On Aug. 15, 2019, the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA; Indianapolis) awarded $70,000 to the 2019 recipients of the American Mold Manufacturing Advancement (AMMA) grant. Launched by AMBA in 2017, the AMMA grant invests in the advancement of the mold building industry by supporting programs and projects in three primary areas: Training, advocacy/industry promotion, and research and development. Applicants must be AMBA members that support local workforce development initiatives in their communities relating to one of those primary areas. To date, AMBA has awarded $210,000 in grants in support of members’ efforts.
Students from the Hebron School District in Connecticut toured the Wepco Plastics facility after taking part in the Connecticut Invention Convention. Some of the students used 3D printers purchased with an AMMA grant to produce their inventions.
Funds awarded this year will support students at all grade levels with a variety of programs, including job shadowing, local competitions, the integration of structured curriculum specific to the skills trade industry, technical training, CNC software, robust career and technical education programs, Manufacturing Day activities and more, explained AMBA.
Grant recipients this year include the following AMBA members: TK Mold & Engineering Inc. (Romeo, MI); Westminster Tool Inc. (Plainfield, CT); Wepco Plastics (Middlefield, CT); Snider Mold Co. Inc. (Mequon, WI); Prodigy Mold & Tool Inc. (Haubstadt, IN); Precision Mold & Machining Services Inc. (Warren, MI); M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. (Brea, CA); Legacy Precision Molds Inc. (Grandville, MI); Creative Blow Mold Tooling (Lee’s Summit, MO); Century Die Co. (Fremont, OH); and Armin Tool & Manufacturing Co. (South Elgin, IL).
While the AMMA grant places great value on community involvement, many AMBA members also feel that it can drive key workforce development efforts. According to Charles Daniels, Chief Financial Officer at Wepco Plastics Inc., “Receiving the AMMA grant has been a tremendous opportunity for us to impact our community. This year, we’ll be able to add CNC milling instruction to the local curriculum, advancing student awareness of and interest in our industry. We’re so thankful for AMBA and resources like the AMMA grant, which allows us to continually make a difference.”
In addition to the AMMA grant, AMBA offers its members access to scholarship funds, recruitment tools, education outreach contests and skills certification, and training tools. “With access to these marketing materials and programs, we hope to support our members in educating the next generation on the many opportunities available through a career in manufacturing,” said AMBA Managing Director Kym Conis.