The AMBA Mold Builder of the Year Award was instituted to recognize outstanding contributions made by an AMBA member. Recipients of this prestigious award are outstanding business leaders dedicated to the mold building industry and are active members of the AMBA.
Each year, the AMBA Mold Builder of the Year Award is announced during the AMBA Conference, is promoted in national industry publications (including AMBA's The Amercian Mold Builder magazine) and posted on the AMBA website.
The award recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship grant, sponsored by Progressive Components, to be donated to the industry-related educational program of his/her choice.
Rick Finnie, founder of MR Mold & Engineering Corp, has been named as AMBA’s 2019 Mold Builder of the Year. Finnie’s philosophies, achievements and reputation, gained during his 40-plus years in the industry, have earned him this recognition.
As a teenager, Rick Finnie worked in his father’s tool and cutter grinding business and following that experience, he was employed by a moldmaker for eight years. When he opened MR Mold in 1985 in Brea, California, the company covered a mere 1,500 square feet of space, with a couple of used machines and one employee. Fast forward to 2019, and Finnie’s operation now occupies 16,500 square feet, employs 30 and houses five state-of-the-art molding machines.
MR Mold has grown to be a leader in the design and manufacture of liquid silicone rubber, gum stock silicone and plastic injection molds. Finnie’s company specializes in silicone injection molds that involve complex geometries, and it also produces micro molds, overmolds and insert molds. While many of Finnie’s molds are used for medical applications, MR Mold also serves the dental, aerospace, automotive and consumer products industries.