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Phillips-Medisize named WTCS Futuremaker Partner

March 16, 2017 | Conor Smyth

PHOTO: Dave Thoreson, Phillips-Medisize VP and General Manager, North America Medical Solutions Division, addresses those gathered Tuesday evening. [High-resolution photo of Thoreson and WTCS Board President John Schwantes available here.]

Eau Claire, WI - The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) honored Phillips-Medisize Corporation Tuesday evening for its commitment to technical college education. The WTCS Futuremaker Partner award recognizes the unique and dynamic partnerships between Wisconsin's technical colleges and their employer partners.

"We’re pleased to honor Phillips-Medisize,” said John Schwantes, WTCS Board President. “The Futuremaker Partners include many of Wisconsin's leading companies. It’s evident the leadership at Phillips-Medisize supports students and has a true appreciation for the role our colleges play in their success."

Phillips-Medisize was the first company to utilize CVTC’s new 17-credit Manufacturing Quality Technical Diploma program, making it a mandatory credential for advancement in the company’s Quality Division. The company currently has 24 students enrolled in the program, fully funding each employee’s tuition, fees, materials, and providing regular company pay for class time. CVTC offers the program, with credits that build directly into CVTC’s Engineering Technologist Associate Degree, at its Menomonie campus to accommodate Phillips-Medisize.

“Phillips-Medisize is honored to receive this award and looks forward to continuing to partner with CVTC for many years. We continue to invest in our processes, facilities, and most of all our people, to support the needs of our customers today and in the future. We hire team-oriented individuals with a passion for excellence and who treat others with mutual respect, and we commit to continuously training our people to improve our capabilities. CVTC is an important partner for us in this endeavor,” commented Matt Jennings, Phillips-Medisize Chairman, CEO and President.

CVTC President Bruce Barker praised the college’s close partnership with Phillips-Medisize, pointing to the company’s sponsorship of student scholarships and reliable involvement in various college events. “The company has also hired many, many CVTC graduates over the years,” Barker said.

Phillips-Medisize is an important part of the local economy with 1,115 employees within the CVTC district, part of total employment of 2,224 in Wisconsin and 4,300 world-wide.

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 400 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized business solutions and technical assistance to Wisconsin employers. More than 300,000 individuals access the technical colleges each year. Download logo

Phillips-Medisize is a global-leader in outsource design, development and technology-driven manufacturing. With unparalleled experience in advanced molding and assembly, Phillips-Medisize has become a dominant force in the medical device and diagnostics, drug delivery, primary pharmaceutical packaging, and commercial markets. Phillips-Medisize Corporation is headquartered in Hudson, WI and employs over 4,300 people in 17 production locations throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and China. The company also operates a global design network with hubs in Hudson, WI and Struer, Denmark, supported by a global network in North America, Europe and China.