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OCT 2018

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Workforce Development 18 MoldMaking Technology —— OCTOBER 2018 A lot of things are teachable, but passion is not one of them. Britteny is an energetic and enthusiastic advocate for not only Paragon D&E (Paragon), but for the moldmaking industry as well. Part of her role in human resources is to fill open positions. She noticed early on that there just were not enough applicants and quickly realized that it is up to industry itself to develop and nurture excitement for careers in moldmaking. Britteny helped organize outreach and educational programs for local middle schools and high schools and set up plant tours with students and teachers. She is the champion at Paragon for Career Quest in Grand Rapids, which exposes students to high-growth occupations in advanced manufacturing, construction, health sciences and information technology via various activities and engagement with professionals like Britteny. She has made a positive impact steering people toward manufacturing and moldmaking in particular. Britteny also is on the team that brought Paragon the title of "Best and Brightest Top 100 Companies to Work For" in 2017. She has participated in panel discussions at the American Mold Builders Association National Conference and at Amerimold 2018. Mitchell is a third-generation moldmaker. His grandfather, Al Fox, established Accede Mold & Tool (Accede) in 1981 and his father, Roger Fox, was a moldmaker and is the current owner and president of Accede. Mitchell started his moldmaking apprenticeship at Accede when he was 18 in 2012. He continued to work as an apprentice while attending college, graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2017 with a degree in mechanical engineering technology. After graduation, Mitchell began to work full time at Accede, continuing his moldmaking apprenticeship. Throughout high school, Mitchell was active with FIRST Robotics as a member of Webster Schroeder/Thomas High School's team, SPARX 1126. The mission of FIRST is to inspire and encourage students as young as six years old to embrace STEM concepts and careers. Mitchell's latest endeavor at Accede is building a four- cavity Class 101 pilot mold with multiple side-actions, including hydraulically actuated lift and strip slides and a direct valve-gated hot manifold. Cameron started his career at Calframax in 2006 through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), which taught him how to use a surface grinder, Bridgeport and manual lathe, providing foundational knowledge for his future. Cameron worked his way through the assembly process and cycled through each machining department, allowing him to gain experience and knowledge and create innovative ways to improve throughput, efficiency and tool life. A year later, Cameron started full-time at Calframax and continued his education at St. Clair College at night twice a week. He then moved on to programming and using larger, more complex machines, such as a manual and CNC boring mill, CNC lathe and a five-axis milling and turning center. The management team relies on Cameron's experience and skill to train employees on this technology. For example, he has condensed three machine operations into one, saving time and increasing efficiency. He transferred a milling operation into a turning operation, reducing machining time from nine hours to one, and he implemented Power Inspect for two Okuma milling and turning centers, reducing wait times for the verification of coordinate measuring machines. Britteny Willis (28) Human Resources Paragon D&E (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Cameron Larimie (29) Five-Axis Machine Operator and Programmer Calframax (Ontario, Canada) Mitchell Fox (23) Moldmaker Accede Mold & Tool (Rochester, New York) Ben is one of the most exciting young talents at Xometry. He has both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland and is a certified project management professional. He has been with the company for three years and plays a crucial role in helping the company develop its injection molding offerings. He manages an injection molding team and engages in part and mold design review with customers. He has become known for his hands-on, insightful approach to projects. Ben also manages complex injection molding projects from start to finish, delivering excellent customer service throughout the process. He has played a key role in Xometry's growth from a tiny startup to where the company is today. Benjamin Warner (28) Project Manager, Xometry (Bethesda, Maryland)

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