The American Mold Builder

Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is held on the first Friday in October annually, with the event aiming to drive interest in manufacturing careers in middle school and high school students. This year, AMBA members from across the nation participated in the day by providing education for young members of the community, as well as offering networking opportunities and discussions. 

AJ Tool & Manufacturing

The AJ Tool team took advantage of the time of year to attend the Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology show, giving team members 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 owner’s list.

Kruse Training

Kruse Training hosts a monthly webinar series focusing
on various aspects of injection molding. October’s webinar topic featured 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, president, showed how to evaluate tracer results, melt core,
packing pressures and clamp tonnages, as well as volumetric shrinkage development.

M.R. Mold and Engineering

M.R. Mold 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 mold build process. With so much interest in engineering today, the students received a quick lesson on how it all begins. The tour also included a special segment on 3D metal printing, a trip through the assembly area and a tour of the Tech Center.

PCS Company

This year, 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.

Progressive Components

Progressive Components launched its “Tooling for Tomorrow” program in 2002 to assist the US mold building industry. Since then, 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 the company’s CRM system, and a mailout is sent to each school periodically throughout each year. Alongside monetary donations, rapid tooling inserts are provided for prototype mold building, along with various ejector pins, alignment locks, UniLifters, CamActions and more.

Vincent Tool

Vincent Tool recently attended The Manufacturing Experience at Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 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 ages 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.

Wepco Plastics, Inc.

Wepco Plastics, Inc. presented Connecticut River Academy, East Hartford, Connecticut, with the Trailblazer STEAM Grant during its Manufacturing Day event 2021. The award of $5,000 was sponsored by Progressive Components through a sponsorship with the American Mold Builders Association. Additionally, the company hosted a “Made in CT” Happy Hour. Customers, vendors and the community were invited to tour the plant and participate in the event.


Westfall Technik-Wisconsin hosted guest Jackie Schwartz, career planner for the Workforce Resource center within the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The Workforce Resource division manages the region’s Job Training Partnership for the state of Wisconsin and provides job coaching and employment opportunities for residents of a nine-county region. Westfall Technik-Minnesota hosted Saint Paul College for the day. Tours were provided through the facility, and the attendees learned about roles within the plant and what each department does.

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