Century Die Company
Century Die is a world-class machine shop and blow-molding fabricator located in Fremont, Ohio. Using state of the art CNC machines lathes and milling machines, to produce tooling that is used in the blow mold process. While Century Die is well known for producing The new tooling for Consumer Packaging we also produce Molds, Trimmer Tooling and Secondary Machines for Automotive, Appliance, Industrial, and Recreation as well as performing contract machining. Century has been delivering superior molds along with downstream tooling to industry leaders for more than 70 years.
Century Die is committed to being the number one supplier of high-quality tools, delivered on time with a value that meets or exceeds our customer’s expectations in Fit, Form, and Function!
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At Century Die, our people drive our success. The care of employees enhances our commitment to them by protecting labor and human rights. As a skilled-based company, our people are our most valuable resource and their skills and expertise play an important role in achieving our vision to be our clients’ first choice for integrated and specialized services. We continue to develop the skills of our staff.
Shipping & Receiving
I started here at Century in the shipping and receiving department in February 2005. Prior to this position I worked in HR and logistics as a full time member of the National Guard, starting in 1985 to retirement in January 2005. I have always enjoyed this work and it continues to provide for my family and me. I am a lifelong resident of the area with four grown children and nine grandchildren.
I have been employed as a Tool Designer and/or Engineering Manager for more than 30 years. During this time I’ve worked on a variety of tooling for the plastics industry as well as product designs. The end products have included Automotive and Non-Automotive fuel tanks, HVAC Duct work, reservoirs, Coolers, commercial trash containers, household products and bottle tooling for the Packaging and Container Industry.
In addition to Design I have experience with Quality Control including the integration of the ISO 9000 quality system and windows networking including the installation & maintenance of systems and software. Included in the network experience was a proprietary job quoting and tracking relational database I created in Microsoft Access.
My specialties include Plastic Product design, Custom Blowmold tooling and Automation Equipment design.
I am highly skilled in Catia V5, Unigraphics NX, Autocad Mechanical Desktop, Inventor and SolidWorks. I am also skilled in the use of Microsoft office.
As a kid I hung out at my Grandpa’s welding shop tinkering around. I knew then I was going to weld or machine. I was accepted into Machine Trades at Vanguard Vocational School. During my senior year I received a job at Century Die Co as a clean up boy. Graduated high school 1979, entered the apprenticeship program and 4 years later I was a journeyman Tool & Die Mold Maker.
I was 2nd shift supervisor from 1986 to 2000.
I was Director of Manufacturing from 2000-2015
Currently Purchasing Manager 2015 to date.
I have enjoyed being employed for the last 38 years here at Century Die Co.
My past experiences include the design and layout of fire protection systems, Mechanical design, and for the last 28 years, as a blow mold designer. I have been an Engineering coordinator, and was trained as an ISO 9000 internal auditor.
Here at Century Die Company, my job is to schedule the workflow through the shop Using the E2 computer program. My past experiences have prepared me to ensure our customers receive a quality product with on-time delivery.
Chuy Rodriguez III
Manager - Project Management
I am currently a Project Manager for Century Die Company. We are a world class manufacturing shop that specializes in Blow Molding, Industrial Molding, and Compression Molding. We also offer Ancillary devices for Molds, such as Trim Tooling, Gauge Fixtures, and Industrial Fixtures. My role has changed from Design Engineer to Project Manager. I now deal with Mold Refurbishment and any upcoming New Projects. Along with following Projects through the shop I am required to Quote the work and establish Timelines. The fast paced and ever changing technology is what I enjoy.
All of our 3D modeling is done in SolidWorks. We support all NX, STEP, IGES, Parasolid, and 2D AutoCAD drawings. The flexibility of our design team is what separates us from the rest. We also have a state of the art CMM room. And have the capability of checking any Part to make sure it is within specifications.
It has been over 5 years since joining Century Die and I am proud to say that I am an employee. We have diversified into many different areas and welcome any challenge that our customers may have. Please visit our website at www.centurydie.com to view our vast capabilities.
I am the front desk Receptionist/Accounting Assistant at Century Die Company. With years of Office Administration and customer service experience, I perform a variety of clerical duties to keep the office running smoothly and setting a positive office atmosphere.
I am the Controller for Century Die Company, LLC. My responsibilities include accounting management, financial analysis and reporting, accounting policy and compliance. I joined CDC in 2004 and have over 30 years of manufacturing accounting experience.
I have a obtained a Bachelor’s degree from University of Toledo in 1986 and received a Master’s degree in accounting in 2006. I also am a Certified Professional Controller.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, and crafting.
I have been working as a designer/engineer now for over 17 years now, and had some machine experience before that. I grew up helping my dad work on pretty much everything from vehicles to electronics. I have always been a very mechanical person.
I attended Clyde high school where I was on the wrestling team (1995 Team State Champions), Editor-In-Chief of the high school paper, along with several other clubs. While attending Clyde High School I was also taking part in a program called Post-Secondary Options (this allowed me to go to college classes as a Junior and Senior and get college and high school credits for classes taken). I graduated from Clyde in 1997. In 2001, I graduated Summa-Cum-Laude from collage with three-associate degrees.
My first job out of high school was with Armstrong Air where I was a production worker and led a Lean Manufacturing team. While working at Armstrong I also worked at Progress Design / Toledo Automated Concepts as a machinist/ CNC operator. After leaving Armstrong I moved on to Eaton Corporation, Technical Center in Toledo Ohio, where I was a Hydraulics/Pneumatics Designer. In January of 2002 I moved here to Century die Company LLC. I have been a Project/Design Engineer with Century Die Company LLC for 15 years as of January 2017.
With nearly 25 years of experience in the blow molding industry, I bring a unique blend of mold and secondary machine design along with CNC programming and CMM inspection experience to the Century Die Company where I currently oversee the Quality Department. My knowledge in various areas of the industry enables me to see “the whole picture” by combining customer specific requirements with general mold build standards during the inspection process.
I have an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Certificates of study in CMM operations and programming. My design and programming software abilities include Unigraphics, SolidWorks, MasterCam, and HyperMill. I also utilize PC-DMIS, OGP Flash Vision Inspection, QC-CALC, SPC Office Buddy, and Microsoft Excel skills as well as basic precision measuring practices in the collection and presentation of amassed inspection data.
I bring to Century Die 20+ years of Office Administration in Manufacturing. My responsibilities include being the liaison between senior management, employees, and clients to ensure proper lines of communication. Administration of all employee benefits and implementation and oversight of our ERP system.
In my free time, I enjoy showing Quarter Horses and working on home projects.
I have been employed at Century Die Company since 2000. I was hired to be an apprentice engineer, starting as a machinist for practical experience manufacturing our products. I soon moved into the engineering department, where I gravitated to the ancillary tooling such as trim dies, etc. I became a Project Manager in 2011, quoting and managing projects, working to create a link between our customers and our engineering and manufacturing departments.
My prior experience includes growing up on a working family farm, construction including contracting and sub-contracting, a grey iron foundry, welding and machining aluminum automotive structures, and programming/setting up vertical CNC’s at a small job shop.
My education includes the University of Toledo and Terra State Community College in addition to being a lifelong avid reader.
My community life includes 10 years as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder. As a member of the fire department, I also served as recording secretary and then President.
I currently serve on the board of trustees for NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties. We are a local affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
I have over 35 years’ experience in Manufacturing. I have experience in Automated Machines work, Injection Molds, and with all types of repairs. I’m relatively new to Century Die, but have fit right in as a Project Manager.
I graduated from Mahoning County Joint Vocational School Machine Trades class in 1985 where I learned the basics of the Tool and Die trade. While in my senior year I started working for Precise Tool & Die (Jan 1985-June 1986) which specialized in building of Injection molds. My duties were running EDM machines and making electrodes with surface grinders and milling machines. I then took a job with Micro-matic Tool (June 1986-Nov 1987) which also built Injection molds were I also was in the EDM dept. I then moved to Cosmo Corporation (Nov 1987-June 1994) running milling machines and surface grinders building MUD base injection tooling as well as rebuilding of Injection molding presses. While at Cosmo Corporation I completed my Apprenticeship and received my Journeyman Mold maker and Journeyman Tool and Die maker cards. I then moved to Alliance Industrial Manufacturing (June 1994-Nov 1995) where I ran a milling machine making Injection molds. I then got married and had a baby and I took a job at Fremont plastic molds (Nov 1995-May 2014) as a Tool and Die maker building blow molds and Automation equipment. In my 18 years working at Fremont Plastic Molds I worked my way up from the shop floor to a Supervisor position for 8 years then becoming the Plant Manager for 7 years. I have now been the Plant manager at Century Die Company for nearly 3 years.
Ancillary Tooling Manager
When I was younger my father owned a small business. In the maintenance room there was a manual mill. My father took time and on this mill, taught me to make fixtures and parts to fix machines. Because of these experiences, I was drawn into taking some technical classes in high school. After high school I took a job at Atlas Industries as a CNC grinder for 2 years. Eventually, I decided to turn these experiences into a career and started the Mold Maker Apprenticeship here at Century Die Company.
My effort and involvement has paid off and I now manage all manufacturing aspects of the Ancillary tooling product line.
Senior Design Engineer
I have racked up over 40 years of experience in metal working, fabricating & designing fields. I grew up with a fabricating shop in my back yard, started working & helping Dad @ around 12 years old. My father was the Welding Instructor @ Elyria High & Lorain county joint vocational school. I then attended the Lorain county Vocational school 1979/80/81 in the Tool & Die Trades classes. I served my apprenticeship @ Buckeye Mold & Die & received my Journeyman card as a Mold Maker. In the late 80’s I started doing some CAD/CAM drawing & programing which led me into Mold designing. I work at various shops building, Injection molds, Lost wax molds, Blow molding, Tooling & Fixturing. 1997 Century Die Co. gave me the opportunity to advance from a Mold designer to a Project Engineer. After 20 years now I have become the senior most Mold Designer in our Engineering department. Hopefully many more to come!
I have always been around fabrication and tooling. I spent summers and weekends as a kid working with my dad who owned his own machine shop and was a farmer. Through these experiences I had grown a passion for both trades.
I have become an Engineer at Century Die; I went to school at University of Toledo and completed the MET program for my education. I started at Century Die as an assembler when I started going to school. I left for a year and then came back as an Engineer during my last year of school.
Ever since I was young, family and friends always call me when they have computer problems. I have always taken the challenge no matter how big or how small.
My journey into information technology began at Terra State Community College where I graduated with a degree in computer information systems. I began my career at Century Die as the IT Administrator where I continue to help others and expand my knowledge in the field.