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. 

To view eligibility requirements and nominate a member, click here.

Learn About the 2021 Mold Builder of the Year, Ray Coombs

Ray Coombs has been a leader and mentor in the mold manufacturing industry for nearly 25 years. After starting his business out of his home, in 1999 he opened his own full-scale facility where he advanced from building tool components to complete plastic injection mold systems. Sixteen employees and seven years later, the company moved to its current facility, adding capabilities such as in-house tool validation, tool sampling and low-volume part production. Today, 35+ employees strong, Westminster Tool has embraced its role as a leader in the industry, leading an internal culture transformation to address the pressing skills gap in 2013 and in 2020, investing considerable funds in updating, replacing and expanding equipment across the shop, thereby increasing capacity and freeing up more machines to allow for training and cross training. Additionally, Coombs has also been a long-time advocate in Eastern Connecticut and continually invests back in the community through projects like the local Makerspace program in elementary schools and the joint-development of the Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative.  

Click here to read the full press release. Visit here to review a list of past Mold Builder of the Year Award recipients.