Caterpillar donates $40,000 to South Milwaukee High School

Funds used to purchase new CNC machine

Caterpillar made a $40,000 donation to the Technology & Engineering department at South Milwaukee High School, which used the funds to purchase a new CNC milling machine.

The donation from Caterpillar will also be used to fund the future purchase of a 3D printer, design laptops, field trips, engineering kits, and professional development opportunities for teachers. The equipment will be used to create a new rapid prototype lab for students to manufacture their design projects.

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South Milwaukee High School used funds donated by Caterpillar to purchase a CNC machine.

Caterpillar sponsors and their engineers lead South Milwaukee High School’s FIRST Robotics Team.

Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar Inc. has a significant presence in South Milwaukee. As of the end of the second quarter, the company had 800 production and office employees in South Milwaukee and 1,300 total employees in Wisconsin.

In October, the company announced to its employees that it plans to close its Oak Creek corporate office complex and move the 250 jobs there to South Milwaukee in the first half of 2016. The positions that will be relocating include salaried professionals who work in finance, human resources, legal and marketing. Many of those jobs were previously based in South Milwaukee at 1100 Milwaukee Ave., a Caterpillar facility that was formerly the headquarters of Bucyrus International Inc.

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Andrew Weiland
Andrew Weiland is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, Weiland is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, and son, Zachary. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys coaching his son’s youth baseball and basketball teams.