Miller Partners with Fox Valley Technical College to Launch Its New Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center
APPLETON, Wis. — August 8, 2011 — Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has partnered with Fox Valley Technical College to launch its 26,000-square-foot, brand-new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Oshkosh, Wisc. This new facility is outfitted with the latest welding, cutting and fume extraction equipment, as well as fabrication and testing resources from Miller. Fox Valley Technical College built the facility with the goal of expanding its welding curriculum to train a new skilled welding workforce for the region’s rich manufacturing and fabrication industries, including shipbuilding, truck fabrication, and numerous foundries and manufacturers.
“This facility came about based on the needs of the community,” says Dr. Susan May, president, Fox Valley Technical College. “The metals manufacturing sector in the region was expressing that they simply did not have enough skilled welders and fabricators. We started working with a number of partners to find a way to quadruple our welding lab space, as well as our fabrication and robotics weld space. With this new facility and our partnership with Miller, we are now addressing that need. Fox Valley Technical College could not begin to deliver the high caliber of welding and metal fabrication it does without the support of Miller.”
“This partnership started with a unique problem we had 25 years ago,” says Mike Weller, president, Miller Electric Mfg. Co. and ITW Welding North America. “Our technology was changing and we needed new skill sets in the organization. We needed help with electrical and mechanical testing capabilities. The college put a full-time instructor in our facilities and we graduated 65 employees on that program. That to me showed a real partner and what they can do to help us. This new facility offers state-of-the art welding and cutting training for the workforce in the area. We understand each other’s needs — they help contribute to our success, and we contribute to their success. It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to make a difference.”