FUN FRIDAY: Classic Cars, Cuisine and Camaraderie, Chicago AMBA Style!

Highlights from the latest dinner meeting of the Chicago Chapter of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA).


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Despite a stormy start to the day, the clouds cleared enough to enable the Chicago Chapter of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) to hold its annual Unique Car Show and BBQ dinner meeting at Medinah Banquets in Addison, IL.

Several “gear-head” moldmaker members participated by bringing a prized classic car, customized and late model vehicles to enjoy a cocktail hour sponsored by Boride Engineered Abrasives and share their common love of an all-American pastime – cool cars. 

Today’s blog brings readers some fun highlights from the event via a slide show of the vehicles on display.  


Education Committee Update

The car show was followed by a classic BBQ dinner and a chapter meeting led by AMBA Chicago Chair Chuck Klingler of Janler Corp., who gave an update on the Education Committee’s activities. 

Klingler let everyone know that Chicago members were welcome to participate in the second strategic planning session of the Education Committee to be held on Friday, August 16, from 8 a.m. to noon at TopSolid/Missler Software in Lombard, Illinois. At that meeting, the committee will work to prioritize goals set at its first session in March. The goals are as follows:

  1. Marketing of mold manufacturing careers
  2. Education Committee Issues, such as 501(c)6, development of one-year, 2-10 year plan
  3. Education: Apprentice career path, community engagement, working with the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) to develop a customized training program for moldmaking, and more.


Klingler also announced that, so far, the Education Committee has awarded more than $12,000 in Tools for Schools grant funds, and there are still funds available in 2019 if anyone knows of a Chicago area program that can use some financial assistance. Applications are available at MoldYourCareer.org. In association with grant awards, members are needed to visit schools that benefit by the Tools for Schools program and make a short presentation about moldmaking as a viable career option using AMBA chapter-supplied videos and a PowerPoint presentation.