Janeczko Pledge

Charllotte and Bob Janeczko pledge is helping students who are majoring in plastics engineering

Plastics engineering wasn’t offered when Charllotte and Bob Janeczko attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the 1960s, but their generosity will help ensure that students for decades to come will have that option. Charllotte, who graduated in 1965 in home economics education, is a retired teacher and homemaker. Bob, graduated in 1963 with a degree in technology education. Bob and Charllotte have been married for 44 years, together they have four children.

The Janeczkos have pledged in excess of $1 million to be used in the form of scholarships for students majoring in plastics engineering. “This is a unique institution,” Bob said of UW-Stout.

The donation is their way of providing long-term support for UW-Stout and strengthening a growing career field, one that has been good to them. “If you’re successful, we believe you have an obligation to give back in a meaningful way,” said Bob.

The Janeczkos bought Innovative Injection Technologies, also known as i2tech, in 2003. The company, which has 150 employees, engineers plastic components and subassemblies in West Des Moines, Iowa.

“We made our money in plastics, and we’re glad to be able to help young people with a career in this great industry,” said Bob, a Chicago native who also has been an executive with Morton Metalcraft and John Deere and a professor of industrial technology at Western Illinois University.

“We wanted to leave a legacy. It’s a positive way to be remembered,” said Charllotte, who grew up in Rosendale, near Fond du Lac.

The Janeczkos’ initial donation of $200,000, using estate planning tools, will ultimately yield an endowment worth more than $750,000. For the next 20 years, until the endowment matures and becomes self-sustaining, they also pledged $15,000 a year — or $300,000 — to fund the annual student scholarships.