Phillips Plastics exec receives honorary degree

Phillips Plastics exec receives honorary degree

Robert F. Cervenka, chief executive officer of Phillips Plastics Corp., has been named to receive UW-Stout's honorary doctorate of science degree. The degree was presented to Cervenka during spring commencement ceremonies, May 11.

UW-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen said the honorary doctorate is presented to those who have reached the highest levels of achievement. This is only the third doctorate awarded since the university had this degree approved in 1989.

Cervenka founded Phillips Plastics Corp., a custom injection molder and decorator, in 1964 in Phillips. The corporation has 11 facilities located in Wisconsin, eight of which are manufacturing. The company employs 1,600 people, with sales of more than $110 million.

In 1987, Phillips Plastics initiated a diversification strategy resulting in the establishment of the Origen Group, which is currently made up of eight companies in development stages of incubation, rapid growth or expansion, adding approximately $25 million to annual sales.

Cervenka was graduated from University of Wisconsin in 1958, with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

He has served on several committees related to business and technology including the Industrial Liaison Council, UW-Madison; the Wisconsin Science and Technology Council; the Northern Wisconsin Technology Council; the Governor's Council of Science and Technology; the Education, Employment and Training Committee for the United States Chamber of Commerce; the Manufacturing Technology Transfer Board of Directors at UW-Stout; and the Steering Committee for Technology and Engineering for the UW System.

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