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SPE names Mold Maker and Mold Designer of the year for 2013

Rosemont, IL—A commitment to "life-long learning and transfer of knowledge" helped Roger Klouda, president of M.S.I. Mold Builders (Cedar Rapids, IA), and Tim Peterson, vice president of Industrial Molds Group (Rockford, IL) clinch the Mold Maker and Mold Designer of the Year 2013 awards, respectively.

Clare Goldsberry

June 20, 2013

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SPE names Mold Maker and Mold Designer of the year for 2013

(Rockford, IL) clinch the Mold Maker and Mold Designer of the Year 2013 awards, respectively. The awards were presented at a special event held at Amerimold Expo in Rosemont, IL, on June 12, by the Society of Plastics Engineers' Mold Making and Mold Design Division.

Each year the board of directors of the Moldmaking and Mold Design Division of the SPE selects from its membership, and from nominations at large, individuals who exemplify the role of Mold Designer. Per SPE, this person has shown through years of service to the industry his/her ability to grasp information, adapt to changing technology, and provide career and technical guidance to those in subordinate roles. Additionally they have been willing to serve their craft by sharing information and experiences on a wide range of topics.

"This year both candidates have been heavily involved in their local Apprenticeship Training Program and Industry Development," said Scott Peters, chair of the SPE Mold Making and Mold Design Division. "For SPE, this transfer of knowledge, information, and technology are core to who we are. In the Mold Making and Mold Design Division, we look to the next generation of mold makers and designers in order to sustain the future of manufacturing worldwide. Both Tim and Roger have exhibited life-long learning and transfer of knowledge as a part of their core business model."

M.S.I. Mold Builders was founded in 1971, and in 1978 Roger Klouda joined the family business where he has had a life-long career. Today the company operates the main facility in Cedar Rapids and a second facility in Greenville, SC, to serve customers in the Southeast. M.S.I. designs and builds steel and aluminum molds for injection, structural foam, RIM, blow, gas assist and structural web processes. The company serves major molding companies and OEMs in the computer and business machine, medical diagnostic, material handling, sporting goods, lawn and garden, appliance, consumer electronics, and aviation/transportation industries.

M.S.I. has won a number of awards over the past decade including tooling supplier of the year from several of the company's customers such as Innovative Injection Technologies (i2Tech), and John Deere. Klouda is active in many industry trade organizations to promote the industry in addition to the SPE, including the Society of the Plastics Industry and the American Mold Builders Association.

Industrial Molds Group, founded in 1968, is also an award-winning company that specializes in designing and building complex molds for the automotive, including under-hood and fuel system applications, as well as the industrial, medical, and consumer packaging markets. Tim Peterson has had a lifelong career in the mold design/moldmaking industry beginning with his moldmaking apprenticeship after graduation from high school. Peterson's experience and expertise both with the technical and engineering aspects of mold manufacturing, as well as his managerial skills has helped Industrial Molds Group, which includes the Group's Pyramid Plastics division with facilities in Rockford, IL, and San Antonio, Texas, grow within the markets they serve. Peterson is active in the SPE and the American Mold Builders Association to promote the industry and manufacturing in the U.S. in general.

In addition to the awards, each recipient will receive an honorarium to be presented to the school of their choice in the amount of $500. The Mold Designer of the Year honorarium is sponsored by Progressive Components Inc. and will be presented to the University of Wisconsin Platteville. The Mold Maker of the Year honorarium was made possible through a generous donation from DME Company, and will be presented to Kirkwood Community College's Advanced Manufacturing Program, in Cedar Rapids, IA.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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