$100,000 donation brings UW-Platteville closer to goal

May 24, 2017
A.Y. McDonald check presentation

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – After a $100,000 donation from A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing Company, located in Dubuque, Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is nearing its $2 million goal to support its first endowed faculty chair.

“A.Y. McDonald has a long history of employing graduates from UW-Platteville, and this donation will help to continue that tradition,” Andy Shea, director of quality assurance at A.Y. McDonald, said. “We are very proud of our long association with UW-Platteville and this contribution only strengthens that bond going forward.”

The chair, created to support the Foundry Educational Foundation Key Professor in Industrial Studies Metals Process Technology program, was announced on Oct. 21, 2016. FEF, out of Schaumburg, Illinois, led the campaign for this endowment.

Dr. Kyle Metzloff, who has been with the university since 1998, was named UW-Platteville’s second FEF Key Professor. The FEF Key Professor works directly with students, the FEF, and metal casting industry leaders to provide well-trained and highly technical graduates. UW-Platteville is one of 20 institutions nationwide to have a FEF Key Professor.

“It’s a great honor that A.Y. McDonald chose UW-Platteville to partner with going forward,” Metzloff said. “They’ve been in business more than 150 years, and I’m confident they’ll have another 150 successful years.”

Metzloff also added that the endowment means a metalcasting professor will always be in place at UW-Platteville. This ensures that the university will continue to have the highest level of educational programming for future students.

Before A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing Company’s donation, more than $1.8 million had already been raised towards its goal.

“We need one final $100,000 donation to hit our $2 million goal,” Metzloff said. “I’m continuing to work with companies to help them see the benefits of partnering with the university. I’d like to think it’s in their own best interest.”

A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing Company was founded in 1856 and is a leading manufacturer of waterworks brass, plumbing valves, pumps and water systems, and high pressure gas valves and meter bars.

“We feel this donation will help to assure that future students will continue to have the opportunity to explore the foundry industry and find careers in it,” Shea said. “These students will be the ones to advance the foundry industry far beyond what it is today, which is very important to the future success of A.Y. McDonald.”


Written by: Amanda Bertolozzi, Writer/Editor, Communications, 608-342-7121, bertolozzia@uwplatt.edu

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