ACMA honored innovation, research and dedicated industry volunteers at CAMX – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo.

For the past 21 years, ACMA's Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) have recognized the superior product and process achievements that help bring the composites industry to the forefront of innovation. The products, equipment and processes that receive this distinguished recognition have made a significant impact within the composites market and demonstrate a proven understanding of the industry.

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In addition to honoring industry innovations with the ACE awards, ACMA also recognized the exceptional people who have played a great role in advancing the field of composites.

The Outstanding Volunteer Award is given to ACMA members who have contributed significant volunteer time and effort to achieve positive results on behalf of the industry through service to ACMA. The 2014 ACMA Outstanding Volunteer Award winners are:

The ACMA Hall of Fame honors those who have attained distinction among their peers through their efforts, involvement and accomplishments in the composites industry and its associations. The 2014 ACMA Hall of Fame inductees are:

The Chairman's Award is an ACMA tradition, chosen by the chairman of the ACMA board. Current chairman Jay Merrell gave the award to Bill Kreysler of Kreysler & Associates and to Monty Felix of Alaglas Swimming Pools for their enthusiasm, creativity, leadership and dedication to ACMA and the composites industry.

ACMA's Lifetime Achievement Award is given to someone who has been involved in the composites industry for at least 20 years, who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the industry. The 2014 ACMA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dave Mohnke, Chairman of E-T-M Enterprises.

An FRP pioneer, Mohnke began his career at Oldsmobile, where he became a Journeyman wood model maker. He then became General Manager of Eaton Model and Pattern, a tooling shop supporting Dow/Smith Corp. in Ionia, Mich. There he developed and produced the hood and rear deck composite molds for the 1967 Boss Mustang; these were the first low-volume automotive cold-molded FRP parts. Mohnke also tooled and produced the rear spoiler for American Motors "Troy Donahue" Trans-Am race car. Seeing the potential for cold molding, Mohnke launched E-T-M Enterprises in 1970. In the early years, Mohnke and his team refined the process and developed specific criteria for producing closed-mold, matched, laminate molds used in the Cold Mold process. Mohnke also spent those early years evangelizing customers and prospects on the value and viability of cold molding. For more than 40 years, E-T-M grew steadily, working for customers in a variety of industries. Starting from a workforce of one in his garage more than forty years ago, Mohnke now operates a composites business that has employed thousands of people and is a valued customer and supplier in the composites industry.

E-T-M has been the largest employer in Grand Ledge, Mich. for more than 30 years. Mohnke and his company have enjoyed an illustrious history of achievement. In 1971, E-T-M produced the largest compression molded part (120 pounds) in the country, the Diamond Reo roof. He instituted an apprentice program at E-T-M in 1972, graduating 27 Journeymen. In 1973, E-T-M produced all the composite tooling for the Bricklin (sports car) and provided training in the Cold Mold process to the Bricklin plant in Minto, New Brunswick, Canada. E-T-M molded the first Integral Sleeper Cab Roof for Volvo Truck in 1986 and partnered with Freightliner in 1992 to develop their first SkyRise Sleeper Roof, the first for the heavy truck industry. In 2008, the company expanded into wind energy with a new production facility supporting Siemens Wind Power.

Mohnke is action-oriented, passionate and a tireless proponent of composites. He has taken his leadership capabilities into his community where he has held responsible management positions with a number of community and charitable organizations. He has presented at numerous industry conferences over the course of 40 years.

"Our ACE and ACMA award winners exemplify the spirit of our association," said Jay Merrell, Chair of the ACMA board and Vice President, Norplex-Micarta. "I'd like to congratulate all of the award winners today for representing the innovation and leadership found throughout ACMA. Together, we are truly shaping the future of the composites industry."

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