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Grainger Donation To Study Ways To Lower Manufacturing Costs

WISC-TV in Madison, Wisconsin is reporting that Grainger has given the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s School of Engineering the largest single donation in school history.

The TV station’s website reports The Grainger Foundation gave the school $25 million on Monday, June 15.

That money will be used to create a new institute that will focus on advanced manufacturing and researching new materials that can help lower the cost of making products.  As a result of the donation, the School of Engineering will hire 25 new faculty members.

School of Engineering Dean Ian Robertson said the advances that will be made at the institute will spur economic growth in the United States.

“We will start three new research areas. We’ll hire clusters of faculty to go in those research areas, and hopefully that will position us well for the future,” Robertson said.

School of Engineering staff members said the additional programs and funding at the institute will give students and researchers a platform to explore and develop new concepts.

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