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NUCOR Corporation Gives $50,000 Gift to UT Tyler Palestine Campus
Editor’s Note: The following article was written by the UT Tyler Palestine Campus Expansion Campaign. The “Paving the Way” campaign is led by Palestine community leaders Cad Williams, David Bernard and Phil Jenkins.
The NUCOR Corporation has given a $50,000 gift to The University of Texas at Tyler Palestine Campus Expansion Campaign, President Rod Mabry announced.
NUCOR Corporation believes in establishing strong ties to local communities and their work force. “For that reason it is very important to us to provide opportunities for higher education,” stated Jim Landrum, general manager of Nucor’s Vulcraft Division in Grapeland.
Landrum teamed up with leaders of the Terrell and Jewett plants to secure a $50,000 corporate donation from NUCOR to the UT Tyler Palestine Campus Expansion Campaign.
“We believe that our company should share its financial resources and we expect human resources in return,” said Landrum.
One of the lesser-known ingredients about NUCOR’s success has been its commitment to locate its diverse facilities in rural locations across America, such as the Vulcraft plant in Grapeland. They believe that rural areas have workers with a high work ethic, and in turn, they provide people in rural areas opportunities for good paying jobs with excellent benefits. One of the benefits for NUCOR employees is a scholarship program for dependents. Every child of a NUCOR employee can go to college with the company’s assistance.
Landrum has also made a personal contribution to the campaign and serves on the UT Tyler Palestine Campus Development Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at UT Tyler’s main campus.
When David Barnard, chairman of the UT Tyler Palestine Development Council, asked Mr. Landrum to join the council for the Palestine campus, he did so because he believed it was a worthy project in support of educational opportunities for citizens in this region.
Landrum is excited about the expansion of the UT Tyler Palestine Campus because he believes, “it provides an opportunity for residents of Palestine and the surrounding area to stay close to home for their college education.”
Landrum also hopes that providing increased options for higher education will encourage local graduates to stay in the area to enter the workforce after completing their college education.
Under the leadership of Cad Williams, David Barnard and Phil Jenkins the Paving the Way capital campaign in support of the campus expansion plans for the UT Tyler Palestine Campus has raised approximately $2.4 million in gifts and pledges.
“We still need to raise about $400,000 to meet our goal,” reported David Barnard, council chairman. “State allocations from the Texas Legislature amount to $7 million for the expansion project,” he added.
“We need broad based support from across our region,” said Landrum. “For additional information about the expansion plans and ways you can be involved, contact any of the three co-chairmen Cad Williams, David Barnard, or Phil Jenkins,” he suggested.
Susan Harris, of the UT Tyler Palestine Campus, is also available for questions at 903.727.2308.