amerimold 2014 Technical Conference Program
All sessions, times and presenters are subject to change.
|WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014|
SESSION: Driving the Next Generation Skilled Workforce
Driving the Next Generation Skilled Workforce What value are we putting on manufacturing instruction? How has manufacturing education changed recently? How are companies successfully attracting new employees? Once recruited, how do we train them to be the next drivers of success for our companies? Panelists will share strategies for recruiting, training and advancing skills, as well as demonstrate the return you can experience by investing in your workforce.
Craig Cegielski -
Cardinal Manufacturing/Eleva-Strum Central High
I grew up on Marshfield WI where I enjoyed, and took all Tech. Ed. classes at my high school. During high School I also worked at the local machine and fabrication shop. After graduation I attended UW-Stout in Menomonie WI and earned a degree in Technoloy Education. After Graduation I took a job at the Antigo High School where I taught welding and machining from 1998 to 2004. While at Antigo I started a student run manufacturing company called Red Robin Machining, which was very successful, but after 6 years there my wife and I decided to move to the westside of WI to be closer to family. I could not find a teaching job so I went back into manufacturing and took a job as a welder/machinist. I missed teaching, and after one year was hired at the Eleva-Strum High School as their Technology Education Teacher. Eleva-Strum is a very small high school with only 40 students per grade. Here I teach levels of CAD, Welding, Machine Tool, Automotive, Construction, and Woodworking. In 2007 we started the Cardinal Manufacturing program. We are excited to continue to improve the program each day, and see how far we can take it. Our goal is to provide a real life manufacturing experience for our students to prepare them for their future.
Robert Novak - Waukesha County Technical College
Associate Dean, School of Applied Technologies
Bob Novak has been the Associate Dean of Manufacturing at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in Wisconsin since May 2013. Bob’s current responsibilities are to oversee the Machine Tool/Tool & Die, Metal Fabrication/Welding, and Automated Systems Technician programs along with the related apprentice programs. Prior to being promoted to Associate Dean he was an instructor at WCTC for 23 years. While an instructor he instructed various courses in the Tool & Die apprentice and two year diploma programs. Some of the courses included Machine Tool Operations, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programming and Operation. His primary instructional duties were Tool & Die/Moldmaking and Mold Design. He has developed curriculum for numerous courses and acted as an unofficial intern coordinator assisting many employers identify apprentice candidates. He was also involved in short term CNC operator training (boot camps).
His professional career prior to WCTC began as a cooperative education high school student working in a toolroom of a plastic injection molder in Milwaukee, WI. Upon graduation from high school he served a tool and die apprenticeship which he completed in 1982. Bob continued working as a moldmaker gaining experience in die casting and investment casting, along with enhancing his knowledge of plastic injection moldmaking. While at WCTC Bob has spent many summers working at various Waukesha County manufacturers to reinforce his moldmaking skills, building relationships and learning new technologies.
Bob has earned a Bachelor of Science in Career Technical Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2007. In 2012 he was named Mold Maker of the Year by the Society of Plastics Engineers Mold Making and Mold Design Division. And in 2013 he was the recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.Ray Coombs - Westminster Tool , Inc
Raymond Coombs, Jr. is the President of Westminster Tool Inc., a precision injection mold manufacturer supplying complete injection mold solutions to the medical, aerospace, consumer packaging, and automotive industries. Ray started Westminster Tool out of his home as a one man shop in 1997. Since then he has grown the company to employ 32 individuals, all of whom share his passion for continuous improvement.
Ray also serves as the President of the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA), a consortium of local manufacturers and schools who work together to promote manufacturing as a viable career option. During his time as President, Ray has worked diligently to create a unified political voice for local manufacturers, and to promote and coordinate educational programs to meet companies workforce criteria.
Ray has received many awards for his efforts in improving the manufacturing industry. He received an honorary degree as part of the Merit Award from Quniebaug Valley Community College, the 2013 Celebrate Connecticut award which honors those who have made a sustainable impact on Connecticut’s growing economy, and was recognized as a Leadership Partner by the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education.
In his spare time Ray enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his wife and their three children.Ryan Pohl - Expert Technical Training
Ryan Pohl is a journeyman CNC machinist with many years of experience in high-speed and multi-axis machining. He is also a State of Michigan certified manufacturing teacher, and has taught at both high school and college levels. He holds an Associate's degree in Manufacturing Tooling, a Bachelor's degree in Technical Education and a Master's degree in Industrial Training and Development.
Under Ryan's leadership, Expert Tech has trained and placed over 120 people into the CNC & Die / Mold industry in the Western Michigan area, with over 90% of them staying in the trade long-term. Expert Tech has also trained thousands of people nationwide using their unique online training programs.
Ryan believes that with a renewal of pride in workmanship and an updated training format, Americans can secure their future as leaders in the industry.
SESSION: Implementing Technology: The Pain and the Gain
Before taking that giant new technology leap, it’s wise to first do an ROI on capital equipment expenditures. Shop panelists will provide a best practices roadmap for gauging a company’s financial and operational readiness for implementing automation and other machining, inspection, and design technologies, and show attendees how to avoid common pitfalls.
Brian Bendig -
Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing has been a successful manufacturer of plastic injection and structural foam tooling for over 35 years. In the last 5 years there has been a 50% growth in the business as a direct result of their employment of customized manufacturing equipment and build strategies. They are truly on the cutting edge of technology and mold manufacturing and have been featured in several leading industry magazines and journals. In 2011, the Society of Plastic Engineers awarded Cavalier Tool with the title of best tool shop for large tooling. They were also voted Moldmaker of the Year by the Windsor business community in 2012 and recognized this year by the local Board of Education with the “Champion of Education” award for their participation in career education of both students and faculty. Today at the age of 38 and all his successes, Brian is still looking for even more best of the best people to build the best team to compete globally and to succeed with strong growth, even in the worst of times.Andrew Samrick - Paragon D&E
Chief Operating Officer
Over the past twenty years, Andrew Samrick has emerged as a leading practitioner of operational execution and organizational development. Leadership roles in YPO’s Global Automotive Network, Global Deal Network and Manufacturing Excellence network refined skills developed during his successful tenure as President at Mill Steel Company. His resulting strength in strategic implementation made him the resource of choice to help Paragon D&E achieve its growth and profitability expectations.
Having managed acquisitions and deployments around the globe, Samrick brings unique insight into the financial, technical, and interpersonal challenges inherent in the development and successful completion of technology upgrades.
Charles Kingler - Janler Corporation
With over 40 years experience in the mold making and molding industry,
I’ve been involved with all facets of management of mold making and injection molding facilities, including sales and market development.
I stay active with, and have served on committees for the American Mold Builders Assn. and the Tooling and Manufacturing Assn of Chicago.
Jeff Kolbow - MGS MFG Group
JEFFREY KOLBOW is President of the MGS Mfg. Group, Inc. Mr. Kolbow has served the MGS Mfg. Group in various management capacities since 1995. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Mr. Kolbow is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Kolbow practiced public accounting at BDO from 1990 to 1995.
SESSION: Advancing Your Company: Where Trade Associations Fit In
Chances are you belong to at least one trade association, but are you taking advantage of programs offered that could benefit your company beyond networking dinners and golf outings? Hear from active members how trade associations can help companies build better workforces; develop a marketing plan, prepare for the coming storms and help fight to change the storms’ direction; and even how to build profits via association programs and events. Attendees will learn how to access and use the programs and resources that associations offer to help build a stronger company. Q&A session follows from 4pm-4:30pm with Leadtime Leader Awards Ceremony at 5pm.
Roger Klouda -
MSI Mold Builders
Roger joined the industry in 1978 at MSI Mold Builders. He became President of MSI in 1988. MSI is an 85-person mold manufacturer with plants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (corporate headquarters) and Greenville, South Carolina.
Roger has led the charge for a transition to mold manufacturing, both at MSI and in the industry at large. He has opened his plant to competitors on numerous occasions to showcase the benefits of lean manufacturing in a “one off” environment, and he has shared manufacturing best practices at numerous trade meetings.
As an extremely active member of trade associations, Roger has worked hard to promote the industry — as well as the profession — of mold building. He has partnered with Kirkwood Community College in the area of Advanced Manufacturing with emphasis on CNC machining and CAD design, and he has funded scholarships for community college students. He opens his plant for local community college and high school students to tour. Roger also helped lead a statewide Apprentice Training Program for mold making via the Iowa Cable Network, in which apprentice’s statewide received classroom training over an interactive cable network. He is currently helping develop programs focused on elevating awareness of Advanced Manufacturing as an excellent career choice.
Roger is Past President of the Iowa Chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers and has been a member of the Executive Board of the Society of the Plastics Industry since 1995.
He was the 2000 Recipient of the SPI Structural Plastics Division Industry Recognition Award. Roger has served on the American Mold Builders Association Board of Directors from 2001-2013.In 2006 he was the Recipient of the American Mold Builders Association Mold Maker of the Year Award. In 2013 Roger was recognized as SPE Mold Maker of the year for his lifelong contributions to the mold making industry. Roger is currently the Executive Editor of the SPI Mold Maker Journal.
Roger has been married to his wife, Gayle, for more than 40 years and has two children, Kimberly and Kyle. Kyle recently joined MSI’s staff in the Greenville S.C. location.Mike Walters - MET Plastics
Mike Walter is President of MET Plastics, Inc, a custom moldbuilder and injection molder specializing in applications for the aerospace, medical, business equipment, and food service industries. He is an active participant in multiple industry associations, currently serving as President of the Manufacturer’s Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP) and as a board member of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA). He received his B.S. degree in marketing and management from DePaul University and attended Northern Illinois University to study Plastics Technology. During his free time, Mike enjoys biking, skiing, and modeling for discount retail catalogues.Tim Peterson - Industrial Molds Group
Tim Peterson is Vice President with his family’s company, Industrial Molds Group, in Rockford, IL, founded in 1968, by his father. Tim truly has the heart and soul of a mold maker. Tim started sweeping floors at Industrial Molds at age 10. At age 16, he became the company’s delivery boy. After graduating from high school, Tim began the moldmaking apprenticeship program, which lasted four years.
Tim then went to work for another company, Mold Design, where he worked for eight years before coming back into the family fold at Industrial Molds Group in 1992, as a toolmaker. He began moving up in the company throughout the 1990s, eventually becoming lead toolmaker. He also spent two years in quality where he expanded his knowledge of molds, components, mold fitting and other aspects of quality in mold making. In 2006, he left his position in the quality department and began moving into the managerial side of the company, first as an account manager in sales to his present position as Vice President of the company.
Tim has been extremely active in the industry. He is a board member of the American Mold Builders Association where he has worked to share his knowledge of moldmaking and the business aspects of running a mold manufacturing company.