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Integrated Manufacturing Center to be named in honor of Terry Lutz

Former Signicast owner a staunch supporter of WCTC, technical education

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PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Thursday, May 17, 2018) – On Tuesday, May 22, at 5 p.m., Waukesha County Technical College’s Integrated Manufacturing Center (IMC) will be officially renamed the Terry Lutz Integrated Manufacturing Center at a special dedication ceremony held in the center/Industrial Building.

The dedication will feature presentations by Kaylen Betzig, WCTC president; Mike Shiels, School of Applied Technologies dean; and Ellen Phillips, WCTC Foundation president. Participants will be able to tour the center, see cutting-edge equipment in action, and view student projects from the machining, automation, and tool and die areas. Lutz will also receive a special gift to commemorate the event.

Lutz, former owner of Signicast Corp., has long been a staunch supporter of technical education and its positive impact on the manufacturing industry. In fall 2017, he donated $2 million to enhance and expand the IMC. He also donated $800,000 for new training equipment, including an automated manufacturing cell, fabrication lab and inspection equipment. Additionally, he donated $40,000 for summer camps and high school teacher training, with the hope of getting younger students interested in manufacturing and arming their teachers with the education needed to train students.

“It is such an honor for me to work with Terry because of his amazing vision for technical education,” Shiels said. “He has in-depth knowledge of the equipment needed for training, and knows that it takes a multiple-pronged approach to attract new talent into the many great career opportunities in manufacturing.”

Because of Lutz’s generosity, Shiels said planning is underway to continue expansion of the center, which will include a 10,000 square-foot addition for more classroom and lab space, to further enhance WCTC’s advanced manufacturing programs.

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