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Donaldson Foundation Awards Grant
to Elmwood High School
Technology Education Department

Grant provides updated welding equipment to help close skill gap

Donaldson Foundation provided the Elmwood School District of Wisconsin with an $11,877.00 grant to purchase new welding equipment for its Technology Education department. The grant provides funding for three tungsten inert gas (TIG) welders, consumables for each machine (solid wire, tips, tungsten, and filler metal), and welding booth curtains. This equipment will give students the opportunity to work safely with equipment that is being used in the industry and at the local technical colleges. The district’s goal is to train more students in higher level welding applications, attract more students to the department, and help drive more students to work in the welding industry.*

MINNEAPOLIS (May 3, 2024) — Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), a leading worldwide provider of innovative filtration products and solutions, granted nearly $12,000 to the Elmwood School District of Wisconsin, addressing the school’s need for updated welding equipment and associated safety supplies.

“The Elmwood School District is thrilled to have the opportunity to update the metals lab equipment,” said Ryan Schneider, Technical Education Teacher at Elmwood School District. “The three additional tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding machines will give students a chance to learn new skills on up-to-date equipment, providing them with the technical experience that is in high demand with manufacturing employers, such as Donaldson.”

The grant was made possible by the Donaldson Foundation, a volunteer employee-led foundation, which supports organizations and programs that further educational initiatives.

"Helping students learn and gain access to the technologies offered in programs such as Elmwood’s welding class is a priority for Donaldson, especially as the manufacturing industry struggles to fill open welding positions with qualified, skilled employees. Grants such as this can help connect skilled employees with employers, as well as aid in closing the skills gap."

Sarah Swenson, President, Donaldson Foundation

In addition to the grant, a partnership has formed between the Donaldson Baldwin facility and Elmwood School District, enabling Donaldson employees to learn more about the school’s metals classes and welding needs, as well as introduce students to the career opportunities that exist in manufacturing. Schneider added, “We appreciate Donaldson’s support, as we were even able to test our welding skills by creating a ‘Forged in Fire’ event with students making homemade axes from welding coupons (aka test weld pieces) donated by the Donaldson Baldwin, Wisconsin facility, which manufactures air filtration systems for industrial and mobile applications.

About Elmwood School District

The Elmwood School District is a public school that serves grades K-12 in Elmwood, Pierce County, Wisconsin. The Elmwood School District has been around since the late 1800s. Additional information is available at

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*Pictured L to R: (Back Row) Ryan Schneider, Technical Education Teacher; Matt Woiwode, Donaldson Baldwin Production Manager; Tom Sauve, Elmwood MS/HS Principal; Kale Rud; Lane Duden; Skylar Fisher; Austin Krenz; Jackson Neubauer; Doltin Yoder; Jayden Roach; Jolyn Stacy (Donaldson Foundation Director); Glenn Webb, Elmwood School District Superintendent; (Front Row) Crystal Komro, Donaldson Baldwin HR Manager; Jayden Obermueller; and Seth Loga