From the Sanskrit word for sharpening stone, the word paragon means a model of excellence, and we aim to embody this definition in everything we do. The company name originates from my great-grandfather's business, which began making Paragon Propellers in 1910. His firm supplied 70% of the allied forces' propellers during WWI.
—Taber MacCallum CEO
A model of excellence
Paragon is the premier provider of environmental controls for extreme and hazardous environments. We design, build, test and operate premier life support systems and leading thermal control products for astronauts, contaminated water divers, and other extreme environment explorers, as well as for unmanned space and terrestrial applications. Our capabilities include:
Environmental Control and Life Support System products, analysis and design
Thermal Control products, analysis and design
Aerospace tubing design, layout and manufacturing
Engineering: ECLSS, thermal, CFD, systems, human factors
Applied Research and Development
Environmental Control System Testing
Since 2008, Paragon has been ranked in Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 5000”, a list of America’s fastest growing companies. In 2011, the Company was ranked #36 in the engineering industry. Paragon is a hard charging company with an adventuresome spirit that was formed in 1993 by Biospherians and Space scientists and engineers who wanted to change the future by creating life support that would allow humans to expand beyond their limits. Paragon “Firsts” include:
The first commercial experiment on ISS
The first animals in space to perform complete life-cycles
The first automated heliostat for use in a public building
Paragon crafted a Vision, Mission and Touchstones in our early days that have stood the test of time. These guiding principles are often referred to in our decision making on strategic and tactical issues and therefore imbued in our culture. They have provided a foundation for Paragon – a life code.
Paragon’s value proposition is to provide its customers with a superior product based on our persistent innovation and attention to the customer needs.