A local company has donated nearly $1 million to the Warren/Forest Economic Opportunities Council to benefit children over the last seven years.
Glenn Fegely, president, Ellwood National Forge; Michael Barrett, general manager, Ellwood National Crankshaft; and Clay Gross, vice president of Operations, Ellwood National Steel of the Irvine Industrial Complex, presented a check in the amount of $165,556 to Robert Raible, EOC executive director, for the pre-Kindergarten Scholarship program.
Since 2007, Ellwood has made similar contributions to the EOC under the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program for a total of $973,506.
Ellwood Chief Executive Officer David Barensfeld said, "We are pleased to continue support to such a worthy cause."
The funds from Ellwood are "what makes the program" and provide a "great first step for the children who would not otherwise be able to enjoy pre-school experience," Raible said. "The funds are given locally and they stay local."
Raible added that the scholarship program enabled 103 children in Warren and Forest counties to attend any of the 14 facilities participating this year.
All three autonomous business units are owned by Ellwood Group, Inc. and operate out of Irvine. They serve various segments of the domestic and global steel industry.