Bucyrus Foundation donates $250,000 for Bradley Tech welding lab

Special to The Freeman

March 27, 2014

MILWAUKEE – A $250,000 from the Bucyrus Foundation will provide for an expansion of the welding lab at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Harry and Lynde Bradley Technology and Trade High School.

The district announced Wednesday the donation was made to the Bradley Tech Foundation. The Bucyrus Foundation is a donor-advised fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

“We’re proud to offer welding in a number of our high schools including Bradley Tech,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said in a statement. “This generous donation to expand the welding lab at Bradley Tech helps more students explore this career pathway as we seek to prepare graduates to be college and career ready.”

In addition to adding four welding stations, Bucyrus will contribute to the operations of the welding department during 2015 and 2016.

“The Bucyrus Foundation is committed to keeping the Bucyrus name associated with efforts to promote manufacturing in the Milwaukee community. In this spirit, the Bucyrus Foundation’s trustees are thrilled that Bradley Tech is expanding its welding facilities to meet new student demand,” said Tim Sullivan, Bucyrus Foundation director and president/CEO of Gardner Denver, in a statement. “We are particularly enthused that student demand has created the impetus for this expansion. The message that manufacturing is a good and noble profession providing family sustaining income is finally getting through to the youth in our community. These young people will become tomorrow’s welders throughout greater Milwaukee. I welcome them to a great future in our industry.”