employees. Students were encouraged to ask any and all questions they had regarding the industry and what it is like to work within it. 

  

Stops on the tour included: the shop floor, saw area, CAD/CAM room, sand printing room, sand cleaning room, benching and rigging area and the quality lab. There was also a stop at a foundry that was up and running. Students got to watch as a real 3D printed sand mold got molten metal poured into it. Once the mold was cooled down a bit, it was broke open to reveal a gargoyle casting. 

  

The students toured the facility for about an hour and a half and then ended their tour with pizza and a MFG Day/Hoosier Pattern t-shirt. We take pride in doing everything we can to make sure that future generations see what goes on within our industry. We will always encourage students and schools to make sure students are exposed to skilled trades and will do everything in our power to make sure they have the opportunities to tour our job shadow any of the positions in our shop. It was a successful Manufacturing Day event and we look forward to future ones! 

HPI To Host Manufacturing Day Event for Students and Educators

Manufacturing Day is nationally recognized every year on the first Friday in October and is used to showcase the reality of modern manufacturing by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders.

Although Manufacturing Day falls on October 4th this year, Hoosier Pattern is opening its doors to students, educators, school officials, and local government officials to tour our facility and see what goes on day to day behind the doors at HPI. Guest will be able to check out each area of the shop as well as be able to talk with employees and ask any questions they may have.

Multiple CNC centers on the shop floor will be running and the 3D sand printers will be printing job boxes in real-time. There will also be a finished job box with 3D sand printed keychain molds inside. Visitors will be able to extract their own molds, clean them at a cleaning station and then take them to be poured here in the shop and be able to take a custom keychain home with them.

When visiting local schools and talking to local students, we always ask students what they think of when they hear the word “manufacturing”. We get answers like “dirty”, “low paying”, and “bad hours”. Hoosier Pattern strongly believes in encouraging the younger generation to explore careers in manufacturing and take every opportunity to show these students that those stereotypes are just simply not true.  We encourage all students and educators to join us on Wednesday, October 2nd at Hoosier Pattern as we help inspire the next generation of manufacturers.  

If you are an educator and want to get your class here for this event please contact Alyssa Corral at alyssa@hoosierpattern.com or directly at 260-706-4144

To learn more about Manufacturing Day and check out other Manufacturing Day Events check out their website: https://www.mfgday.com/

3D Printed Sand Molds and Cores for Pump Components at TPS 2019

In two weeks, HPI's Dave Rittmeyer and Alyssa Corral will be in Houston, Texas at the 48th Annual Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia. TPS is a worldwide event with exhibiting companies from all over the globe exchanging ideas to grow the industry further. TPS is known for its impact on the turbomachinery, pump, oil, gas and petrochemical power, aerospace, chemical and water industries. Typically there are over 4,500 attendees and 350 exhibiting companies from 45 different countries. The show floor spans over 200,000 square feet and is filled with industry experts demonstrating full-size equipment and products. 

 

HPI will be at booth #1226 with 3D printed sand molds and cores as well as some castings that were cast from like molds and cores. The HPI booth is always filled with plenty of videos and visual media to help answer any questions as well as information for customers and potential customers to take with them. If foundries have never poured the 3D printed sand, we encourage them to stop by the booth to get their badge scanned to have some free samples sent to them. 

 

Why Use 3D Printed Sand to Make Pump Components?

Timing:
In a maximum of 2 weeks from the receipt of your purchase order, you can have a sand mold of your pump component ready to ship to the foundry of your choice. Don't have a foundry in mind? No problem. We have a network of foundries we work alongside to produce high-quality castings for our customers. The sand molds are ready to make a casting with no waiting for foundry tooling to be made, refurbished or changed to the latest engineering level. Castings get made faster and into your customer's hands quicker. This process is ideal for new prototypes, low volume pump requirements, and legacy pumps or their components.

Cost:
The cost for 3D printed sand components, sand molds or sand cores is $0.13 per cubic inch. This is the cubic inch of the CAD build box of the sand component. No extra charge for complex designs or geometries. The only extra charges are if you want it NOW, like the next day NOW. Yes, we can do that. 

Design:
Complex geometries of your parts do not equate to higher costs to make your castings. You do not need to sacrifice your design for manufacturability. Complex core designs are 3D printed as one piece, thus reducing or eliminating assembly errors and foundry casting defects. No internal fins or mismatches. 3D printed foundry molds do not need traditional parting lines and flask sizes. This gives the foundry the freedom to gate, place risers, and feed the casting in the best way possible to produce the optimal casting. The freedom of pump design combined with the freedom of the foundry to manufacturing a pump component casting is a massive advancement for the pump industry. 

Complex pump component castings produced quickly and at a known cost is why manufacturers are turning to 3D printing as a solution to pump casting problems.

 

See you in two weeks, Houston! If you are not going to be at TPS this year but are still interested in 3D printed sand for your projects, please contact us. 

Meet Ian and Colin! | High Schoolers in Manufacturing


It's already been a busy summer here at HPI and it's only the middle of June! Every year, HPI looks into bringing high school aged kids to job shadow or actually be hired in to help out where needed in the shop to get a feel for what the manufacturing industry is like. Along with getting hands on experience, these summer positions also give these students a taste of what having a job in the "real" world is like by teaching them soft skills such as showing up to work on time every day and being a part of a team. This year's summer employees come from Adams Central High School and Norwell High School. Everyone meet Colin Rittmeyer and Ian Smith!

 

 

Colin Rittmeyer
Norwell/Senior

What made you seek out HPI as a place to work at for the summer?

My father works here and I’ve worked here before.

What types of things do you do at HPI?
I work in the sand room – extracting job boxes, cleaning cores and packing them to be shipped to foundries.

What do you enjoy about working at HPI?
I really enjoy the relaxed work environment.

What do you want to do as a career? Do you think that working at HPI during the summer will help you decide on what you want to do as a career?
I’ve been planning on going into the Marine Corps which I had decided to do 4 years ago.

Other than the job itself, what kind of things has HPI taught you?
How important attention to detail is.

Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing? What organizations are you involved in at school? Do you play sports? 
Cooking, playing baseball and PT with the Marine Corps recruitment program.

 

 

Ian Smith
Adams Central/Junior

What made you seek out HPI as a place to work at for the summer?
I have seen all the things they do for their employees and I hope to make a career out of this. 

What types of things do you do at HPI?
I do a lot of mold cleaning and then packing them to be shipped to foundries.

What do you enjoy about working at HPI?
Getting a half day on Friday. 

What do you want to do as a career? Do you think that working at HPI during the summer will help you decide on what you want to do as a career?
I would like a career in machining or mold making and after working here I feel like my choice to do that has been justified.

Other than the job itself, what kind of things has HPI taught you?
Respect, honesty and work ethic

Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing? What organizations are you involved in at school? Do you play sports? 
I wrestle and play football. Last year I was part of the skills USA contest for machining and I placed fourth in the state for Milling Specialist. 

 

While we understand the appeal of summer vacation for high school aged kids, we think it is really impressive that these students have seeked out local opportunities to make some extra cash. It is admirable,  shows a good work ethic and we look forward to showing these students how we do it here at HPI. Welcome to the HPI family for the summer, Colin and Ian! 

 

HPI hires new employee via Signing Day

The Adams Wells Manufacturing Alliance (AWMA) held a signing day event for local students that have been enrolled in a work-based learning program in high school and have decided to work full time for these businesses after graduating. Connor Ray came into Hoosier Pattern last summer and inquired about a job. HPI was impressed with his motivation and initiative to plan for his future after high school and hired him. He went to school half day then worked half day and lastnight at the signing day event, HPI signed him as a full time employee. Connor was one of 10 local graduates that signed to work full time with area businesses. Every signee received a $150 signing bonus from the AWMA. Read about the full list of signees here.

Connor will graduate from Heritage High School on Sunday and we look forward to a future with him here at HPI. Congratulations to Connor as well as the rest of the Class of 2019!

  

Read more about the AWMA and what they do here.