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Posted:  04 Jun 2015 17:28   Last Edited By: Jaco Manufacturing Company
We have customer's molds that haven't been used in years. Our intention is to have follow-ups with our customer's for these "retired" molds to see if they have any intention of running again. If not, we want to ship it back to the customer. We've had trouble of getting some customers get back with us, forcing us to have to leave these molds on our shelves, using up valuable space as more accumulate.

What would be a realistic expiration date for the customer to respond to us to have their mold shipped back to them before we dispose of it?
Posted:  09 Jun 2015 13:54
Please visit this blog posting as there is a great deal of information about your topic. ...

If you have any questions or need additional help, just post to your new thread and I will connect you with others who have taken action on Mold Disposal.

Troy Nix
Posted:  10 Jun 2015 14:28   Last Edited By: Jaco Manufacturing Company

I'm looking for some disposal information that is more recent. Is there any information that you can provide me with that follows tool disposal regulations closer to 2015 and in the state of Ohio, or are the disposal specifications on the link you provided the most up-to-date?

Thanks for your valuable feedback!
Posted:  10 Jun 2015 15:00
I don't believe any changes have occurred to the information included in the link about mold disposal in the State of Ohio has changed; however, I have reached out to Alan Rothenbuecher, lead attorney for Ice Miller, to provide input on this issue. 

Troy Nix
Posted:  10 Jun 2015 18:27
The rules for disposal/sale of molds has not changed in Ohio since I last wrote about it.  To summarize, here is your plan:

1.  If you are still owed money by the customer, then you can sell the mold and apply the sale proceeds to the debt the customer owes you.  Alternatively, you can sell as scrap and apply any money you receive to the debt.  In such a case, send a letter to the last known address you have for the customer telling the customer you are going to scrap or sell the mold and apply the money you receive to the debt the customer owes.  Keep a copy of the letter in your file (even if returned because the customer is now out of business).

2.  If the customer does not owe you any money, then just write a letter (sending to last known address) stating:  "We have in our possession several molds owned by you.  Those molds [identify the molds by number or part name] have been inactive for several  years.  If we do not hear from you within 30 days, we will make arrangements to dispose of the molds and invoice you for the costs associated with such disposal."   By saying that, you provide ample notice for them to act, and you leave open to either scrap the molds or sell them.  Then, go ahead and get rid of the molds as you deem most economical to you.  If you sell them, deduct from the sale proceeds a reasonable fee for past storage, and send the excess (if any) to the customer.  But, if the customer no longer exists, just keep the sale proceeds. 

If you have any other questions, please let me know.

Alan Rothenbuecher (216) 394-5075
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