My name is Phillip Messing. I was born and raised in Deckerville, Michigan in 1991. I grew up on a family farm and learned the meaning of hard work at a young age. I was first drawn to metalcasting when I was still in high school. My older brother Matthew was heavily involved in a group called the American Foundry Society - Saginaw Valley State University Student Chapter. When Dr. Tuttle was still teaching at SVSU, he would hold open foundries that Matthew would invite the family to attend. The experience left me craving to be a part of this group when I first started college in 2011. By the time I was to graduate in December of 2015, I was President of the Student Chapter, oversaw the group submission for the casting competition, got my first exposure to 3D sand mold printing, and was an undergraduate research assistant helping Dr. Tuttle pour steel, manage the sand system, turn tensile bars, heat treating, pull tensile bars, and examine metallurgical samples. I was introduced to Aristo-Cast when I was looking for a job after college. Not even a day after I submitted my resume, Jack Ziemba, CEO of Aristo-Cast, called me during my Senior Symposium for my Capstone Project and wanted me there the next day for an interview. When I took a tour of the two facilities, I was blown away by their capabilities. A few days later, I was hired, and I have worked for them for over 6 years now. My current responsibilities are gating design, prototype and production quoting, research and development, and helping manage day-to-day operations. And I still take the time to go out on the shop floor and get my hands dirty.