Willer Tool Corp. VP named Distinguished alumnus

June 6, 2013

From fdlreporter.com: “Mike Staral is named MPTC 2013 Distinguished Alumnus” — Mike Staral of West Bend has been named Moraine Park Technical College’s 2013 Distinguished Alumnus.

A 1978 graduate of Moraine Park’s Tool and Die Technologies Apprenticeship program, Staral serves as vice president at Willer Tool Corp., in Jackson.

A total of 65 percent of Willer Tool Corp.’s 60 employees are Moraine Park graduates.

“I’m Moraine Park’s biggest fan,” said Staral, who has three family members who are graduates of Wisconsin technical colleges.

He believes MPTC graduates are ready for immediate employment.

“They receive hands-on experience, learn to deal with others outside the classroom and are well prepared for the job field,” Staral said.

For 35 years Staral has helped grow Willer Tool Corp. from the six-person operation he originally joined to one of 60.

“We have three to six Moraine Park graduates going through the apprenticeship program,” Staral observed. “The industry is really strong. Right now I could place 20 graduates in the tool and die field within Washington County.”

Staral is also a member of the Moraine Park CNC/Tool and Die Technologies Advisory Committee and will become one of two new members on Moraine Park’s District Board in July.

As a CNC/Tool and Die Technologies Advisory Committee member, Staral and other industry experts, work with Moraine Park instructors to ensure students learn the industry’s most critical skills and use the latest technologies. Similarly, as a Moraine Park District Board member Staral works to make decisions about the budget and new program implementation.

“Manufacturing is big in Wisconsin, so we have to continue investment in programs, machines and tools,” he said.

A lifelong West Bend resident, Staral is president of Friends of West Bend Parks and serves on the West Bend Baseball Association Board of Directors and the West Bend Park and Recreation Commission.

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