Paragon Machine Works was founded in 1983 in Marin County, California, by owner Mark Norstad, in the basement of his parent's house with one manually operated lathe and mill. It has since grown into a thriving machine shop, occupying a 6,000 square foot building in Richmond, California with twelve full-time employees. Paragon Machine Works manufactures and stocks the largest variety of titanium bicycle frame building components in the world. We are a leader in bicycle frame building technology, constantly innovating and providing new products to meet the demand of bike builders. Paragon Machine Works prides itself on providing personalized service and superior products. We have design development and high volume manufacturing capabilities, offer competitive pricing, and guarantee customer satisfaction.
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Bicycling Advocacy Groups
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Giving Back Campaign
Paragon Machine Works donates 100% of all proceeds from the sale of our bottle openers and promotional items to organizations that promote bicycle safety, advocacy, and community. To read about the current beneficiary and amounts donated, please see our home page.
We are proud of our knowledgeable and dedicated staff. We are committed to providing living wages, benefits, and a friendly work environment. Our staff is the reason we’re able to provide high quality products and excellent customer service.
Mark Norstad: Company Founder and Owner
Mark's passion for machine work started in a high school machine shop class. He continued his professional development by completing an Associate of Arts Degree in Machine Metals Technology from College of Marin, California in 1979. Being an avid rider, it was only natural that his first production job was making dropouts for Trailmaster Bikes. Paragon Machine Works is now known for being the premier provider of precision bicycle components. Mark's skills have been refined over the years by completing complex design and manufacturing products for makers of bicycle frames, heavy off-road vehicles, process and alternative energy equipment. He credits his success to over twenty-five years of manufacturing experience, his passion for metal working, and a dedicated and knowledgeable staff.
Daniel Borman, Machinist
Daniel graduated with an AS Degree from the Laney College Machine Technology Program in 2013. He appreciates the opportunity that machining gives him to work with his hands and brain. He is a former bike messenger who has enjoyed cycling from alley cats and road riding, to cyclocross and the velodrome. When not at work or on his bike, Daniel stays busy touring the world with his band and practicing Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Joey Camello, Machine Operator
Joey learned our shop from the ground up as our Shop Assistant before moving on to become a Machine Operator. He has extensive experience in the print industry, does freelance graphic design for bands/record labels, runs his own record label, and is a musician. He enjoys seeing the full cycle of raw materials coming off the truck to finished products going out the door.
Karen Donaghy, Bookkeeper
Karen has been doing our book keeping since our invoices were created on a typewriter. She does payroll, pays the bills, prepares our tax information and generally keeps an eye on our financial health. We feel fortunate to have her support and dedication. When she’s not at Paragon she enjoys working as a dental assistant.
Shipping Department Manager
Rebecca makes sure that our shipping department runs smoothly and efficiently. She has many responsibilities at Paragon Machine Works including customer relations, processing orders, inventory management, and production oversight. Rebecca's work ethic, organizational skills, and previous experience managing the Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative in Berkeley, CA, make her an ideal fit for this job.
Outside of work Rebecca and her husband enjoy riding bikes and are committed to philanthropic work. They coach and fundraise for the NORCAL High School Mountain Bike League, and help run a bicycle project to benefit impoverished people in Cambodia through Groundwork Opportunities.
Tyler Larsen, Machinist
Tyler likes to make stuff," especially bike stuff for cool bike companies and builders I hold in high regard". This, along with his strong work ethic, six years of bike shop experience, and ability to integrate information and learn quickly make him a valuable member of our team. Tyler hails from Wyoming but is happily integrated into the Bay Area. Outside of work he is learning to play the drums, and enjoys cross racing and going to Emmy's Spaghetti Shack with his girlfriend.
Luis Lopez, Machinist
Luis graduated from Laney College with a degree in Machine Technology. He is a hard worker who likes to learn new skills and create things. He is continuing his education by taking CAD classes at Laney College. He is using these skills to help design and program new products, and create downloadable 3D models and drawings of existing products for our website. When he's not at work he enjoys bicycle riding and touring, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Joe Peterson, Machinist
Joe’s previous experience as a professional mountain biker, bike mechanic, and math and science teacher, and his attention to detail makes him an excellent programmer and machinist. His specialty is turning center work and he fabricates most of our headtubes. Joe enjoys taking concepts and “turning them into beautiful parts”, and he really likes riding his bike in the dirt.
John Pytlak, Machinist
John did mechanical work in his parents' apple orchard, and got his Auto Mechanic's Certificate from the State University of New York at Canton. He's happy to be at Paragon using the mechanical side of his brain. John has a number of interests outside of work that include competitive sailing, brewing beer, cooking, and fostering bull terrier dogs with his wife.
Franco Romano, Machinist
Franco came to PMW with extensive machining and management experience. Franco’s expertise as a programmer and machinist makes him a valuable staff resource and member of our team. He excels at lathe work but has shifted his focus to our milling machines to expand his skill set. Franco also acts as our OSHA compliance officer, helping to minimize hazards and promote safety through staff education. In his free time Franco does ultra-distance bike rides.
Rory Earnshaw, Photographer
Rory is the man behind all the beautiful product photos that are on our site. Born in London, he has had a camera in his hands since he was a toddler. He was an accomplished photographer by the age of 12 and attended a prestigious photo school in Edinburgh, graduating in 1985. Rory's philosophy is to shoot well, to shoot often, and to deliver what the client wants on time and on budget. He's certainly done that for us, and he's a joy to work with. Today Rory shoots corporate annual reports, table-top fine art, corporate/music industry portraits, product, packaging, lifestyle, editorial, music CD's, as well as fine art landscapes. Rory brings a great sense of style, professionalism, and love of photography to every project that he does. For more information visit his website, Rory Earnshaw Photography.