Monday, March 24, 2014

Support iWarriors

Moldmakers Making a Difference

MoldMaking Technology has supported iWarriors since the program's inception three years ago because it was mold manufacturers who kicked off the concept of providing our wounded warriors with the gift of technology to stay in touch with family and friends while they are on the mend.  Today iWarriors is going strong and growing as it continues to support our troops this year with even more iPad deliveries.
Here are a few stories recipients have shared expressing their gratitude when we are the ones who are grateful to them!
This photo shows Army Spec. Patton who was injured in Afghanistan from an IED blast that peppered his body with shrapnel and left him with vision problems. He also suffers from TBI and PTSD. He says he is already putting the iPad to good use while he continues his recovery. He wanted to thank all of the iWarriors supporters for the awesome gift.
Corporal Surdi has received two Purple Hearts for wounds received from IED blasts during his tours with the Marine Corp. He continues to serve with the USMC Reserves. He is grateful to all who made the ipad gift possible.

James Holbrook was injured in Afghanistan when he was caught in a firefight. He took gunshots to the head and both knees. Medically retired, he now is a full time instructor at naval hospital corps school.
Army Specialist Michael Gray received an iPad. He sustained several injuries from three separate IED blasts while serving in Afghanistan. 
The following quote is from Jake Aiken of Rhode Island: "I received my package and I was like "Wow, I got an iPad!," then I opened it. I saw everything inside and I got choked up at the way it was wrapped and everything that came with it. The case, the cards, the everything. When I opened the card you wrote, I got a happy feeling that I haven't felt in a long time. Someone who doesn't know me wrote this card and sent all this nice stuff. Then I opened the iPad and I saw the back of it with my unit, name and motto. That sent me into tears. I have not cried in years.  I had grown numb to my feelings. They were happy tears. Words can't explain what this gift has done to me. I can't thank all the donors enough. You have given me a gift that really caught me off guard with the amount of time, money and detail. It will help me daily. I did download some PTSD apps already and my girlfriend and I watched a movie. Thanks again so much. This email was written on my new iPad! You are great people, thank you thank you thank you." 
You can help support other Wounded Warriors by clicking here or feel free to contact Kim Bartz at 651-303-4409 or via email at


By: 21. March 2014

Moldmakers on the Move

This year is continuing to be a busy one for North American mold manufacturers, which is shining a brighter light on the need for skilled mold builders and our current lack of a skilled workforce. Moldmakers are in demand as evidenced by shops connecting with MMT to see if we can help.
One such shop is M.R. Mold & Engineering of Brea, CA, who I met with while out at MD&M/Plastec West last month. Business for them started out slower than expected this year with a number of secured projects being put on hold, but with the release of 2014 budgets, MD&M West and other industry events, quoting and purchase orders have picked up quite a bit in February and early March.
M.R. Mold is becoming more and more involved with major medical and consumer OEMs, which is bringing larger projects to its door. This is forcing them to hire new moldmakers. They are seraching for mold builders with a minimum of 10 years of experience in moldmaking, as well as experience with tight tolerance tooling.  Mastercam experience is a plus, but not required. For more information on this opportunity click here to send an email
Another avenue to finding qualified mold builders is our annual amerimold expo this June 11-12 in Novi, MI. It features exhibitors displaying products used for designing, machining, repairing and processing molds (including machine tools, cutting tools, CAD/CAM, 3D printers, mold components, materials), but it also showcasing those providing moldmaking services too. Plus plenty of moldmakers are walking the show floor.  
Conference & Exhibition: Wednesday, June 11 9am-5pm; Thursday, June12 9am–3pm
Registration: Wednesday, June11 7:30am-5pm; Thursday, June 12 7:30am-3pm
Venue: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI, 48374 USA

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wittmann Battenfeld Open House

Open House & Innovations Workshop Open Workshop
 Thursday & Friday, June 5-6, 2014
 Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc.
 One Technology Park Dr
 Torrington, CT 06790

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from industry-leading professionals, see their latest technologies on display and in operation, connectivity demonstrations and much more!  Increase your efficiency and productivity!  To register for this FREE event, please contact Wittmann Battenfeld by May 31, 2014 at

Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc. 
One Technology Park Drive | Torrington, CT 06790 Tel: 860-496-9603 | Fax: 860-482-2069 | |

Area Hotel Information:
A special rate is available at Avon Old Farms Hotel, which is conveniently located within the vicinity of our Facility. The hotel will provide free Bradley Airport shuttle service, and Wittmann Battenfeld will provide free transportation to & from the hotel and our facility. Please contact Avon Old Farms Hotel directly to make a reservation and for special rate information. Note: Ask for “Wittmann Battenfeld Open House” rate or Group # 14551. Availability cannot be guaranteed on reservations made after May 14, 2014. Avon Old Farms Hotel 279 Avon Mountain Rd | Avon, CT 06001PH: 860-269-3873

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