The American Mold Builders Association has honored one of its founding members as its Mold Builder of the Year.
Alan Petrucci, who launched B.A. Die Mold Inc. in 1968, only missed the inaugural meeting of AMBA in 1973 because he had to deliver a mold that night, the organization noted in a March 4 news release.
In addition to helping to start AMBA and as the current CEO of B.A. Die Mold of Aurora, Ill. Petrucci has volunteered with high school and college programs to help bring young people into the mold-making business. He received a patent in 2010 for his Programmable Electric Rotating Core system to make threaded molds.
Petrucci received $5,000 along with the award, and said he will donate it to a program that will help the industry.
AMBA, based in Rolling Meadows, also honored the Chicago chapter as Chapter of the Year during its annual meeting in Las Vegas. Chapter President Wayne Sikorcin, owner of Aurora-based Craftsman Tool & Mold Inc., said chapter members will split the $5,000 check the organization received among local educational groups.