2020 – Chad Wehrs
1997 Machine Tooling Graduate
Chad Wehrs is the owner of Wehrs Machine and Racing Products in Bangor. He is a strong advocate for career and technical education in the area.
Wehrs has long had a passion for vehicles, a tradition that runs in his family. Since childhood, Wehrs was building vehicle parts in his father’s garage. His passion continued through high school and into adulthood at Western Technical College, where he enrolled in the Machine Tooling program in 1995. Following graduation in 1997, he used his life savings to purchase equipment in designing and creating vehicle parts and products. He set up his business in the same building where his grandfather and brother began the Wehrs Chevy dealership in 1935. Today, Wehrs Machine and Racing Products provides vehicle parts for racers around the world.
After 23 years, his business remains strong and recognized throughout the world. As a proud Western alum, Wehrs employs several grads at his own business. He is passionate about technical education in our area, and is a strong advocate for Western Technical College.
- 2019 – Mao Kong
- 2018 - Bernadine “Bernie” Hornby
- 2017 - Robert Abraham
- 2016 - Diane (Forde) Raaum
- 2015 - Kyle Bakkum
- 2014 - Jeff Wieser and Brian Wieser
- 2013 - Mary Jo Klos
- 2012 - Rose and Lester "Mike" Levendoski
- 2011 - Joel Guberud
- 2010 - Harold Coppernoll
- 2009 - Lisa Thill
- 2008 - Richard Westpfahl
- 2007 - Debra Lash
- 2005 - Richard Walz
- 2003 - Terry Rydberg and Keith Steenlage
- 2002 - Mike Sexauer and Kathy Foust
- 2001 - Jeff Komay and Cinda Vingers
- 2000 - Don Jobe and Lynn Smyrk
- 1999 - Kevin Kobishop and Karen Long
- 1998 - Karl "Butch" Halverson
- 1997 - Jim Timm
- 1996 - Dick Fox
If you would like more information about the past recipients visit https://community.westerntc.edu/DistinguishedAlumni or please contact the Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-789-6083.