CLEVELAND — A 31-year-old foreman of an Ohio mold and die maker was selected as 1998 Mold Maker of the Year by the Society of Plastics Engineers' Mold Making and Mold Design Division.
Scott Caspary of ProMold Inc., based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was bestowed a plaque during a special presentation June 25 at Plastics Fair Cleveland.
On hand to present the honor was Dale Bodey, president of the Cleveland section of SPE and head of Strongsville, Ohio-based Phase Engineering Inc.
Annually, the award recipient is determined by a ballot of the division's executive board, said Glenn Starkey, outgoing chairman of the Mold Making and Mold Design Division and president of Progressive Components, based in Wauconda, Ill.
Caspary was chosen from several candidates who made significant contributions to the plastics industry throughout their careers, Starkey said.
He said Caspary's aggressive, dedicated qualities made him a ``poster boy'' for the career opportunities available in mold making.
A fifth-generation mold maker, Caspary said the award was a ``very proud moment'' for him. He said he has been plying his trade since he was 12 years old, beginning his career as his father's apprentice in their family shop, Caspary Corp. in Schaumburg, Ill.
``I knew right away what I was doing for a living,'' he said.
As a part of the award, a $500 contribution will be made in Caspary's name to the Akron Machining Institute in Barberton, Ohio, to assist its Mold Maker/Mold Designer Career Program.
Caspary's honor originally was announced in April during Antec in Atlanta.
SPE is based in Brookfield, Conn.