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MCTC–Thermo King Partnership

MCTC and Thermo King receive $300,000 grant for partnership

Thermo King President Ray Pittard and MCTC President Phil DavisMCTC was awarded $300,000 by the Department of Employment and Economic Development Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to develop and implement lean process improvement training. The training will be delivered to more than 550 engineering, design and management staff at Minnesota-based Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. The grant also includes collaborative internships for MCTC students to help ensure a prepared future workforce.

MCTC will manage the Thermo King partnership grant which will take place over the next 36 months. “The commitment between the two organizations demonstrates how corporations and educational institutions can partner to increase business efficiency resulting in positive economic impacts,” said Ray Pittard, president of Thermo King. “This grant supports Thermo King’s lean culture transformation to better serve customers across North America.”

“Thermo King is an important employer in my district, providing high-paying skilled jobs and product base that helps drive Minnesota’s economy,” said State Representative Linda Slocum. “Implementation of the grant will accelerate Thermo King’s ability to meet and exceed customer needs, provide new, highly-innovative products, improve concept to market productivity, reduce product costs and increase profitability.”

The grant also focuses on developing future professionals through workplace learning. MCTC Architectural Technology program students will redesign work cubicles into collaborative work space to improve response time, stimulate work product creativity, de-siloing of departmental work processes and improving productivity.

“MCTC is a tremendous asset to the state, delivering a high-quality education to Minneapolis and adjacent communities,” said District 61 Minnesota State Senator D. Scott Dibble. “The college serves more than 14,000 students and is among the most diverse colleges in the state, with 53 percent of the student body coming from communities of color.”

According to MCTC President Phil Davis, this program is an opportunity for MCTC and Thermo King to further develop their partnership which strengthens our community through business and educational development.

About Ingersoll Rand:

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Thermo King manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results.