Nominate a Champion – Educational Outreach Contest Launched

2019-AMBA-Educational-Outreach-Award LogoAMBA recently launched the fourth annual Educational Outreach Contest in celebration of manufacturers who work to engage young people in the manufacturing industry. On Manufacturing Day 2019 (October 4), AMBA will recognize three member company champions with the 2019 Educational Outreach Award in recognition of their efforts over the last year (since October 6, 2018). Three scholarships will be awarded – in the amounts of $1,000, $750 and $500 – to the program of the winners’ choice. These champions’ efforts are helping to close the skills gap and mitigate workforce development issues in their respective communities. For contest details or to submit a nomination, visit Deadline is Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

AMBA Awards $70,000 in AMMA Grants

On August 22, 2019, the AMBA awarded nearly $70,000 to the 2019 recipients of the American Mold Manufacturing Advancement Grant (AMMA Grant). Developed by the AMBA and first launched in 2017, the AMMA Grant invests in the advancement of the mold building industry by supporting programs and projects that fall within three primary areas: training, advocacy/industry promotion, and research and development. To date, AMBA has awarded $210,000 in grant funding in support of members’ workforce development efforts.

Funds awarded this year will support students at all grade levels with a variety of programs, including job shadowing, competitions that encourage interest in apprenticeship programs, the integration of structured curriculum specific to the skills trade industry, technical training, CNC software, robust CTE (career and technical education) programs, robotics kits, Manufacturing Day activities and more.

Grant recipients this year include the following AMBA members: TK Mold & Engineering, Inc. (Romeo, Michigan); Westminster Tool, Inc. (Plainfield, Connecticut); Wepco Plastics (Middlefield, Connecticut); Snider Mold Company, Inc. (Mequon, Wisconsin); Prodigy Mold & Tool, Inc. (Haubstadt, Indiana); Precision Mold & Machining Services, Inc. (Warren, Michigan); M.R. Mold & Engineering Corporation (Brea, California); Legacy Precision Molds, Inc. (Grandville, Michigan); Creative Blow Mold Tooling (Lee’s Summit, Missouri); Century Die Company (Fremont, Ohio); and Armin Tool & Manufacturing Company (South Elgin, Illinois). Congratulations to all 2019 AMMA Grant recipients!

Expand What You Know During AMBA Webinars

Address Challenges during AMBA Peer Networking
Sept. 11, 2019

Join other AMBA members during AMBA’s Peer Networking sessions, where senior leaders and human resources professionals have the opportunity to share their challenges, discuss potential solutions and pool available resources. Peer networking sessions take place via conference call and are free for members. Visit to register.

Implementing Additive Manufacturing
Oct. 8, 2019

During this webinar, Jon Carlson of GF Machining will explain the process of additive manufacturing and the features and benefits it offers the mold and die market. Attendees also will learn how other mold builders are implementing the technology and how it continues to develop in the marketplace. This AMBA webinar is free for members. Visit to register.

Event Approaching: Operation Homefront Golf Scramble

Sept. 13, 2019 | 11:00 a.m.

Alliance Alliance-Specialties-Laser-Sales-GolfDon’t miss the annual Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales Golf Scramble. As in past years, the event will be held at the Countryside Golf Course (Mundelein, Illinois), followed by awards and dinner at Lindy’s Landing (Wauconda, Illinois). Funds raised through the event will benefit Operation Homefront, whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. To learn more and register, visit

Emerging Leaders Workshop: Leading from Within

October 15, 2019 | 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Indianapolis, Indiana

Join other AMBA young professionals during this half-day workshop for the AMBA Emerging Leaders group, where under-40 AMBA members will participate in the Predictive Index (PI) Behavioral Assessment, a tool that measures a person’s motivating drives and needs. During this event, Heather Haas of Advisa USA will provide personalized coaching, measuring and diagnosing opportunities for performance improvement and leadership development for each attendee at the individual, team and organizational level.  Participants will walk away with an increased self-awareness and confidence that will allow them to optimize their strengths in the workplace and leadership ability. Register today at

Annual Wage and Benefits Survey Launched

AMBA has launched its annual Wage and Benefits Survey. This survey collects and analyzes information on more than 50 job functions commonly found in mold building operations. The report generated from this survey is available at no cost to all participants. The survey will close on Friday, November 1, 2019. To complete the report (and receive a free copy), visit


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