Two Women Capture SPE 2019 Moldmaker and Mold Designer of the Year Honors

SPE’s Mold Technologies Division to present the awards at Amerimold on June 13.


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The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Mold Technologies Division has, for the first time, named women as recipients of its Mold Maker and Mold Designer of the Year awards. A formal presentation of the awards will be made at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the Mold Technologies Division’s booth.


2019 Moldmaker of the Year award: Francine Petrucci, President, B A Die Mold Inc.

Francine Petrucci is a well-respected person in the field of moldmaking, and her time spent promoting and enhancing moldmaking through the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) Chicago Chapter board of directors and its Education Committee (which she established while Chair of the Chapter) is unrivaled in the Chicago area. A degreed engineer who graduated Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University, Petrucci actively promotes the trade to high school students, educators and parents, and has helped to make the Chicago Chapter the best in the country. Petrucci is the first woman to receive this prestigious award.


2019 Mold Designer of the Year award: Brenda Clark, Engineering Manager, HASCO America Inc.

Brenda Clark has held many important positions at HASCO and has been designing and building plastic injection molds for more than 38 years. Brenda is a mold designer by trade with a degree for Machine Design in Mechanical Technology from Hartford State Technical College. She is also past Division Chair 2017-2018 and currently a board member of the SPE Mold Technologies Division. Brenda has authored a great number of specialized technical articles and presentations on current mold design practices and has presented this information at several venues across the United States.

“This is truly an historic occasion,” Renee Nehls, current Chair of the Mold Technologies Division and the 2017 recipient of the Mold Designer of the Year award. “Never before have we had a woman named Moldmaker of the Year; and to have women receiving both awards is particularly momentous. It shows that women are becoming a force in the industry.”