Employee Spotlight: Meet Jim Bailey, Master Model Maker

Hi Jim! Nice OG Empire Group shirt!

Hi Jim! Nice OG Empire Group shirt!

Who is Jim Bailey?

When it comes to the product development industry, there is no such thing as "downtime" - there is always something in motion. Whether it's a brainstorming session amongst designers, parts being 3D printed or milled on the CNC machines, or determining the perfect casting materials - it's a busy place to be. You can hear a constant humming of new creations throughout the shop floor. It takes a specific type of hardworking, knowledgeable individual to keep up.

Jim Bailey, Master Model Maker, is the epitome of what it takes to be successful in this fast-paced environment. With 30 years of experience in the model making world, he is our very own mold & casting guru. Jim is proactive in nature, and has the natural ability to see through complex issues to deliver outstanding solutions that exceed client expectations.

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A great shot from one of Jim's favorite spots to fish and enjoy the ocean.

A great shot from one of Jim's favorite spots to fish and enjoy the ocean.

Such success can be attributed to Jim's underlying talents and interests. His love for his family, fishing, and being creative run deep and inspire him daily. A true craftsman at heart, he is passionate about working with his hands and creating.

Jim's career started at a young age working on the assembly line at Hasbro. During this time, he pursued an education in Machine Mechanical Drafting. However, his gears changed once there was an opening in their Model Shop. He took the opportunity to begin model making - and we're sure glad he did. It came very naturally with his artistic background in drawing, painting, and sculpting.

After 15 years at Hasbro, Jim transitioned to the then start-up company, operated out of a garage, known as "Empire Prototype". Fast forward 15 years to a large facility and a name change to "Empire Group" - Jim continues to work side by side with friends made through model making over the years. He is an original member of the Empire Group family and brings a host of skills and experiences that truly help shape the shop.

Learn more about Jim in our Q&A:

Q: How do you like to spend your spare time?

A: Being with my family and fishing.

Q: What do you think is the most interesting thing in the product development world right now?

A: SLA, growing materials.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: A police officer, I even took the test.

Q: What do you wish other people knew about Empire Group?

A: The history of the business, it’s impressive.

Q: Have you had any MacGyver moments?

A: Yes. When concerned over a large piece being molded. Got creative by building a wooden box for the process.

Q: If you were any other mammal, what would you be?

A: Probably a Tiger. I like the colors of them.

Q: What has surprised you most about working at Empire Group?

A: Nothing surprises me here anymore – it’s always expected. I’ve been with most of these guys for 30 years now, we’ve all been together a long time.

Q: What is it like working with mold & casting?

A: VERY fast paced.

Q: How would you describe the mission of Empire Group in your own words?

A: In a word: Perfection.

Contact us today for more information on our Mold & Casting capabilities.