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PLASTEC West 2019
February 5-7, 2019

PLASTEC West 2019

Have you booked your trip to PLASTEC West 2019? We're excited to be back after nearly 30 years! Visit us at booth #3876 and tell us about the injection molding and manufacturing challenges you're currently facing.

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Plastic Caps & Closures 2018
September 14, 2018

Plastic Caps & Closures 2018

The annual conference hosted by Plastic News features forward-thinking developments and critical discussions on issues of importance to the packaging industry. If you're planning to attend this year's event, we invite you to join our very own Sara Mortensen as she leads a session on choosing the best mold coatings and how this decision can impact your production ROI.

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Amerimold 2018
JUNE 13 - 14 | Booth #307

Amerimold 2018

Come meet the Bales team in person at Amerimold 2018! The annual tradeshow will be held from June 13-14 in Novi, Michigan and addresses the business development, best practices and networking interests of the plastic injection mold manufacturing industry. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your biggest challenges, questions and requirements around moldmaking. When registering for the show, Bales customers can use promo code EXHMT38 for a free Expo pass.

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Amerimold 2018
JUN 13 | 2018

Amerimold 2018

Come meet the Bales team in person at Amerimold 2018! The annual tradeshow will be held from June 13-14 in Novi, Michigan and addresses the business development, best practices and networking interests of the plastic injection mold manufacturing industry. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your biggest challenges, questions and requirements around moldmaking. 

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NPE 2018
MAY 7 | 2018

NPE 2018

Come meet the Bales team in person at NPE2018. Hosted by Plastics Industry Association, NPE is one of the leading plastics trade shows and will be held from May 7-11 in Orlando, Florida. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your biggest challenges, questions and requirements around plastics. When registering for the show, Bales customers can use promo code 47826 for a free Expo pass.

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PLASTEC Minneapolis
NOV 9 | 2017

PLASTEC Minneapolis

Come visit Bales at Booth #1042 at PLASTEC Minneapolis, Nov. 8-9 — part of the Midwest's largest advanced design and manufacturing event. Register for your free Expo badge using promo code INVITE, or get 20% off your conference pass.

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Amerimold 2017
JUN 14 | 2017

Amerimold 2017

Bales will be at Amerimold this year in Rosemont, Ill. Be sure to stop by to see them at booth #916.

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Women Breaking the Mold Networking Forum
MAY 1 | 2017

Women Breaking the Mold Networking Forum

Plastics News will host this inaugural professional development event for female executives in the plastics industry, featuring Stacey Bales as an expert panelist. This half-day conference will be held at the Westin Chicago Northwest hotel in Itasca, Ill., the day before the Plastics News Marketing Summit.

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Amerimold 2016
JUN 15 | 2016

Amerimold 2016

The show started off with a little glitch: the power went out due to a transformer issue, delaying the start for about 15 minutes. Dean teased Rich that it was his fault, since it was his first Amerimold show. Yes, we were full of fun and games at our booth — including raffling off an Xbox.

And, we have a winner ... congratulations to

Ryan Stuck from CK Technologies in Ohio!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Bales booth at Amerimold. We enjoyed seeing longtime industry friends … and meeting new ones!

Plastics News: Best Places to Work 2016
MAR 22 | 2016

Plastics News: Best Places to Work 2016

Stacey Bales and her sister, Sara Mortensen, have a unique relationship with their employees.

“A lot of them have seen us in diapers,” Stacey Bales said in a recent phone interview. “The majority of them have worked here 15 years or longer. Some of them grew up with us.”

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TMA Young Leaders Award
MAR 5 | 2016

TMA Young Leaders Award

Stacey Bales was selected to receive the first-ever Technology & Manufacturing Association's Young Leaders Award. Jim Carr, TMA's Chairman of the Board, said that Stacey was selected in recognition of her resilience, hard work and leadership at Bales Metal Surface Solutions and within the TMA. 

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17 Suburban Young Professionals honored
JAN 11 | 2016

17 Suburban Young Professionals honored

It was an evening for rising stars Thursday as 17 suburban businesspeople younger than 35 were honored at annual Suburban Young Professionals program, hosted by Daily Herald Business Ledger and its sponsoring partners.

Suburban Young Professionals
Bales Takes Home “What’s Your Story?” Award
NOV 5 | 2015

Bales Takes Home “What’s Your Story?” Award

Bales was one of five companies recognized by 25N Coworking for their success story of challenge, survival and how they make a difference in their workplace. The winner in the mid-size business category, Sara Mortensen, Bales Vice President, accepted the award on behalf of the Bales team.

Basecamp's "The Distance" Sept 10
OCT 13 | 2015

Basecamp's "The Distance" Sept 10

Stacey and Sara talk about being next generation manufacturing leaders.

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NBC/BizCast Interview
SEP 23 | 2015

NBC/BizCast Interview

Stacey talks Bales doubling sales in five years

Watch the CEO Spotlight Interview
Webinar: Mold Maintenance 101
JUL 20 | 2015

Webinar: Mold Maintenance 101

Check out our latest webinar!
Dean Tufano, Technical Services Manager at Bales Metal Surface Solutions, gives a useful breakdown in mold maintenance.

Click here to view or download the recording
Hooray for Harry:
JUN 30 | 2015

Hooray for Harry:

We're so proud! Bales' own Harry Raimondi, Technical Services Manager, has been named Moldmaker of the Year by the SPE / Mold Making and Mold Design Division.

We got him to talk about his 50-plus years in the business, starting as a moldmaker.

Click here to read all about Harry
Our President Featured on Making Chips Podcast
JAN 1 | 2015

Our President Featured on Making Chips Podcast

Making Chips is a podcast that explores key topics in metalworking and manufacturing. The hosts  Jim Carr & Jason Zenger recently featured an interview with Bales President, Stacey Bales.

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Bales President, Stacey Bales added to Women In Technology & Manufacturing Association Committee
JAN 1 | 2015

Bales President, Stacey Bales added to Women In Technology & Manufacturing Association Committee

The Women In Technology & Manufacturing Association Committee plans and implements programs for women Technology & Manufacturing Association members; promotes the interest of women in member companies and in the industry as a whole.

Stacey Bales, President of Bales Metal Surface Solutions, has recently been admitted into the Women In Technology & Manufacturing Association Committee.
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Bales is Honored at the Daily Herald Business Ledger's 25th Annual Awards for Business Excellence
MAR 11 | 2015

Bales is Honored at the Daily Herald Business Ledger's 25th Annual Awards for Business Excellence

Bales Metal Surface Solutions proudly accepted an Annual Award for Business Excellence in the family business category by The Daily Herald Business Ledger. Stacey Bales and Sara (Bales) Mortensen accepted the award on behalf of Bales.

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An Award Winning Brand
MAY 1 | 2015

An Award Winning Brand

Bales Receives Award of Distinction for Corporate Identity at the 2015 Communicator Awards!

We're very proud of our new logo and brand. This award is a testament to the theme of our rebranding: the constant progression of our company.

FREE WEBINAR DOWNLOAD
MAY 6 | 2015

FREE WEBINAR DOWNLOAD

Check out our latest webinar!
Harry Raimondi, the Technical Service Manager at Bales Metal Surface Solutions, explains the importance of coating aluminum for protection.

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In the News

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Products Finishing: A Conversation with Stacey Bales

Products Finishing: Bales Metal Surface Solutions Celebrates 40 Years

Crain's Chicago Business: The Kids Are in Charge

MoldMaking Technology: Watching for Wear

A Legacy of Innovation

MoldMaking Technology: Plating Improves Beryllium Copper Molds

Stacey Bales - Modern Day Rosie the Riveter

Sister Act: Stacey Bales & Sara Mortensen chart a fresh course for the family business

Local resident gifts $500 to SHS Applied Tech Department

Nickel coating provides protection for molds

Carrying On A Legacy Of Integrity And Innovation: A Profile On The Bales Girls

Mold Maker, Designer Recognized at Amerimold

SPE Honors Moldmaker and Mold Designer of the Year

Bales’ Metal Surface Solutions’ Harry Raimondi Named Moldmaker of the Year

2015 SPE Mold Maker and Mold Designer of the Year Award Winners Announced

A Successful Succession

Advice for Hitting the Moving Target of Succession Planning, Part 2

SPE Honors Steven J. Bales with Posthumous Moldmaker of the Year Award

Gaining an edge: Plating for longer mold life

Reflections on Business Succession and Lessons Learned

Expanding Aluminum’s Potential

Plating aluminum molds is big business for Bales Metal Surface Solutions

The ‘Bales Girls’ Are Making Dad Proud

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