News Release

Published on Thursday, May 06, 2010

Western Technical College’s Alumni Association presented this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Harold Coppernoll, owner of Coppernoll Mechanical Design in Ixonia, Wis. Coppernoll will be presented with his award during a special reception prior to Western’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 14. He will also be the keynote speaker during the ceremony.

Coppernoll, formerly of Richland Center, Wis., is a 1992 graduate of Western Technical College’s Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration program. After graduation, he worked for an engineering firm in Milwaukee, then as a plumbing designer in Oconomowoc, Wis. In April 2005, he and his son started Coppernoll Mechanical Design, a company that specializes in process and storage heating and cooling for the food industry.

Now, his company does business in 29 states and has provided services for food manufacturers such as Fair Oaks Farms, Smithfield Foods, Usinger Meats, and Sargento Cheese. Other clients include large condominium complexes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, schools, and grocery stores.

“Instructors and staff at Western remember Harold as being a great guy,” said Sally Emerson, alumni relations coordinator at Western. “He had an incredible work ethic and despite barriers in his life, he was diligent and got the most out of his educational opportunities. When he graduated, he got one of the best jobs being offered at the time. That same diligence and commitment has gotten him to where he is today.”

Western’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes dedicated service to the community or nation, leadership, personal growth and achievement, professional achievement, and contributions to the Western district. Past recipients include Lisa Thill, Rich Westpfahl, Deb Lash, Dick Walz, Keith Steenlage, Terry Rydberg, Michael Sexauer, Kathy Foust, Jeff Komay, Cinda Vingers, Donald Jobe, Lynn Smyrk-Lenz, Kevin Kobishop, Karen Long, Karl “Butch” Halverson, Jim Timm, and Dick Fox.

For more information on Western’s Alumni Association or to submit a nomination for the Distinguished Alumni Award, call 608.789.6083. To learn more about Western programs and services, call 608.785.9200 or visit our website at