Caonabo Delgado, Manufacturing Manager for Reaction Injection Molding Company, Exothermic Molding, was awarded the Next-Generation Leadership Award by NJBIZ for its first New Jersey Manufacturing Awards 2014 event on Oct. 3. The event, held in conjunction with the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, honored producers of innovation including companies and professionals who create products and jobs in the Garden State.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” Delgado said. “It is seldom that one is acknowledged for the hard work and insights that are part of managing and growing a small manufacturing company. More importantly, this award sends a message to young talent considering a future career that manufacturing is alive, well and full of potential.”
Manufacturers and business leaders from all over New Jersey joined NJBIZ and NJMEP for the event as part of an agenda filled with activity making up the Third Annual National Manufacturing Day. Delgado’s award is from one of ten award categories that day, and recognizes the individual who has demonstrated potential to make a significant impact as a leader in the future of New Jersey manufacturing.
“We are proud at Exothermic Molding to have Caonabo receive this honor. It is a direct reflection of his contribution to the growth of our company, and plans for our future as a world class producer of goods,” observed Paul Steck, President of the reaction injection molding company. “Caonabo’s acumen has been pivotal in making us a company whose customers recently rated us outstanding in several key metrics.”
Mr. Delgado’s education and career have been devoted to the manufacturing industry. Attending Rutgers University, he graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ceramics and Materials, later earning an MBA from DeVry University in 2008 while focusing his future on manufacturing management. He has furthered his knowledge and efficacy by earning certifications in 5S, Lean Manufacturing, ISO, and Velocity Production Scheduling.
His influence on the company’s manufacturing practices yielded quantifiable results in the growth of Exothermic Molding. Most importantly, he recognizes and rigorously advocates the manufacturing sector as a viable arena for progress and advancement. Each year, for the past 13 years, he donates his time regularly speaking to students at the Union City High School about Engineering and the possibilities of a career in science and technology.
“I believe it is very important to give back to the community and let youth know that the future can be what they make of it,” he offers. “If I can get through to just one student about manufacturing, then I know that there will be one more person out there to keep the industry vital.”
When asked about his plans in manufacturing now that he has established this hallmark, he responds: “that’s simple – I am going to follow the advice of one of my mentors. Always be a solution, not an obstacle.”
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