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Since joining Thogus Products Company in 1997, Matt Hlavin has been the driving force behind the company’s growth and vision. He redefined the third-generation family business model from a sleepy family plastic injection molding/job shop into an advanced manufacturing company. Matt strategically positioned Thogus as a specialty solutions manufacturer in 1997 when the injection molding company decided to move away from the automotive industry and fire its automotive clients which represented 56% of their business. He and his team took this opportunity to identify new markets, applications, technologies, and materials companies who needed a domestic manufacturing partner to create unique engineered solutions. Matt was named President of Thogus in December 2008, right as the economy was headed into the most significant recession of this century. In 2009, he again set out to reinvent Thogus. As a student of life and learning from prior business cycle change, he knew that his company needed to be agile and willing to adapt. In order for Thogus to be a sustainable American manufacturing company, a business model had to be created that provided value to the customers in ways the market had not experienced. The strategy shifted from a transactional business model to the creation of an engineering services business. This new service would provide engineering expertise in manufacturing plastic products from initial concept through finished product. Thogus partnered with universities, community colleges, joint vocational schools/trade schools and high schools regionally and across the nation to identify and hire top notch talent. Thogus had zero engineers when Matt became President in 2008 and today there are over 30 engineers on staff. Since 2009, Matt has started three new companies: rp+m (rapid prototype + manufacturing), RPT (Radiation Protection Technologies) & JALEX Medical. rp+m is an additive manufacturing (3D printing) company focused on developing new materials and processes to evolve 3D printing from a rapid prototyping process into a production process for advanced manufacturing.