PEWAUKEE — The former president
and owner of Signicast Corporation, Walter (Terry) Lutz, donated on
Wednesday $2 million to Waukesha County Technical College. WCTC and
the WCTC Foundation announced that the donated money will go towards
enhancing and expanding the school’s Integrated Manufacturing
“Manufacturing is crucial to the success of the United States and
the American dream,” said Lutz.
The IMC and adjacent building will be named the “Terry Lutz
Integrated Manufacturing Center” in recognition of the donation.
WCTC officials are considering various facility enhancements to best
support student learning.
The Lutz Family Foundation also plans to commit $600,000 toward the
purchase of new training equipment. In February, the
foundation donated $188,000 to purchase an automated manufacturing
cell for the college’s Automation Systems Technology/ Robotics
Lutz, who holds a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering,
hired many WCTC graduates throughout his career with Hartford-based
“At Signicast, I had a firsthand view of the skills required of
employees who wish to become leaders in manufacturing,” said Lutz.
“I decided to make a sizable gift so the college’s Integrated
Manufacturing Center could have the most modern facilities and
WCTC Dean of Applied Technologies Mike Shiels said the gift will
have “an incredible impact” on the college’s advanced manufacturing
programs and students will benefit from the new equipment and
improvements to the facilities adjacent to the IMC.