CLARCOR Foundation Donates $1 Million to Rock Valley College

Jun 7, 2017

CLARCOR, a filtration and packaging-materials manufacturer, donated $1 million to the engineering program at Rock Valley College.

The company was founded in Rockford but moved its headquarters to Nashville, Tenn., in 2004.  The Register Star reports that CLARCOR had established a foundation in 1956 to aid organizations that assisted its employees.  It reported assets of $8.6 million as of 2015, but a decision was made to close the foundation after CLARCOR was purchased in March by Parker Hannafin, a Cleveland-based motion and control company.

CLARCOR's chief administrative officer and Rockford native Dave Lindsay steered $1 million of the foundation's assets to Rock Valley College before closure. to go toward construction of a hands-on learning space at the RVC Woodward Technology Center.

The gift will top off a two-year, $6 million fundraising campaign for the engineering program, a partnership between RVC and Northern Illinois University which allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering while taking classes on the RVC Rockford campus.

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