New Plastics Engineering Company Center for Engineering Studies to open October 1

Dedication Ceremony and reception open to public
By UW-Sheboygan

The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan invites the Sheboygan community to join the campus as it celebrates the grand opening of the campus’ newest academic building, the Plastics Engineering Company Center for Engineering Studies, on Thursday, October 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

 The celebration will start at 4:30 p.m. October 1 in the lower level of the Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Science Building, where a Dedication Ceremony with various speakers will be held, followed by a ribbon cutting.

 All guests will then be welcomed into the new Engineering Building until 6:30 p.m. to enjoy student-led classroom and lab tours, along with engineering equipment demonstrations. Engineering students from UW-Sheboygan and UW-Washington County will be on hand to demonstrate and showcase a human-powered vehicle chassis and an eight-legged, wind-powered, walking machine project.

 A reception with food and refreshments will be available in the Brotz Science building lower level lounge throughout the event.

 The new 7,200-square-foot building provides a state-of-the-art lab environment for students studying mechanical and electrical engineering in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s onsite Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical) degree program. Specifically, the $1.4+ million building offers a:

  • Mechanical Engineering Lab
  • Electrical Engineering Lab
  • Projects Lab
  • High Tech classroom
  • Three offices, and
  • Hallway group study areas.

Other state-of-the-art equipment available to students in the new building includes a wind tunnel, pump test trainer, flow meter loop, A/C refrigeration loop and an electrical dynometer.

The engineering building is a reality due to the generosity of the Sheboygan County Board of Supervisors and donors Plastics Engineering Company (PLENCO), the Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation and Curt G. Joa, Inc. The UW-Sheboygan Foundation spearheaded a major fundraising campaign to secure the private donations needed to help construct the building.

The Sheboygan County Board of Supervisors have shown strong support for the UW-Sheboygan campus and local higher education with the construction of now three major buildings in the last 11 years on the UW-Sheboygan campus, in addition to the remodeling of many classroom and office spaces. Since 2004, three new academic buildings have been added to the campus, including the Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Science Building, the ACUITY Technology Center and now the Plastics Engineering Company for Engineering Studies.

Enrollment continues to grow in the UW-Platteville degree program, with nearly 70 UW-Sheboygan students listing Engineering as a major with many students already matriculating into the UW-Platteville program. The first collaborative program student graduated in December 2013.

For more information about UW-Sheboygan or the Engineering program or dedication ceremony, please contact Carrie Hoppe, UW-Sheboygan Director of Marketing and Communications at, or visit



Carrie Hoppe, UW-Sheboygan Marketing and Communications Director