From l-r, Alex Peach, Trish Weisberg, Bruce Kesler, Chuck Oldaker, Liz Weisberg, Louis Weisberg, Brad D. Smith, Avinandan Mukherjee, Rosie Brydie and Ron Area.
Based in Culloden, West Virginia, Service Wire Company is giving back to the community in a big way, through a very large pledge to Marshall University. Below, a company official explains why they chose to do this.
Service Wire Company has committed $1 million in financial resources and wire and cable products to the Marshall University Foundation. The donation will be used to help fund the new state-of-the-art facility being built in Huntington, West Virginia, for the Lewis College of Business and Brad D. Smith Schools of Business.
“We are excited to expand upon an existing relationship with the university and the city of Huntington,” said Service Wire President and CEO Louis Weisberg. “We have a long-standing history partnering with Marshall University, and we are pleased to continue this legacy.”
Weisberg said that supporting the university benefits both entities. “Service Wire has always been committed to serving the communities in which our employees live and work. This dedication extends to educational institutions. By providing an outlet for our employees and their families to further their education and recruit new talent, we can better equip our growing workforce.”
The link with Marshall University has long been seen at Service Wire, Weisberg said. “We are proud to have Marshall University graduates in all departments across multiple locations, from accounting, sales and marketing to engineering, operations and executive management.” The university is about a half-hour drive away from Culloden.
Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation, echoed the importance of the relationship between regional businesses and Marshall. “There is a great deal of excitement right now surrounding the new school of business and its impact on Marshall University and the surrounding area. He said that Weisberg and Service Wire Executive Vice President and CFO Chuck Oldaker have been a partner of the university for a long time. “This gift will help Marshall achieve its goals in transforming Huntington into a central hub for business innovation.”
“The College of Business’ cutting-edge curriculum will help attract new talent,” Oldaker said. “We can continue to support these individuals post-graduation by offering gainful employment opportunities in one of our nationwide locations or through our sales agent network.”
The facility is scheduled to open in January 2024. The university’s existing Transformative Sales and Service Excellence Center within the college will be renamed the Service Wire Company Transformative Sales and Service Excellence Center.
“Service Wire is proud to be a staple in the community. We have a long history of supporting West Virginia and the Tri-State region and are pleased to be able to continue this spirit of giving,” Weisberg said.
Founded in 1968, Service Wire Company is a multi-generation, family-owned wire and cable manufacturer. It has locations across the country, including West Virginia, Texas and Arizona, and a nationwide network of distributors and advanced distribution capabilities.
Manufacturers GIVING BACK
This is part 15 of Wire Journal International's first-ever feature presenting 16 manufacturers that have given back to their communities: hundreds others could just as easily have been here. Each entry has a unique story, yet the common thread is the people—of all ranks—who care about their companies as well as their communities. Big volunteer efforts deserve applause, but so do smaller ones as they all head in the same direction. In a time when there is seldom a lack of daunting news, one can take pride in the industry spirit.
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