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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 16:10

AMBA Launches New Website

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The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) recently announced the official launch of, a website devoted to the AMBA mission of providing workforce development solutions, networking and benchmarking opportunities and industry promotion for members’ success.  

Complete with refreshed branding, improved usability, clearer navigation and mobile-friendly features, the new AMBA website effectively improves ease-of-use for visitors and allows better access to industry resources, such as the Find a Mold Builder search feature and the Careers in Mold Building section, a primary resource for students, parents and teachers visiting the site.

Other improved features include access to AMBA Skills Certification, a key initiative that allows mold builders and CNC technicians to demonstrate mastery of their craft, as well as robust content areas with recruitment tools for AMBA member companies, publications and benchmarking reports on industry standards and upcoming events like the bi-annual AMBA Leadership Summit (Feb. 27 – March 3, 2019) and the AMBA Conference 2019 (May 8-10, 2019).

“Launching this website reinforces the AMBA’s goals of serving the needs of our membership, while at the same time, addressing key industry challenges, particularly workforce development. It also provides our members (and all visitors) with easier access to information and resources, thereby allowing the AMBA to continue moving our mission forward,” said Kym Conis, AMBA managing director.

The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Indianapolis, IN, proudly presented Joseph Genc, Jr., Graphic Tool Corporation, Itasca, IL, with the 2017 Mold Builder of the Year Award and Westminster Tool, Inc., Plainfield, CT, with the Tooling Trailblazer of the Year Award during the AMBA's Annual Conference, May 10-12, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. 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, Joseph Genc was recognized as a true industry advocate who has dedicated his life-long career in mold building to the education of others and to the advancement of the industry at large. Working with both the AMBA and TMA in creating curriculum, Genc was instrumental in guiding apprentices towards success, and his teaching methodologies are still in use today. Genc’ career in mold building started soon after high school in his father’s tool operation - Actron Tool Company. Upon closing Actron in the late 1990s, Genc worked with a number of leading mold manufacturing operations, including PM Mold, REXAM Mold Manufacturing and finally, Graphic Tool Corp., where he continues today to work as a program manager. Throughout his career, Genc remained steadfast in his passion for teaching apprentices, building curriculum and sharing knowledge with industry peers.

Westminster Tool, Inc., was awarded with the new AMBA Tooling Trailblazer of the Year Award, established to recognize AMBA member accomplishments that have resulted in a notable impact in the area of education. Westminster was recognized for its multi-faceted recruitment efforts, targeting middle school, high school and college students, as well as displaced workers. Programs cited include Westminster Tool Shadow Program, Annual Open House, High School “Mock Interview” Events, “Learn-While-You-Earn” Scholarship Sponsorship, Legislation Advocacy, EAMA Annual Video Challenge, Connecticut Early College Opportunity and more!

Creative Blow Mold Tooling, Vector Tool & Engineering and the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) will co-host two plant tour workshops in the Kansas City, MO area on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

During these AMBA plant tour workshops, attendees will have the opportunity to explore production operations and see how Creative Blow Mold Tooling and Vector Tool & Engineering operate. Attendees will also learn about the efficiencies that give both companies an edge over their competition, as well as engage in cross-talk and networking opportunities. Lunch will be provided, as well as a welcome reception for all attendees on Wednesday evening, March 15, at Boulevard Brewery.

Although the companies are very different in the type of molds they manufacture and the industries they serve, each company has gone above and beyond to create the ultimate customer experience.

Founded in 1984, Creative Blow Mold Tooling, Lee’s Summit, MO, manufactures tooling for many of North America’s top blow molders with a concentration on providing unprecedented value to the customer.

Located in Grandview, MO, Vector Tool & Engineering offers complete engineering and fabrication of injection molds and tooling for safety lighting products for the automotive and heavy-duty truck markets. Vector’s 30,000 sq. ft. facility is equipped with the latest technology in machining to meet customer needs. Vector’s superb versatility and quality-driven mindset allows the company to meet any challenge in producing on-time, Class A production mold tools.

Throughout the year, AMBA hosts several plant tour workshops. “The tours are a unique opportunity for AMBA members to examine another facility,” explained AMBA Managing Director Kym Conis. “Attendees are able to benchmark their own processes, engage in cross-talk with other manufacturing executives and network with industry peers.”

The plant tour workshop is open to members and non-members and is expected to sell out.

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The National office of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Indianapolis, IN, recently announced the recipients of its 2016 Scholarship Awards Program. AMBA’s National Scholarship Program to date has awarded over $263,000 nationally since the program’s inception in 1991. The annual Scholarship Program continues to demonstrate AMBA’s commitment to the industry, education and offering valuable member benefits.

Each year, the AMBA awards scholarships to the employees or dependents of employees of AMBA member companies. The Scholarship Program is designed to help facilitate education in moldmaking in the US.

This scholarship’s priority is to assist students who desire to pursue a career in:

  • Mold design, CAD/CAM programming for machine tools, machine tool skills or moldmaking
  • Plastics industry manufacturing (including plastics engineering, plastic part design or plastics processing technicians)
  • Other related areas of continued training/education.

The 2016 AMBA National Scholarship Program awarded $1,000 to the following recipients (including their respective AMBA member companies):

  • Paxton Corey, attending University of Iowa (M.S.I. Mold Builders)
  • Peter Fritz, attending Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (Pro Mold & Die)
  • Allen Johanson, attending Elgin Community College (Elba Tool Company, Inc.)
  • Cody Smits, attending Ferris State University (CS Tool & Engineering, Inc.)
  • James Worst, attending Grand Rapids Community College (Paragon D&E).

The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) is an organization that has been dedicated exclusively to the US Mold Manufacturing industry for over 40 years. AMBA member companies serve original equipment manufacturers in every industry including automotive, medical, electronics/electrical, toys, recreation and sporting goods, building and construction, lawn and garden, consumer and industrial. AMBA also has members that provide services and/or materials directly related to the mold building industry.

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Monday, 21 March 2016 14:04

2016 Annual AMBA Conference

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The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) raises the bar at the 2016 AMBA Annual Conference, May 11-13, at The Henry Hotel, Dearborn, Michigan. Creating an environment like no other, “Trigger Your Brilliance” is designed specifically for mold manufacturers to learn how to run their businesses more efficiently, effectively and with greater resolve.

From providing leading-edge benchmarks and industry trends to providing operational and financial best practices, this year's conference is set to exceed expectations as mold builders gather from across the country to learn, share and grow. Carefully crafted sessions will focus on best-in-class mold manufacturing strategies, as well as large manufacturers’ tooling expectations, key challenges and opportunities for mold builders.

In addition to an impactful line-up of presentations, attendees will derive valuable takeaways from sharing best practices with industry peers in numerous peer exchange forums, including ignite sessions and functional area roundtable discussions. Ample opportunities to network also have been built into the conference with a Welcome Reception and Supplier Trade Fair on the first night and a ‘Strolling’ Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the historic Henry Ford Museum.

Early bird registration ($100 savings) ends March 31, 2016.

For more information or to register, visit:

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:17

2015 Annual AMBA Conference

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The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) ignites leadership skills at the 2015 “Impact-Influence-Ignite” Annual Conference, May 6-8, at JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN. The stage is set for a record gathering of mold manufacturing executives from across the country to share best practices, learn ways to improve the profitability of their mold building operations and become better leaders, better managers and better organizational contributors.

Carefully crafted programming over the 2-day event has been strategically selected to encourage attendees to reflect on their leadership traits, study their strengths from their current leadership posts and explore how they can better impact their companies and the lives of the people they lead!

This year’s conference will feature several impactful keynote presentations on the power of influence, innovating the customer experience, change management and best practices for operational leadership. “The AMBA has put together dynamic programming that will address challenges faced by today’s mold manufacturing professionals, including staffing, healthcare and succession planning,” stated AMBA Managing Director Kym Conis. “We are very excited about our recruitment session, where attendees will hear from several manufacturing companies who are utilizing out-of-the-box recruitment strategies to build sustainability within their own organizations.”

In addition to a strong line-up of presentations, attendees will derive valuable takeaways from sharing best practices with industry peers in numerous peer exchange forums, including ignite sessions, functional area roundtable discussions, industry management breakouts, the first night welcome reception / supplier trade fair and the coveted Awards Banquet and Ceremony.

For conference details, including programming, pricing, online registration, hotel, exhibiting and more, visit or contact Susan Denzio or Kym Conis at 317.436.3102. Early bird registration ($100 savings) ends March 30, 2015.

Friday, 08 March 2013 10:45

2013 AMBA Annual Convention

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The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Rolling Meadows, IL, recently announced the opening of Early Bird Registration for the 2013 AMBA Annual Convention, April 24-26, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL. This year’s theme, “Push the Boundaries”, challenges attendees to step out of the box and look at their mold building operations from fresh new angles.

According to AMBA Executive Director Troy Nix, “Last year’s convention in Grand Rapids drew record attendance as mold building professionals gathered from across the country to share best practices and learn ways to improve the profitability of their moldmaking operations.” This year’s convention will provide all that and more. From peer-to peer exchange forums, plant tour workshops and dynamic sales and marketing strategies to the latest industry data and metrics from the AMBA 2013 Benchmarking Initiative, attendees will leave energized and motivated to implement change.

Highlights of the 2013 AMBA Convention include a dynamic keynote presentation from Jack Daly on “Building a High-Performance Sales and Sales Management Culture”. Dr. Chris Kuehl with Armada Corporation Intelligence will present his 2013 economic outlook and Laurie Harbour, Harbour Results, Inc., will present “Best-in-Class Mold Building Strategies: an Inside Look” based on more than 150 tool manufacturing assessments over the last two years. New this year, electric Ignite Presentations, where industry peers openly share what they have done to improve their own businesses in short, five-minute sessions, will bring thoughts, ideas and implementable solutions directly to attendees.

Rounding out the convention, numerous networking opportunities will pave the way for strategic peer-to-peer exchange, including Functional Area Engagement round table sessions, a welcome reception the first night, the coveted awards banquet where the AMBA Mold Builder and Chapter of the Year will be celebrated and a supplier trade fair throughout the three-day event. Early bird registration deadline is March 25, 2013.

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Mold building executives understand that many factors contribute to and impact the overall state of the manufacturing sector. For many tooling companies, the swinging pendulum for 2012 has maintained its balance on the good side of the profit and loss statements, as the majority of these companies has experienced both business growth and strong employment levels. These trends alone are interesting due to the fact that election cycles tend to bring more stagnation to American businesses due to the unknown — an impact that often slows the pendulum swing, so to speak. But as demonstrated by the employment hours for shop floor employees over the last seven quarters, the median distribution of work hours has been quite stable running at 50 hours.

The mainstream of company executives from over 90 mold building entities from across the United States recently indicated that business conditions continue to remain stable and positive. As collected by the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) during its most recent economic survey, 80 percent of those providing performance data indicated that current business conditions are excellent or good.

As indicated by the participants in this quarter’s survey who represent 2,945 shop floor, design and engineering employees, employment levels remain the same or have increased for 94 percent while they’ve decreased for only 6 percent of the population. As stated in open-ended comments, the main issues faced by moldmaking executives are the shortage of skilled labor and simply the complete lack of a labor pool.

When examining other economic indicators that impact the state of the business including quoting volume, shipments and backlog, it can be concluded that business conditions will remain stable and relatively unchanged well into the start of the new year. The table below compares the consolidated responses over the last five quarters to the primary economic indicator questions, which compare current level of business to that of three months ago.

Building on the last quarter’s performance, more remarkably, is the fact that 43 percent of this quarter’s respondents indicated they expect their business to increase moderately (38 percent) or substantially (5 percent) over the next three months. Coupling these responses with the fact that over four out of every 10 participants project their businesses to remain steady over the next quarter provides significant insight as to the current strength of the moldmaking industry.

As evident by the data contributed in the AMBA’s Fall Business Forecast Survey, the near-term future of the moldmaking segment appears to be very stable. For now, the business pendulum seem to be swinging with momentum in the right direction!

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The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Rolling Meadows, IL, recently launched new group pricing for its annual convention “Strength in Numbers”, May 16-18, 2012, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, MI. In an effort to drive value down through each mold building operation, the new price structure will allow more than one registrant from the same company to attend the convention at a significantly reduced rate – nearly 30% off of the full registration price! According to AMBA Executive Director Troy Nix, "Providing ways to drive value down through each mold building operation is a major goal of the AMBA. Now that the conventions will be brought closer to the heart of moldmaking communities, many companies will have the opportunity to send their production managers, CFOs and other key team members to the convention to derive as much value and take-away from the programming as possible."

The convention will be anchored in data derived from leading-edge manufacturing surveys and operational assessments. The May convention is where attendees will hear the results of AMBA's new first quarter benchmarking initiatives, delivered by the industry's foremost experts and analysts. The content of this convention is driven to identify and correlate profitability to operational behaviors, market choices and more!
Best practices also will take a front seat at the convention, as all attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a plant tour workshop as part of the programming in the afternoon on the second day. Four are mold operations will open up their shops for the tour workshops, each focusing on a unique theme and sharing a different best practice: Commercial Tool & Die, CS Tool Engineering, Byrne Tool & Die and Die-Tech & Engineering. "These carefully designed plant tour workshops provide an excellent opportunity for participants to share best practices in a 'give and take' environment that offers phenomenal value to both the participant and the host company," said Nix. "Because the take away from these tour events has been so rich in value, we have decided to incorporate this unique learning exchange into our convention - providing attendees a convention experience like none other!"

Tour workshops are booked on a first come, first serve basis. Early registration is recommended to ensure preferred tour.

For AMBA convention details, hotel information and online registration, visit:

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