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Amerimold 2018 Post Show Highlights 36 MoldMaking Technology —— SEPTEMBER 2018 u MoldMaking Technology's 2018 Leadtime Leader winner is Maximum Mold Group. The shop was honored at the annual Leadtime Leader awards ceremony at Amerimold 2018, which was aired through Facebook Live. MoldMaking Technology also hosted Maximum Mold Group on The Manufacturing Alliance podcast. The standout factors that stole the win for the shop include its growth from a small mold builder into a large business group, its team and family environment, shorter lead times from the increased capac- ity of the business group and increased in-house design and engineering capacity. Additional aspects include investment in high-speed machining centers and manufacturing efficiency, commitment to international travel to work with customers, diversification, service, workforce development efforts and a sales team comprising of all journeyman moldmakers. p MoldMaking Technology has recognized outstanding per- formance and innovation in mold manufacturing through its annual Leadtime Leader Awards (LLA) Competition since 2003. This year is the award's 15-year anniversary, so MoldMaking Technology Editorial Director Christina Fuges brought together a few LLA winners for a live Manufacturing Alliance podcast with Tony Demakis to have a conversation about what this award has meant to their companies. Panelists included Tim Peterson, owner and vice president of Industrial Molds (2012 winner), Ray Coombs, owner and president of Westminster Tool (2014 winner), Tim Galbraith, sales manager of Cavalier Tool (2015 winner) and Dave LaGrow, owner and president of Maximum Mold Group (2018 winner). Key areas of discussion included the company today versus the company in the year of its win, the biggest change since winning and advice for shops thinking about entering the competition. u Dave LaGrow leads this winning company, but he made sure to give most of the credit to his team on the night of the ceremony. Here, Progressive Compenents's Glenn and Don Starkey, who continue to sponsor the Leadtime Leader competition, pose with MoldMaking Technology's Christina Fuges and Cyndi Kustush after presenting Maximum Mold Group with its award. p Every good shop has a good team, and Maximum Mold Group has a good team. "We are a family, and we treat each other accordingly. I take pride in that. I believe it takes more than the owner to run a business that is family-oriented," Dave LaGrow says. Leadtime Leader Awards Visit for the live podcasts of the 15th anniversary panel and the 2018 winner.

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