AMBA Mold Builder and Chapter of the Year Award Recipients

The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Rolling Meadows, IL, proudly presented Don Snow, CS Tool Engineering, Inc., Cedar Springs, MI, with the 2014 Mold Builder of the Year Award during the AMBA’s Annual Conference, May 14-16, 2014, in Milwaukee, WI. The Chapter of the Year Award went to AMBA’s West Michigan Chapter.

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The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Rolling Meadows, IL, proudly presented Don Snow, CS Tool Engineering, Inc., Cedar Springs, MI, with the 2014 Mold Builder of the Year Award during the AMBA’s Annual Conference, May 14-16, 2014, in Milwaukee, WI. The Chapter of the Year Award went to AMBA’s West Michigan Chapter. The awards, sponsored by Progressive Components, include a $5,000 endowment to each for continuing education in moldmaking, to be presented to the educational institution of the recipient's choice.

During the awards ceremony, Don Snow was recognized for his long-term commitment to the industry, to the AMBA and to the development of an in-house apprenticeship program, in which he takes an active part in conducting training sessions. Working with Ferris State University, the Kent Career Technical Center, Grand Rapids Community College and the Whitehall Township Tooling Coalition, Snow continues to promote the industry and keep the training facilities aware of the need for skilled workers. He also has worked extensively with the Michigan Economic Development Committee to create more advertising for the tool and die trade on the state’s own website.

AMBA’s West Michigan Chapter was commended for its promotion of education through strong scholarship programs – awarding $15,000 in scholarships to talented students in 2013 and $16,000 in 2014. Chapter members continue to invest in the future by hiring new apprentices, improving their apprenticeship programs and investing in technology.  In the past year, members collectively hired more than 33 new apprentices. Additionally, the chapter recently approved a Tooling for Apprentice’s Program (TAP), which will give current member apprentices the opportunity to apply for a gift card drawing, used exclusively to purchase precision tools that will last a lifetime in the hands of a moldmaker. 

You can visit the AMBA during amerimold on June 11-12 in Novi, Michigan at Booth 433. You can also visit some AMBA member shops as well as other mold manufacturers on the exhibit floor. Be sure to Register Today!

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