Andy Lehner, longtime leader in the moldmaking industry, passes away

Andrae (Andy) Lehner, co-founder and co-owner of Omega Tool Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI), and president of that company for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 2006, passed away on Nov. 17, 2011. Andy was involved in the plastic injection molding, moldmaking and and engineering industries for his entire career. He joined Saller Tool Inc. in 1969 where he bought stock and became partners with John Weber Sr. In 1980, Saller Tool moved to Menomonee Falls, where the partners changed the company's name to Omega Tool Inc.

Lehner was actively involved in just about every industry organization including the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), where he served on the Moldmakers Policy Board for 25 years and on the SPI's National Board for eight years. He was awarded the SPI Moldmakers Division Lifetime Achievement Award and was a founding member of the American Mold Builders Association, helping form the second chapter (Milwaukee) of that organization. He also served as the AMBA's second National President from 1980-1981, and organized and ran the local NTMA apprenticeship contest for 13 straight years. Lehner was also a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers  (SPE) since 1968.

John Weber, son of John Weber Sr., who currently serves as Omega Tool's President, said that one of Andy's best qualities was his ability to "get along with literally everybody." Weber also notes that while running Omega Tool he treated all employees fairly and honestly. "He was also a great teacher and gave many hours of his time to help young people advance in the mold building trade as well as in life in general with the Big Brothers program. I'm sure the youngsters he was involved with are better people today because of Andy."

"Andy's life was moldbuilding, and according to Weber, Andy "promoted mold building every single day, and I mean every single day."

Lehner leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Audrey, as well as children and grandchildren.

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