Brenton donates $75,000 to new Alexandria school
Brenton, a local packaging machinery manufacturer, announced that it will donate $75,000 to the Alexandria Area High School Technology Academy. The financial contribution during the construction phase of the new facility will support precision machining equipment not currently available to the students in the referendum funding.
Funding for the donation comes from Brenton’s parent company, Pro Mach, Inc. At the heart of Pro Mach’s values is being a strong corporate citizen and supporter of communities in which it operates.
“We are a firm believer in giving back to the community in which we operate and are excited to invest in the Alexandria community to support the growth of technology, education and our industry,” said Mark Anderson, Pro Mach president and CEO.
In 2011, voters in the Alexandria school district voted in favor of a $65 million referendum to replace the existing high school. In addition to the new facility, the school district will implement an academy approach to learning at the high school level.
The academy model allows for students to choose from three primary areas of interest: engineering and technology, health and human services and business and communication.
“I extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the hardworking employees of Brenton. Their commitment to quality workmanship and customer satisfaction every day help make it possible for our company to donate,” said Ryan Kirksey, general manager of Brenton. “We are pleased to help the Alexandria Area High School Technology Academy with the most charitable donation possible.”
As Brenton’s business has expanded over the years, so has its community support. In 2013, Brenton, along with support from Pro Mach, was able to fund 25 financial gifts to support the local YMCA – Phase II Capital campaign, and programs including the Harmon Killebrew Hospice Foundation, United Way, and local area school activities.
Other initiatives also supported by Brenton include the annual Brenton Scholarship program to recognize outstanding academic achievement among children of employees and also materials and expertise for a variety of community projects ranging from mentoring local robotics teams to providing a new stainless steel countertop at the local Elks lodge.
BRENTON ENGINEERING Brenton designs, manufactures and integrates a wide-range of end-of-line packaging equipment. Brenton is a packaging industry leader in servo-technology applications and integrating automated solutions for complex packaging needs.
Brenton is powered by Pro Mach, a Cincinnati, Ohio based provider of integrated packaging products and solutions for food, beverage, household goods, pharmaceutical and other diverse consumer and industrial companies.