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Work Life News

Thanks for a Great 2016!

2016 is winding down and at HPI we are looking back at everything we accomplished this past year.

 

The end of the year is a time to reflect on how we have evolved over the past 12 months. Between trade shows, expanding our facility, and launching a new 3D printing service, and everything in between, Hoosier Pattern has continued to have a successful year. We are lucky enough to have a business that employs ambitious, driven and dedicated individuals who all excel at what they do. If it weren't for the HPI team, 2016 would not have been as successful of a year as it was. 

 

- Early in the year we announced that we had purchased a Stratasys Fortus 450MC. Throughout 2016, this printer has allowed us to print sample prototype parts, print supports to assist in machining patterns and gating with offset partings, print CMM and machining supports/fixtures and produce patterns for low volume runs. This plastic printer has been an asset in HPI's toolbox, allowing us to expand options we offer our customers. Check out what our FDM printing can do for your next project here

- HPI is now ITAR/EAR compliant!  With our ITAR/EAR compliance came many changes internally at HPI. We have stronger security systems in place and more in depth monitoring of who is entering/touring our facility. Being ITAR/EAR compliant will open doors for new opportunities for HPI in the future and we are looking forward to capitalizing on those opportunities. 

- HPI completed its 10,000th shop order! 10,000 jobs have left our shop and we look forward to making that number rise in 2017. 

- In 2016, HPI had 100% employee participation in giving back to community programs. As mentioned before, the HPI team is second to none. HPI is not a stranger to community involvement. This work family knows the importance of community and helping those who are struggling temporarily or just not as fortunate. Every single employee had money taken out of each check and put it back into the programs that help our neighbors, schools and town. 

- HPI has expanded the facility from 45,000 sq. feet to 80,000 sq. feet. Almost doubling HPI's footprint gives us endless possibilities.  

- HPI was awarded a Global Supply Chain SOLVE Solution Award by Emerson Process Management. Read all about that here. 

- HPI exhibited at multiple trade shows around the country including the Casting Congress in Minneapolis, RAPID in Orlando, The Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia in Houston, SEMA 2016 in Las Vegas and The PRI Show in Indianapolis. The connections made and networking that happens at these shows are always beneficial to us and we look forward to meeting up with our current and future customers at shows in 2017

- HPI gained 3 new journeymen! Chris Lichtle, Mark Bodnar and Ron Cox all received their journeymen certifications in early November. 

- HPI put on their very first webinar and had a very positive response. HPI strives to be an industry leader in quality and knowledge and webinars are one way to reach large audiences across the globe. We look forward to utilizing this technology again in the future.

- HPI had 3 interns this year. Seeing a younger generation interested in the manufacturing industry and what we do at our shop was exciting and a great teaching opportunity. In 2017, we are hoping to educate more and let people know that we are way more than a typical machine shop. 

 

In addition to all of these accomplishments, HPI turned 19 years old! For 19 years, HPI has seen continual growth in this industry and HPI plans to continue growing and only getting better. 19 years of quality workmanship and strong work ethics have brought us to this point. We could not have done this without a solid team and a great network of customers. Thank you to our customers for giving us the opportunities to be your service provider. It is our desire to keep you satisfed with our quality workmanship and commitment to your projects. You are our inspiration in doing our very best.

 

We look forward to working with you on your tooling and rapid prototyping projects in the future. 

 

 

See You in 2017!

 

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.

HPI Receives Solution Award

In June, Hoosier Pattern was awarded a Global Supply Chain SOLVE Solution Award by Emerson Process Management. Emerson gives this award to outstanding project owners that impact the way their supply chain works. The objective of The Global Supply Chain's Solution Award is to encourage and recognize people's efforts on providing supply chain related solutions to the business. In line with the SOLVE vision (defined below) there must also be value added to the business via enterprise engagement, financial improvement, delivery improvement and asset management improvement. The Solution Award is going to be given once in a calendar year and/or completion of a Solution project. The nominees for the award are individuals and/or teams inside and outside of the Global Supply Chain's organization and recipients are chosen by Global Supply Chain leadership, in alignment with Enterprise Leadership. Hoosier Pattern is the only external supplier to receive a Solution award. 

 

Global Supply Chain's vision of SOLVE includes: 

S - Solution provider on: delivery challenges, dwell time and asset management targets

O - On-time delivery improvement with all suppliers achieving 95% OTD to request date

L - Lead time reduction: work with suppliers to shorten lead-times demanded by KOB's

V - Value add to our financial position: deliver supply chain related financial targets on NMI, DPO, ES

E - Enterprise engagement via perfect execution: driving regional actions in line with global Enterprise objectives 

 

HPI is honored and thrilled to be the recipient of the SOLVE award. Our employees take pride in their work and the quality of everything that leaves our facility reflects that. We will continue to strive to be an industry leader in 3D printed sand, constantly working to be better and finding ways to do things differently. The HPI team is mindful of the need to compete for excellence and will always work together as one to keep that goal in mind. We look forward to our future with Emerson and continuing to make that partnership a stronger one. 

 

Free Sample Molds - RAPID 2015

The year is flying by and we are quickly approaching RAPID 2015. RAPID is being held in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center from May 19th to the 21st. It is known worldwide as the preeminent event for 3D printing, scanning and additive manufacturing. With less than a week to go, we are packing our sunscreen and getting very excited to be a part of the largest additive manufacturing conference in North America.

Read more about RAPID

Hoosier Pattern will be at booth #1134 with an exciting opportunity for booth goers. Hoosier Pattern is offering a free sample mold that has been printed in our S-Max™ 3D Sand Printer to anyone who stops at our booth. The sample mold comes pour ready with the gating and riser already printed in it. 

Above: A pouring man sample mold given out by Hoosier Pattern. 

We have one of the largest 3D Sand Printers in existence here at Hoosier Pattern. 

 

Please contact Hoosier Pattern to see if we can help with your next project. We can rapidly prototype parts with complex internal geometries and reduce lead time from months to days. 

Are you going to be in the Long Beach area next week?

Do you want to attend RAPID 2015 as our guest? Let us know!

We have extra tickets that will get you into the RAPID Exposition free of admission (a $75 value)!  Please contact our social media coordinator, Alyssa, to get your ticket or promo code to register for the expo online. Contact Alyssa by calling 260.724.9430 or by email at alyssa@hoosierpattern.com

5 days and counting. See you in Long Beach! 

Congrats to HPI’s Steve Murray!

Hoosier Pattern (HPI) is pleased to announce that Steve Murray has just finished his classes and obtained his 'Train the Trainer' certificate from the American Foundry Society. Steve passed his test with a grade of 97%. For years Steve has presented to many AFS chapter meetings and conferences throughout the U.S. along with presentations at Rapid and AMUG (Additive Manufactures Users Group).

Because of Steve's hard work and dedication, Hoosier Pattern is the only pattern shop/foundry tooling supplier that is both SME Additive Manufacturing Certified and now Trainer Certified with the American Foundry Society, making HPI uniquely qualified to help you with your traditional foundry tooling needs and with your 3D sand printing (3DSP) inquires and requirements. If you congratulate Steve, do not hesitate to ask him to help inform or consult with your company about 3DSP. steve@hoosierpattern.com

Steve will be at RAPID with Hoosier Pattern in Long Beach, California May 19th through the 21st and is leading a workshop titled "How to use 3-D Printed Sand in Short Run Production and Prototype Castings" on the 19th from 3:00p-3:25p. Speaking of RAPID.. do you want to come as our guest? Hoosier Pattern as plenty of exhibition hall tickets (a $75 dollar value) that we are giving away. Contact our social media coordinator, Alyssa, for free tickets. Call her at 260.724.9430 or by email at alyssa@hoosierpattern.com
 

Above: Steve pictured with his certificate and some of the apprentices he educates here at HPI. 

Hoosier Pattern is proud to have you, Steve!

The Milltronics BR-60

Hoosier Pattern recently added a new machine to the CNC room!

The Milltronics BR-60 Bridge Mill offers cost-effective capability for machining large fabricated parts, plates, dies, aluminum molds, or patterns. Huge travels and table surfaces provide tremendous value per square inch of machining capacity.

Contact us today about putting our new bridge mill to work for your next project! 

Hoosier Pride

Here at HPI, we like to think that the "HP" stands for Hoosier Pride.

Pride in the products that we create, pride in our community and pride for our employees and all that they do.

Lots of companies like to do all sorts of flashy PR to draw attention to what they do but that's not our style. Folks who work here go about their business quietly, but we need to acknowledge someone who deserves all of our respect and best wishes.

Derek Scheumann does set up work on our CNC machines. Like all the good people here, Derek takes pride in what he does and goes that one step further. Derek is being deployed along with his Fort Wayne National Guard unit for a six month tour overseas. Words cannot convery the admiration, respect and — here's that word again — flat-out, unabashed pride that we all have for one of our own.

So, please join us in wishing Derek godspeed! All across America there are men and women who quietly go about the business of protecting all of us and put themselves in harm's way so that we may enjoy our hard-fought liberty and freedoms. 

But before Derek deployed, we thought we'd send him out with a humdinger of a meat-lovers Smoke Out with all our barbeque masters loading up the tables in the staging area. A good time was had by all, and here are a couple photos to prove it.

Derek is the good-looking one on the right.

HPI Hosts Joint Dinner for Geneva/Berne/Decatur Chamber of Commerce

Hoosier Pattern recently hosted a joint dinner for the Geneva, Berne and Decatur Chambers of Commerce.

The event was held at our facility, and Keith Gerber (Owner, President) gave a short history of HPI and explanation of how products we make are used in foundries including cast parts.

Taylor Gage spoke about our Apprentice Program, Ryan Seddelmeyer discussed the hard tooling (subtractive manufacturing) side and Dave Rittmeyer explained the additive manufacturing side focusing on our 3D printer capabilities.

Tours of the entire plant were given by Dave, Ryan, Taylor and Todd Yoder. Fifty-two members of the combined Chambers were in attendance and as they say, a good time was had by all.

A few photos from the event:

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