Back when the family company was known as Rocheleau Tool and Die, Nicholas Rocheleau started sweeping the building's floors at age 18 as he pursued his college education in industrial technology at Fitchburg State University.
Rocheleau, 30, said he felt "most impassioned" when around the machines each afternoon.
"Observing them running, and pairing that learning to what I was seeing in the college classrooms made sense to me, and I began developing relationships with the machine assemblers who had 20 and often 30 years of experience in working with the machines," he said in his Rising Stars survey. "The relationships developed, observations made and learning from the classroom enabled me to break into machine maintenance where I was exposed to the basic principles of the equipment in a hands-on way."
Soon Rocheleau was assembling machines and gaining exposure into the industry. Now he is project engineer and assembly department supervisor at Rocheleau Blow Molding Systems, a maker of extrusion blow molding machines, of Fitchburg, Mass.
He was a graduate from the Community Leadership Institute of North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and named to the board of directors for the Society of Plastics Engineers' blow molding division in 2019. In September 2019, he will present at the SPE Annual Blow Molding Conference.
"My ideas and goals have brought me to my most recent major accomplishment of being voted in as a Society of Plastics Engineers blow molding division board member," he said, "and this has opened my mind to many new ventures and connections with other leaders in the industry.