Last week we featured a blog post by guest author Benn Lamm focusing on how to look for American made products. He offered several great tips on how to determine where a product was made while you're looking for American-made products this holiday season.
“If you want to achieve your dreams you have to believe in yourself and work hard every day to achieve them. If it were easy, everyone would do it”, Matt Baranoski, Olympic Cyclist
Recently I had the honor of interviewing Matt Baranoski, a world class cyclist named to the U.S. Olympic track cycling team in March and the son of Mike Baranoski, a Design Engineer at The Rodon Group. With the Summer Games in Rio coming up in just a few months, I’m grateful that Matt was able to take some time out of his busy schedule to speak to me. You can read our conversation below.
(Photo source: Bryn Lennon- http://www.teamusa.org/)
How and when did you get started in cycling?
My older brother wasn’t interested in baseball or football, so on a whim, my parents decided to give track cycling a try. We raced around the velodrome cycling track in Trexlertown, PA where they had free classes. I’ve been racing there ever since and the now “Valley Preferred Cycling Center” is my home away from home. I got my start on the track at 6 and at 12 I competed in my first national race and becoming the Junior National Champion. At that point, I decided to focus on cycling. I still train there and have the opportunity to meet with the younger cyclists while I’m there.
“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” — Aristotle
In honor of Memorial Day today, we'd like to share a meaningful infographic from the U.S. Air Force- Honor the Fallen. Please take a moment to honor and remember the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country.
A day of service is a fitting tribute to one of the most influential people of the 20th century, Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s legacy will surely live on for centuries to come. He showed the world how to lead by example and with tremendous grace.
The Greater Philadelphia region is home to the largest King Day event in the nation. This 21st celebration will include community clean-up projects, recreation center restorations, clothing drives, food donation packing and distribution, a job fair and workshop opportunities. The city’s cultural and historical institutions are planning special discounted rates along with tributes to Dr. King.
There are many people that contribute to the success of our business. First, there are the employees who come to work every day to give their best. Some work in manufacturing making the finest injection molded products available. Others use their engineering skills to create innovative part designs. And the craftsmen, our tool makers, build precision and quality with hardened steel. Of course we can’t forget our support staff, the folks that keep the plant going, keep our customers happy, our quality standards high and make sure inventory is on hand and ships on demand.
Being the subject of a Google Doodle is noteworthy, but Dr. Sally Ride’s posthumous achievements are the true sign of a great pioneer. She received her doctorate in Physics from Stanford and went on to become the youngest and first female U.S. Astronaut to go into space.