Friday, March 8, 2013

Reshoring America!

Their Mission

The mission of the Reshoring Initiative is to bring good, well-paying manufacturing jobs back to the United States by assisting companies to more accurately assess their total cost of offshoring, and shift collective thinking from ‘offshoring is cheaper’ to ‘local reduces the total cost of ownership.’

Get Involved

While many believe the United States is no longer an advantageous place to produce goods, nothing could be further from the truth. However, if more manufacturing is to find its way back from overseas, it needs to become a national priority. That's why it's important for both individuals and companies to get involved in the Reshoring Initiative.

Ways to Support the Cause

  • Rally support for reshoring in your company, industry and community.
  • Link to from your company's website.
  • Post relevant comments to online articles about American manufacturing.
  • Send a letter to the editor regarding the importance of reshoring in your industry.
  • Share the Total Cost of Ownership Estimator™ with local economic development groups.
  • Talk to your U.S. Senators and Congressmen about the economic benefits of reshoring.
  • Share information about any events or publications where the topic of reshoring would apply to the Reshoring Initiative.
  • Submit a reshoring case study.
  • Become a sponsor of the Reshoring Initiative.
  • Share links to reshoring articles that you would like to see featured in the Reshoring Library.
  • Volunteer your time to a Reshoring Initiative project.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Silicone Elastomers Course a HUGE Success in California

The Silicone Elastomers Technology and Fabrication hosted by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee held its second class in Anaheim, CA February 18-21. The pilot course was launched in California last July with 34 participants. This course drew 47 participants from all over the U.S.

For more than 10 years, this course has offered a comprehensive overview of silicone elastomers, manufacturing processes, fabrication techniques, problem solving and applications. Emphasis is on LSR (liquid silicone rubber) in the areas of material selection, dispensing methods, injection molding process and tooling. An added benefit to the California class is a "field trip" to M.R. Mold & Engineering, during which attendees experienced first-hand the entire manufacturing process.

Industry experts, Mel Toub of Momentive Performance Materials, John Timmerman of Starlim North America Corporation, Bob Pelletier of Graco, Inc., Rick Finnie of M.R. Mold & Engineering and Juergen Giesow of Arburg GmbH were the course instructors.

Feedback received from participants included, but not limited to:

"Great combination of theory and demonstration of practice to bring it all together! Lots of information about all aspects so that you see the whole picture."

"Good, well rounded approach. Covered all the basics."

"MRM field trip was very informative. I learned a lot about the process from seeing it in use."

"Very good variety of topics - diverse instructors."

For more information about upcoming classes, visit or contact M.R. Mold at




M.R. Mold is Honored to be Part of the iWarriors Program

The mission of iWarriors is to honor severely injured members of the Fifth Marines by roviding them with personalized iPads.  With help from members of the American Mold Builders Association, MoldMaking Technology Magazine, and others, their vision is to expand these and other gifts to severely injured service members of all branches of the Armed Forces.

Since 2010, iWarriors has been delivering iPads to returning amputees for their use while undergoing care at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA.  Thanks to the donations of AMBA members and industry colleagues, funds are continually raised to support this great cause.

Rick Finnie, President of M.R. Mold & Engineering and Geri Anderson, Marketing Director, will be among 12 people to visit Balboa Naval Hospital and Camp Pendleton March 21-22 to distribute more than 50 iPads to the brave warriors who have risked life and limb for our great country.  We are humbled to be part of this extraodinary cause.

Donations can be mailed to: Fund of SCVF
516 Second Street, Suite 214
Hudson, WI  54016
or by visitimg