Educating young people on the advantages and benefits of a career in manufacturing is what Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 4, is all about. On Oct. 3, the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA; Indianapolis) honored three member "champions" with the 2019 Educational Outreach Awards in advance of this year’s Manufacturing Day. These awards recognize AMBA members who have made a significant impact in the promotion of a career in mold building.
Awards this year were given to three companies.
- First place: M.R. Mold in Brea, CA. Since 2015, M.R. Mold’s involvement with 30 students on Manufacturing Day has grown to impacting hundreds of young people through “Manufacturing Week.” The staff also developed new programs, including its first formal, three-month internship program and a fourth-grade mentoring program.
- Second place: Century Die Co. (Fremont, OH). Three programs define Century Die’s community involvement: Mold Maker Professional for a Day, the “Skills Trades College” apprenticeship and the Green Box Derby, in which students, parents and educators participate in a community-wide soapbox derby race and compete for three local community college scholarships.
- Third place: Westminster Tool Inc. (Plainfield, CT). Since last year’s Manufacturing Day, Westminster Tool raised $10,000 to support manufacturing programs and partnered with local schools to walk students through manufacturing processes.
Through strategic partnerships with schools, programs and students, these three companies have all made significant efforts to raise awareness and build skills within the mold building industry.
Scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $1,000, $750 and $500, respectively, which will go to the recipient’s education institution or program of choice.