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Mark Brueggemann

Mark Brueggemann
Molding Operations Manager
Thermoset, Inc.

10605 N. Baehr Road
Mequon, WI 53024


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  • Manufacturing

Mark Brueggemann began his career in the craft of Tool & Die making in 1965 with an apprenticeship at Zuelzke Tool & Engineering in Milwaukee. After four years of on-the-job apprentice training, he graduated as a Journeyman Tool & Die Maker. This began a 46-year career which culminated as president of Moldcraft Tool & Design in Saukville, Wis. In March 2011, Brueggemann accepted a position at Thermoset, Inc. to over-see their tooling requirements. Thermoset is a Mequon, Wis., based manufacturer that supplies parts and components to the Automotive, Truck, Industrial, Agricultural, Home Appliance and Outdoor Product markets.

Can you imagine a time when there were no calculators, personal computers, laptops or cell phones? It wasn’t that long ago that these products didn’t exist. Each of these items has a common denominator, they require a Tool & Die Maker to design and build the molds that make the parts. The industry has evolved, now with a heavy reliance on CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) technology in the design and manufacture of molds today. As a toolmaker, Mark Brueggemann reviews the high demand for young workers to learn these skills through Apprenticeship programs that provide on-the-job training. (Running Time 22:11)