AMBA Announces Mold Builder and Chapter of the Year Award Recipients

The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Rolling Meadows, IL, proudly presented Steve Rotman, Ameritech Die & Mold, with the 2013 Mold Builder of the Year Award during the AMBA’s Annual Convention, April 24-26 in Schaumburg, IL.

The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Rolling Meadows, IL, proudly presented Steve Rotman, Ameritech Die & Mold, with the 2013 Mold Builder of the Year Award during the AMBA’s Annual Convention, April 24-26 in Schaumburg, IL. The Chapter of the Year (COTY) 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.

The 2013 Mold Builder of the Year was awarded to Steve Rotman, president of Ameritech Die & Mold Inc., Mooresville, NC. Presenting the award, AMBA President Todd Finley, Commercial Tool & Die, cited Rotman’s long commitment to the industry, the AMBA and to the development of the Apprenticeship 2000 program in North Carolina – a cutting-edge program that brings the education community, parents and employers together. Serving on the AMBA Board of Directors since 2000 (and AMBA President from 2008 – 2010), many notable accomplishments were cited, including the inception of the AMBA’s Fall Conference in Washington D.C., where members were given the opportunity to talk to Legislators from their own states about issues that were important to the mold building industry. Rotman also met with the Obama administration during the automobile crisis and represented the interests of the AMBA membership.

AMBA’s West Michigan Chapter was commended for its promotion of education through strong scholarship programs – awarding $8,000 in scholarships to talented students in 2012 and $15,000 in 2013. Working to support AMBA membership, the chapter’s quarterly meetings provide numerous resources to grow their operations. West Michigan’s efforts to support the mold building trade within Michigan, where the highest concentration of tool and die companies reside, was also noted. Many West Michigan chapter members regularly meet with Congress and Representatives to keep them informed of the needs of the industry. Members also work with educators to inform them of the great working environments and high-paying careers available within the technologically advanced industry.