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OCT 2018

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Workforce Development 12 MoldMaking Technology —— OCTOBER 2018 By Christina Fuges Gregory attended East Leyden High School and worked summers at A1 Tool Corp. (A1 Tool). He then went on to Triton College and later to the University of Illinois–Chicago for engineering. He worked as he earned his degree in 2015, and then he became a design engineer at A1 Tool. Gregory has worked on the design, mechanics and implementation of multiple organizational improvements at the company. He has not been able to implement all his leadership efforts yet, but there are many more to come as he continues working in the design engineering department, improving mold designs and complex mold-action capabilities. Both the industry and his peers have recognized Gregory for his efforts. He won the TMA High School Student Award and the American Mold Builders Association Apprentice of the Year Award. He won second place in the University of Illinois–Chicago Senior Design Project to improve manufacturing processes at Magenta LLC, and A1 Tool awarded him the "Employee of the Year" title. Rafal started working part-time at A1 Tool Corp. (A1 Tool) while attending Triton College full-time. He then transferred to the University of Illinois–Chicago for engineering, where he went to school full-time and worked part-time until he earned his degree. Rafal has been working as a design engineer since 2015. During his tenure at A1 Tool, he has worked on the design, mechanics and implementation of multiple organizational improvements. Rafal won second place in the University of Illinois– Chicago Senior Design Project to improve manufactur- ing processes at Magenta LLC, and in January 2018 he decided to continue his education by attending graduate school at University of Illinois–Chicago. Rafal Kras (26) Design Engineer A1 Tool Corp. (Melrose Park, Illinois) Gregory Zaucha (27) Design Engineer A1 Tool Corp. (Melrose Park, Illinois) Young professionals are vital to the moldmaking industry, and it is important to acknowledge those making strides in shaping the industry's future. MoldMaking Technology is recognizing the industry's young talent through its inaugural 30-Under-30 Honors Program. The New Face of Mold Manufacturing MoldMaking Technology selected the recipients from reader nominations based on their potential leadership within the company where they work or for their industry passion and involvement. If you have a 30-Under-30 candidate in mind, you can nominate that person for the magazine's continuing online coverage: moldmakingtechnology.com/30

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