Like many manufacturers around the country, AMBA members are investing in Manufacturing Day activities to advance awareness of the mold manufacturing industry, its capabilities and the career opportunities for the next generation. 

Below are examples of connections made and activities shared by AMBA members in 2021. 


AJ Tool & Manufacturing 

The AJ Tool team took advantage of the time of year to attend the Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology show, giving them an opportunity to enjoy lunch and bond with one another offsite. Both management and employees were able to engage in networking with colleagues, as well as meet with representatives from local trade schools and discuss "new recruits" - the number one priority on every business owners' list.

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Kruse Training

Kruse Training hosts a monthly webinar series focusing on various aspects of injection molding. This month's webinar topic featured the Polymer Flow During Packing. Topics in this webinar included how to modify filling-to-packing switch-over points and packing profiles and also how to understand the predominant packing flow path. Torsten Kruse showed how to evaluate tracer results, melt core, packing pressures and clamp tonnages, as well as volumetric shrinkage development. 

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M.R. Mold and Engineering

M.R. Mold, Brea, CA, hosted 100 Brea Olinda high school and junior high students at its facility for MFG Day. The students took a shop tour with explanations given of each machine and its purpose in the moldmaking process. With so much interest in engineering today, the students received a quick lesson on how it all begins. A special segment on 3D metal printing provided the students with an understanding on how this process will save the company's customers weeks when prototyping. In the assembly area, the students saw how the puzzle of a mold comes together. Moving to the Tech Center, they were able to see how the mold produced physical parts. 

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PCS Company

In 2021, PCS Company participated in the 2021 MFG day as a host site. MFG Day helps showcase the appeal of modern manufacturing careers and encourages thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to teach students, parents, teachers and community leaders about all the inner workings of the industry. MFG Day also empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

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Progressive Components

Progressive Components launched its “Tooling For Tomorrow” program in 2002 to assist the U.S. mold building industry. To date, over $450,000 of monetary and product donations have been provided to qualified recipients. A list of schools that have a mold building curriculum is maintained in Pro’s CRM system, and a mailout to them occurs periodically throughout each year. Those heading up the school’s mold related program are asked for any needs they may have. Along with monetary donations to be put towards perishable tooling, Rapid Tooling Inserts are provided for prototype mold building, along with various Ejector Pins, Alignment Locks, UniLifters, CamActions, etc.

Shown here is the class from Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD. After receiving Progressive’s donation earlier in the year, the group sent this photo of them enjoying their year-end meal together.

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Vincent Tool

Vincent Tool recently attended The Manufacturing Experience at the Chippewa Valley Technical College, in Eau Claire, WI. The event was two-fold: the first part of the day was for employers to interact with current technical college students about employment opportunities, while the latter half was open to the public with the intent to expose high school students and younger to the careers in the manufacturing field. Vincent Tool was happy to participate in an event to engage young students and show them how many endless opportunities there are in the manufacturing field. 

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Wepco Plastics, Inc.

Wepco Plastics, Inc. proudly presented Connecticut River Academy, East Hartford, CT with the Trailblazer STEAM Grant during its Manufacturing Day event 2021, October 28, Middlefield, CT. The grand award of $5,000 was sponsored by Progressive Components through a sponsorship with the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA). Wepco Plastics decided upon a recipient through a contest in which educational institutions and nonprofit organizations submitted applications detailing their respective needs for educational funding.

Additionally, the company also hosted a "Made in CT" Happy Hour. Customers, vendors and the community were invited to tour the family-run plant and participate in a Community and Colleague Happy Hour, during which attendees celebrated Connecticut manufacturing with local eats and beverages. 

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1. Westfall Technik, Twin Cities East, (New Richmond WI): The company hosted guest Jackie Schwartz, Career Planner for the Workforce Resource center within the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The Workforce Resource division manages the regions Job Training Partnership for the state of WI and provides job coaching and employment opportunities for residents of a nine-county region. A follow up to MFG day will be on Wednesday October 6th when the company will be interviewed by the local newspaper, The River Falls Journal. The newspaper plans to feature the company in an article on how the employees celebrated MFG day and the company's continued employment commitment to the New Richmond WI area with manufacturing jobs. 

2. Westfall Technik, Twin Cities, (Willernie, MN): This location hosted Saint Paul College, including a school instructor and students. Tours were provided through the facility and the attendees learned about roles within the plant and what each department does. The students witnessed examples of the injection mold process and answered general question about manufacturing. A representative from the local newspaper, The White Bear Press, participated in the tour, took many photos and will feature an article on how the company is fostering new talent for the manufacturing world while highlighting how this company location has been a custom injection mold manufacturer in Willernie, MN, since 1964.

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