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Chicago named AMBA Chapter of the Year

The Chicago chapter was named the Chapter of the Year at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Mold Builders Assn. (AMBA) in Las Vegas. Chicago was the birthplace of the AMBA, and the Chicago chapter was the first chapter after the organization’s founding.  Currently, the Chicago chapter has 38 member companies. The Chicago chapter received a check from Progressive Components for $5000 to use in its efforts to promote mold making and the mold manufacturing industry in its area.

Clare Goldsberry

March 10, 2011

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Chicago named AMBA Chapter of the Year

The Chicago chapter was named the Chapter of the Year at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Mold Builders Assn. (AMBA) in Las Vegas. Chicago was the birthplace of the AMBA, and the Chicago chapter was the first chapter after the organization’s founding.  Currently, the Chicago chapter has 38 member companies. The Chicago chapter received a check from Progressive Components for $5000 to use in its efforts to promote mold making and the mold manufacturing industry in its area.
   
The Chicago chapter received the award for its tireless efforts to promote the trade and encourage young people to enter the industry. “We understand the workforce is getting older and we need young people to enter the trade if we are to keep this industry strong for the next generations,” said Wayne Sikorcin, owner of Craftsman Tool & Mold Inc. and president of the Chicago chapter.
   
Educating its members and getting them involved with government affairs is a big focus of the chapter. “One of our goals is to get members involved with their legislators, both state and federal, and have them invite their legislators to visit their plants to see first-hand what mold manufacturing is all about and understand how vital it is to the U.S. manufacturing,” said Karen Norville, the Chicago chapter coordinator. “Several of our chapter members have done that, and one even got more work from it because the legislator knew someone who knew a company that needed a mold, so it’s been successful.”

The Chicago chapter had a large number of members attend the Fall Conference in Washington DC. As a result of these efforts, a few legislators have attended Chicago chapter meetings, such as Illinois State Representative Michael G. Connelly and Congressional Representative Donald A. Manzullo.“Both of these men are pro-manufacturing, and we want them to know that what they’re doing for us means a lot to us and we’re behind them,” said Sikorcin.
   
The Chicago chapter just awarded its first “Mold Your Career” award. “We wanted to give a scholarship to someone working in the industry for at least one year at a Chicago member company and help those who have chosen mold making as a career,” said Sikorcin. DGI Supply, a tool seller, donated one-third of the $1000 gift certificate to purchase tools at DGI. Michael Gach of Dynasty Mold Builders was the recipient. “The industry needs younger workers and we’re hoping this might motivate people to enter the trade,” he added.
   
Sikorcin said that the chapter will choose to distribute the $5000 award at its next chapter meeting, to be held at the Amerimold trade show. “We will have five learning institutions named and the members will decide where to donate the money,” said Sikorcin. “I want to thank Progressive Components, who is constantly backing us in our efforts here in Chicago.” —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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