Modern completes our facility expansion and moves into the 12,000 square foot assembly area. The new expansion was built with 40 foot side walls to accomodate the ever increasing size of new equipment, and to allow the integration of an overhead crane. The overhead crane has several benefits including safety, improved productivity, and reduced rigging costs. The building expansion is expected to increase Modern's capacity by 30-40%.
Modern is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Daniel Smith to the position of Program Manager. Dan brings over 40 years of process thermoforming experience to Modern. In his new role Dan will be responsible for managing key projects from award through installation, and will be a valuable asset interfacing with our clients.
Fast forward to the present, about 20 miles away from Beaverton, at Mid Michigan Community College in Harrison, where Steven Fosgard runs the plastics technology program, which is about to graduate its first class of students in May. He was hired in 2013 to design the program with seed money from a highly coveted $714,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
Fosgard worked in injection molding and quality assurance before getting into education. He turned to the plastics businesses in the area for input about the certificate and associate-degree programs to be offered and three businesses in particular about equipment.
“Even though we teach all of the major processes, our focus is thermoforming,” Fosgard said. “We have a very unique machine. It is the only one in existence and the only one that will ever be in existence. It was built by all three machine manufacturers of Beaverton for our students. It was a collaboration of Modern Machinery, Brown Machine and Lyle Industries.”
Modern Machinery is pleased to announce we’ve hired a new Sales Rep for the Eastern Canadian region. Mr. Paul Aucoin is joining our Sales & Customer Service team. Paul brings more than 25 years of experience in the plastics industry to Modern, and is well versed in both materials and processing. He’s an active member of several plastic associations including SPE Quebec, FEPAC and the Canadian Plastic Industry Association. Paul will be the key contact representative for Modern Machinery in Eastern Ontario, the province of Quebec & the Maritimes. Paul’s ability to speak both French & English allows him to communicate efficiently with employees at our customer’s facilities across eastern Canada.