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  • Noblesville Entrepreneur wins National Competition

    INDIANAPOLIS— Philip Paull, of Noblesville, Ind., owner of Excavating Solutions, won the Hurco Chipmaker Challenge Championship at the International Man...Read more  >>Tags:

    Hurco's Chipmaker Challenge National Contest

    INDIANAPOLIS— Philip Paull, of Noblesville, Ind., owner of Excavating Solutions, won the Hurco Chipmaker Challenge Championship at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Ill., Sept. 9. The prize package Paull won includes a brand new Hurco CNC mill worth over $100,000, a tooling package from Sandvik Coromant, and $10,000 of Hurco bucks that can be used for training or machine options.

    A lifelong excavator, Paull started his new business out of necessity when the housing market crashed in 2008. With idle equipment sitting in his lot and very little work scheduled, he knew he had to reinvent himself. That’s when he dedicated himself to developing technology that would make the process of excavating more efficient.

    The result was the IDigBest, a control system for excavating equipment that was designed and built by excavators for excavators. “The system is visually appealing and loaded with one-touch convenient functions to tackle any project. The hook is providing an operator the confidence and ability to pull grade, perfectly whenever it is required . ..the most seasoned pro knows with one touch that he has left the perfect ditch and a newer operator can focus on managing the dig, loading trucks all the while knowing when it comes to the most critical phase, he will perform at the flip of a switch,” explained Paull.

    The Chipmaker Challenge, which was loosely modeled after the television show Shark Tank, began in July with an application period that was open to startups and companies that had been in business five years or less. Paull was one of seven finalists whose application earned him a chance to compete at championship held at the IMTS Hurco booth. The finalists pitched their business plan to the panel of judges and answered their questions. There were four judges at the event who evaluated the finalists and the fifth judge was the online vote. Online voting started Aug. 30 and ended Sept 8 via and Facebook. More than 10,000 votes were cast with the winner of the online vote being Jason Merrell of Wolf pack Motorsports in California. Wolfpack is an off-road racing team that began manufacturing parts for these vehicles and parts to retrofit the vehicles for disabled veterans.

    However, the online vote wasn’t enough to earn Wolfpack the title of Chipmaker Challenge Champion. The judges provided their first, second, and third place picks, and each one was given 25, 10, and 5 points respectively. The other finalists were Jordan Hill, Middle Coast Custom, in Wisconsin; Wade Moore, Moore Engineering in Connecticut; Ben Noordhoek, On Time Machining, in Michigan; Richard O'Neal, Zel Technologies, in Florida; Philip Paull, Excavating Solutions, LLC., in Indiana; Dakota Sodergren, DKS Machining, in Washington; and the aforementioned Jason Merrell, Wolfpack Motorsports, Inc., in California;.

    “Hurco sponsored the Chipmaker Challenge to bring attention to manufacturing entrepreneurs, and we also thought this idea of ‘reality TV meets CNC’ might resonate with young people,” said Maggie Smith, Marketing Director of Hurco Companies.

    “We are very appreciative of all of the participants who took the time to finish the rigorous application process. We based the initial application and essay guidelines on business planning basics in hopes it would benefit the applicants in their entrepreneurial ventures even if they didn’t make it to the championship in Chicago. Additionally, we are thankful we had such a uniquely qualified panel of judges to help us [Art Haase, of Vincennes University; Robbie Buhl, former IndyCar driver and team owner, and founder of Racing for Kids; Jim Hubbard, SCORE consultant from Valparaiso, Ind.; Eric Zaluski, owner of ProspectTrax; and advisory judge Gabe Draper, owner of Draper Manufacturing.] All of our judges dedicated an immense amount of time reviewing the applications and preparing for the live event in Chicago.” continued Smith.

    To read and watch the finalists’ essay, go to

    Philip Paul - Hurco Chipmaker Challenge Winner

    Philip Paull, of Noblesville, Ind., owner of Excavating Solutions won a Hurco VMX42i CNC mill at the Chipmaker Challenge Championship that was held at the Hurco IMTS booth in Chicago September 9.
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    Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hurco manufactures sophisticated, yet shop floor friendly machine tools designed for virtually any application and budget. The flagship VMX Series is a production-oriented line of mills designed for speed while the high performance TMX Series is its counterpart in the lathe category. The popular VM Series of mills and the TM Series of lathes combine small footprints with huge work cubes and best-in-class features. The U Series and SR Series feature application machines with 5-axis technology. The TMM Series includes lathes equipped with live tooling for multi-tasking. Each machining center and turning center from Hurco includes the integrated Hurco control with WinMax® which has multiple programming methods and is the most efficient way for machine shops to increase productivity.
    Published: 9/10/2014 |  3:51 PM