The Society of Plastics Engineers' Mold Technologies division is honoring some of the top mold makers of 2023.
Charles "Chuck" Heitmeyer, senior tooling engineer for AMG Tool & Die of Bryan, Ohio, was named 2023 Mold Designer of the Year on April 5. Heitmeyer has more than 40 years of experience; developed a proprietary mold base; worked on two-shot molds, an insert molded crossbar, double helix cooling jacket; and converted a part from compression molding to injection molding while also mentoring younger tooling engineers.
Patrick "Pat" Roussey of Mayer Tool & Engineering Inc. in Sturgis, Mich., was named 2023 Mold Maker of the Year. Roussey began his tooling apprenticeship at the age of 25 in 1996 and has been key in helping the small-town shop win work from international companies. Roussey has owned Mayer Tool since 2020.
The first winner of the SPE Mold Repair Technician of the Year, John Demakis Sr., recognizes not his individual work on tools, but rather his work in the creation of a company — Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales of Wauconda, Ill. — focused on mold maintenance, laser engraving, laser welding and polishing. "He built a business where all the work could be done under one roof," his son and Alliance President Tony Demakis wrote in his nomination.
Winners receive a $1,000 stipend that is presented in their names to a plastics or mold making program of the recipients' choice. HASCO America Inc. sponsors the Mold Maker of the Year award, Progressive Components Inc. the Mold Designer and MoldTrax LLC the Mold Repair Technician.