Ronald Shanaver, National Account Manager Plumbing/ National User Group at Milwaukee Tool with PHCC Educational Foundation Chairman Craig Lewis

Milwaukee Tool Joins the PHCC Educational Foundation Board of Governors

October 16, 2018

Generous supporters of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association’s (PHCC) Educational Foundation, Milwaukee Tool has been named to the organization’s Board of Governors. This distinguished group – composed of leading contractors, manufacturers, and other industry partners who are major donors to the Foundation – is responsible for guiding the development of industry education and training programs for contractors and their employees.

Ronald Shanaver, National Account Manager Plumbing/ National User Group at Milwaukee Tool with PHCC Educational Foundation Chairman Craig Lewis
Ronald Shanaver, National Account Manager Plumbing/ National User Group at Milwaukee Tool with PHCC Educational Foundation Chairman Craig Lewis.

Milwaukee Tool is an industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, accessories and hand tools for professional users worldwide. Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the trades and continues to lead with a focus on providing innovative solutions to meet the needs of workers on professional jobsites.

Milwaukee Tool has proven itself as a supporter of workforce development in the plumbing-heating-cooling industry. Many PHCC chapter-run apprenticeship programs feature tool walls donated by the company, allowing apprentices to get valuable hands-on experience in the classroom before hitting the jobsite.

The company has been a long-time, major supporter of the PHCC Educational Foundation’s National Apprentice Contests and the national SkillsUSA Plumbing Championships. Their sponsorships have helped the Foundation to expand the apprentice competitions and the generous contributions of tool prizes for the participants have helped to raise the competitive level of the apprentices working to claim the top honors.

This year Milwaukee Tool also made a major contribution to the Plumbing Apprentice Contest by donating twenty of their M18 Force Logic Press Tools and jaw kits, with a retail value exceeding $60,000 total. This gift will allow the competitors to gain experience and prove their skill with making press connections during the plumbing competition.

Milwaukee Tool became a PHCC Corporate Partner in 2016, and then in early 2018 made the decision to join the Foundation Board of Governors. This marks a powerful commitment to improving the trades by making a long-term investment in the Foundation’s educational mission. Their gift will help to grow the permanent endowment that funds the Foundation’s future educational program development.

“Milwaukee Tool is the ideal manufacturer supporter for the Foundation,” reports Foundation Chair Craig Lewis. “It takes more than just contractors working to improve our industry. We rely on manufacturers who share our desire to find, train and equip apprentices and technicians with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful.  I am very happy to have Milwaukee Tool as the newest member of the Foundation Board of Governors.”

About PHCC Educational Foundation

The PHCC Educational Foundation, a partnership of contractors, manufacturers, and wholesalers, was founded in 1987 to serve the plumbing-heating-cooling industry by preparing contractors and their employees to meet the challenges of a constantly changing marketplace. For more information, contact a member of the Foundation staff at 800-533-7694 or visit

About Milwaukee Tool

Milwaukee Tool, founded in 1924, is a global leader in delivering innovative solutions to the professional construction trades that offer increased productivity and unmatched durability. Whether it is through their world-leading M12™ and M18™ cordless systems, the ground-breaking performance of their M12 and M18 FUEL™ products, time-saving accessories, or innovative hand tool products, Milwaukee is dedicated to delivering a steady stream of advanced, trade-specific solutions. Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI) (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY). For more information on the full line of Milwaukee® products, please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit