2020 has definitely had its ups and downs. Although there is one silver lining worth celebrating, Hoosier Pattern is turning 23 years old! Despite these obstacles we faced, Hoosier Pattern remained a crucial part of the supply chain and adjusted to new policies and procedures during a global pandemic. We’ve expanded the shop and added new technology. We had to lean on each other and give each of us encouragement during hard times.
Being an essential business during a global pandemic has been nothing short of a challenge. After February, the COVID outbreak halted every in-person trade show. All of our company outings were canceled, and life inside the shop had to be immediately adjusted.
Face-to-face meetings, tours, and customer visits were wiped off the calendar. Overnight we began heavily utilizing the use of web conferences. We implemented temperature stations as well as extra sanitizing and cleaning procedures.
Today, we’re cautiously starting to open our doors to a few visitors and have resumed some face-to-face meetings. However, we’re still continuing to take every necessary precaution to ensure that everyone remains safe. In the future, we’re looking forward to further opening our doors for students and customers to tour our facility while staying connected with our patrons through our tradeshow events.
Looking back at 2020, the inside of the shop has continued to evolve. In January, we finalized the installation of our fourth 3D sand printer inside the shop, and we’re grateful for the extra capacity it has given us to take on more jobs. We added a new Doosan DNM 6700 to our CNC shop floor, and we developed a 360 virtual tour on our website.
Over the years, Hoosier Pattern’s success or secret sauce relies on our expertly-trained team that consistently serves our customer’s needs despite the difficult times they face. Our employees overcame adversity this year. They dealt with new protocols, changes in shifts and hours, limited contact with each other, canceled employee outings, and grieved the unexpected loss of a co-worker together.
Our employees dealt with all of those curveballs, but we never let our guard down. When it came to the quality of work or relationships with our customers, every team member rose to the occasion
In retrospect, 2020 has been filled with highs and lows. It was a year full of learning and challenging ourselves to think outside the box like never before. We are thankful to celebrate another anniversary and look forward to what the future has in store for us.
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