Promotion follows five-year apprentice program in precision metal stamping

ALGONQUIN, Ill.— Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping recently announced the promotion of Adam Hoambrecker to tool and die maker after he successfully completed a five-year, 10,000-hour apprentice program in tool and die making.

Kenmode’s apprenticeship program in metal stamping is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. It encompasses tuition-reimbursed coursework in industrial manufacturing technology, engineering design, and technical mathematics at Elgin Community College, plus five years in a paid apprentice position with Kenmode. Four others are currently participating in the Kenmode apprentice program, the company said in a press release.

Each Kenmode apprentice is assigned to a mentor, and gains experience with a broad array of equipment involved in every step of tool and die making, which requires a high level of machining, mechanical, and mathematical abilities. Kenmode has offered an apprentice program for more than 50 years.

“Kenmode’s future depends on attracting top talent who are willing to acquire a very high skill level in precision machining,” said Kurt Moders, president, in the press release. “We are proud of Adam’s accomplishments throughout his apprenticeship and welcome him to one of the largest teams of tool and die makers in the industry.”

Hoambrecker credits an Elgin High School teacher for encouraging him to pursue a career in metalworking. “In manufacturing, the tool and die career is considered the top level to attain, so that was my target,” Hoambrecker said in the release. “Completing a new die that can run in production is very satisfying to me.”

According to Bob Denley, director of human resources, Kenmode is always looking for qualified candidates for the tool and die making apprenticeship program. People may enter the program directly after completing high school or after experience working with precision manual machinery, such as lathes, mills, and grinders. Candidates may send their resumes directly to Bob Denley at Kenmode at

Kenmode ( reports that it has built a reputation for strict adherence to uncompromised quality and performance standards in the manufacture of complex, high-precision custom metal stampings and assemblies. These stampings and assemblies are used in the automotive, electronics, consumer goods, insert molding, and medical device industries worldwide.

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