SPE Honors Steven J. Bales with Posthumous Moldmaker of the Year Award
Steven J. Bales, who was co-founder and President of Bales Mold Service, a leading provider of engineered coatings and finishes for the production tooling industry, was honored posthumously by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Mold Making and Mold Design Division with its esteemed Moldmaker of the Year Award. Steve Bales passed away in November 2009.
Steve was nominated for the award by Glenn Beall, president of Glenn Beall Plastics, Ltd., in Libertyville, IL, and Bob Dealey, president of Dealey’s Mold Engineering in Williams Bay, WI, to honor him for his many contributions to the mold making industry throughout the more than 30 years since Bales Mold Service was established.
Dealey, who along with Beall is a past chairman of the SPE’s Mold Making and Mold Design Division, explained how the award came about. “Glenn and I were discussing who would be a good candidate for this year’s award. I mentioned that Steve had passed away and we both agreed he would have been a great candidate, so we decided to find out if it was still possible to honor him. When we found that his nomination would not be turned away, we contacted the family to ask permission to submit the nomination.