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Tech College Board Recognizes Partnership with Thomas Precision, Inc.

July 11, 2016 | Conor Smyth

[Photo: Roger Norberg, President of Thomas Precision, and John Schwantes, President of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board.]

RICE LAKE, Wis. - The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board awarded its "Futuremakers Partner" award to Thomas Precision, Inc. on Tuesday evening, in partnership with Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC). The award recognizes the dynamic and enduring partnerships between Wisconsin's technical colleges and their community and employer partners.

Thomas Precision, located in Rice Lake, has been a leading manufacturer in the food processing industry for more than 30 years. The company custom engineers and manufactures food processing machine parts, as well as providing a broad array of replacement parts and service, and continues to expand its product line to meet customer needs in the rapidly evolving food processing sector.

"Two of our three original employees are WITC graduates," said Thomas Precision President Roger Norberg. "You start with a great foundation and endure with it. We're proud to have hired many more WITC grads over the years."

Thomas Precision has long been active in supporting technical education, and WITC specifically. The company has hosted tours for local school districts, participated in WITC’s Manufacturers Revealed events, supported WITC’s program advisory committees, as well as scholarships through the college’s Foundation. Thomas Precision currently employs many WITC grads, recently hiring one of its scholarship winners.

"We're very proud of this partnership," said WITC President John Will. "We appreciate that Thomas Precision actively and routinely supports our college, but more importantly, the entire community of Rice Lake."

"This is just the latest opportunity for us to recognize a great Wisconsin company,” said WTCS Board President John Schwantes. “Thomas Precision and WITC have an amazing partnership that was built to last. The result of that is positive for the entire community and region."