Paragon Medical Inducted into Kosciusko County Entrepreneur and Innovation Hall of Fame
Pierceton, IN Nov 9, 2011 – Pierceton based Paragon Medical and its Founder and CEO Tobias Buck were inducted into the Kosciusko County Entrepreneur and Innovation Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 8th in Warsaw, Indiana. As a member of only the second Hall of Fame class, Paragon was among six businesses chosen from orthopaedics, agriculture, recreational-boat, manufacturing and retail industries.
The award honors both the company as a whole and the key entrepreneur behind its success. According to the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation (KEDCo), who sponsors the award, it was created to not only recognize entrepreneurial organizations in the community but also to reinforce the pride of employees and citizens in the success of the local business environment and position Kosciusko County for a growing and vital economic future.
Paragon Medical began as a vision in 1991 to become the total delivery solution to the worldwide market, providing custom surgical instruments and implantable components as well as polymer, metal and hybrid case and tray delivery systems, with all the design and manufacturing support capabilities integrated into one campus.
With only a little over 20 years in business, Paragon has become a leading tier 1, turnkey supplier of world-class solutions to the medical device marketplace. The company has grown from a start-up business with only a handful of employees to a global company approaching 1,000 employees and multiple manufacturing locations in three countries.
“Paragon Medical has a culture that reflects Toby’s personality and beliefs”, commented Sheryl Conley, OrthoWorx CEO in her introductory comments for Buck’s award at the induction ceremony. “That it’s about quality and relationships, working together for a common good. Paragon has brought world-class technology in design, manufacturing and quality to their business. But anyone who knows Toby will tell you Paragon is a people business, because Toby is about making, building and keeping relationships that stand the test of time.”
Daniel Owens, Paragon Medical’s Worldwide Director of New Product Introduction and Engineering, who has also been with the company since the beginning, accepted the award on behalf of the company. Tobias Buck, Paragon’s Chairman and CEO accepted the award on his own behalf.