by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Inside Rubber. Originally appeared in Inside Rubber Magazine, January 2019
Molded Dimensions LLC has been in business since 1954. The company moved to Port Washington, Wisconsin, in 1973, where it has grown into a 100+-employee, three- shift facility with four separate divisions: rubber, cast urethane, moldmaking and strategic sourcing. President Mike and CEO Linda Katz purchased the business in 2001, and its project base focuses on low- to medium-volume custom manufacturing. This niche serves Molded Dimensions well, keeping its customer portfolio diversified and ensuring a continuous stream of interesting technical projects.
The average age for someone working the manufacturing sector in the US is over 45 years old. This is more than 3 years older than the average for all other sectors and the gap is widening over time. What does this mean for young people? It means there has never been a better time to start a career in manufacturing. As people retire there will be a need to fill those employee’s shoes at an increasing rate, creating opportunity for those who want to take it. With an average salary of nearly $60,000, a manufacturing career can be a great long term, family sustaining, way to make a living.
Molded Dimensions is committed to continually advancing the positive message of manufacturing. Each year we host students from our local high school on Manufacturing Day, and we take part in all our area job fairs and round tables. We also are proud to be able to donate funds to the Port Washington High School tech education group to help them get the equipment they need to teach their students. Partnering with many other manufacturing companies in our area, the high school was able to secure a grant and buy several lathes, mills and a router. We are excited to see what these students will create with their new equipment, and to see the pride they feel when they make something real and tangible. We hope that they also see what a future in manufacturing might be like, and that fuels them to consider it as a career path.
Our owner, Linda Katz, was recently featured on Rubber & Plastics News discussing the growth opportunities for polyurethanes. Here’s what she said: Continue reading
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From Molded Dimensions’ CEO Linda Katz:
On Monday, May 8th, I became president of the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association. It is an honor to follow Maureen Stone as the second female PMA president and to follow Jay Meili and Mike Katz as the third PMA president from Molded Dimensions! Continue reading
Our very own Linda Katz attended the PMA Annual Meeting Embracing Change. She also kicked off her two-year term as PMA President. Continue reading