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AMBA member starts 'iPad for Wounded Warriors' campaign

When Tim Bartz, VP of operations for Mold Craft Inc. (Willernie, MN), heard about the work that Will Byers, a veteran of the Iraq war, does with members of the 3/5th Dark Horse Battalion who have been wounded in Afghanistan, he knew he had to help out somehow.

Clare Goldsberry

February 17, 2011

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AMBA member starts 'iPad for Wounded Warriors' campaign

Bartz heard about Will Byers' efforts from Will's father, Bob Byers of Byers & Assoc. LLC, a company that provides consulting services to mold manufacturers. Bob has been affiliated with the moldmaking industry most of his life. "My son is a Marine, but just before he was set to deploy to Afghanistan, he was found to have cancer," explains Bob Byers. "My son stayed behind at Camp Pendleton to have surgery, and while recovering and receiving treatment, he works in the office doing the reporting for the battalion's casualties. He knows all of these people personally in his battalion, and many of these came back to the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego for treatment."

Byers' son began making regular trips to the hospital to visit the Wounded Warriors Wing, where his comrades were recuperating from wounds received as the result of IEDs. "These guys in the 3/5th are really neat guys," says Bob Byers, who has visited the Marines with his son. "I was awed by their attitude and their spirit."

When Bartz received an e-mail from Bob Byers telling him and the other 23 people on the address list about Will and the wounded from the 3/5th Dark Horse Battalion, Bartz got an idea that he and other members of the American Mold Builders Assn. could do something for these soldiers. Bartz decided that Mold Craft would make a donation toward the purchase of iPads for each one. He then replied to all 23 people on Byers' address list and challenged them to do the same.

"We were hoping to raise $1000 or so, but over the course of about a month, we have raised $9400. Some met Mold Craft's donation, but many gave much more," says Bartz. "We're buying a bunch of iPads and will take them to Camp Pendleton in March to present to these soldiers personally."

Bob Byers adds that "the iPads are a great idea, and allows them to do a lot of social networking" on the Internet while they're recuperating in the hospital. "I'm very proud of my son and his big heart, but it was Tim and the AMBA members that did the rest. There's no more patriotic group than the American Mold Builders Assn." —Clare Goldsberry

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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