Rick Finnie, President and owner of M.R. Mold & Engineering (Brea, CA) was presented with the Mold Builder of the Year award by the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA; Indianapolis) at the group’s annual conference this week. The award recognizes an individual whose talent and dedication to the mold-building industry stands out above the rest.
|Rick Finnie (center) receives AMBA's Mold Builder of the Year award. He is flanked by Don Starkey (left) and Glenn Starkey of Progressive Components.|
Finnie has been a leader and mentor in the mold-building industry for more than 40 years. He learned the trade in his father’s cutter and grinder business when he was just 15, absorbing the value of a strong work ethic and what it means to take pride in one’s work at a young age. Today, Finnie oversees 30-plus employees and has assembled a management team that reflects the core values and beliefs upon which his company was built.
Well-respected by industry colleagues for his expertise in mold building, his innovative thinking has put his company on the map as one of the top three silicone moldmakers in the United States. Over the years, Finnie has developed his own cold-runner system, universal base, pneumatic stuffer box, valve-gate controller and vacuum seal. These key components not only secured his company’s foothold within the industry but also have provided M.R. Mold customers with the same technology that saves time and money in getting products to market.
Finnie continues to invest in new technology, which includes a five-axis Yasda coupled with Open Mind’s Hyper Mill software, two new Arburg molding machines and one Engel press, all of which have contributed to the company’s record sales in both 2017 and 2018, according to Finnie’s bio.
Finnie is dedicated to education and sits on the board for Century High School’s STEAM [science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, plus the arts] program in Santa Ana, CA, and is part of a team of industry experts that offers a “fundamentals of silicone” course given twice a year at various universities. For the last three years, Finnie has been part of the steering committee for the LSR Conference. He has partnered with the National Tooling and Machining Association to recruit apprentices to the shop and started the company’s first internship program last year, mentoring three juniors from a local high school, one of whom turned into a permanent hire.
Finnie has been a part of AMBA for nearly 30 years, serving in many capacities including President of the California Chapter. He has received many accolades, including AMBA's Educational Outreach awards.
Progressive Components has donated $5,000 in conjunction with this award to pay it forward to local schools chosen by M.R. Mold & Engineering to advance the industry.