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The Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio has been a strong supporter of Union County
for the past 15 years helping to fund a number of projects that have benefitted the
community and earlier this month two officials with the foundation visited the county
and got to see the results of that support.
In a statement released Monday, Timken Tyger River Plant Human Resources Manager John
Robbins announced that on Friday, Sept. 7, Jack Timken, President of the Timken Foundation
of Canton, Ohio, and his wife, Joy, a Trustee of the Timken Foundation of Canton,
Ohio, visited Union County.
The press release states that the Timkens began their visit with a tour of the Timken
Tyger River Plant. It states they subsequently visited the Miracle League Ballfield
and Playground at the Timken Sports Complex; the Union County Carnegie Library; and
the Spartanburg Community College Union County Campus, all of which have been recipients
of grants from the Foundation.
The press release states that not only were the Timkens impressed with the impact
these projects have had on the community, but also by the enthusiasm and dedication
of the leadership of those projects.
Since the Timken Company s purchase of the Tyger River Plant in 2003, the press release
states that the Foundation has supported projects in Union County with grants in excess
of $2 million. That $2 million includes the following grants to the following local
institutions and organizations:
$75,000 awarded to Union County for the purchase of a generator for the Union County
$135,000 to the Spartanburg Community College Union County Campus for the purchase
of equipment for its Mechatronics class.
$45,000 to the City of Union for the purchase of furnishings for Main Street Junction.
$75,000 for the Miracle League of Union County to help fund the construction of the
League s all-inclusive playground at the Timken Sports Complex.
$25,000 to the Miracle League of Union County to modify the League s ball field at
the Timken Sports Complex to allow disabled children and adults play baseball there.
$70,000 to the Union County Carnegie Library to help fund the restoration, renovation,
upgrade and expansion of the library.
Other local institutions and organizations that have received grants from the Foundation
over the years are the Bonham and Buffalo fire departments, Union County Arts Council,
Salvation Army, Union County School District, Union County Stadium, and the Cross
The Timken Company employs nearly 300 associates at its Tyger River Plant (260) at
408 Industrial Park Road, Union, and its Carolina Service Center (29) at 7 LSP Road,
Photo courtesy of Timken Tyger River Plant On Friday, Sept. 7, Jack Timken, (fourth
from left) President of the Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio, and his wife, Joy (third
from left), a Trustee of the Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio, visited Union County.
Among the places they visited was the Spartanburg Community College Union County Campus
where they posed for this picture. Also pictured are (from left to right) USC Union
Development/Marketing Director Annie L. Smith; Spartanburg Community College President
Henry Giles; Timken Tyger River Plant Manager Jonathan Waller, SCC Union County Campus
Director Isaac McKissick; Union County CATE Center Director Kimberly Jones; SCC Department
Chair of Advanced Manufacturing Jay Coffer; Senior Manager of Community Relations
and Development for Lockhart Power Andrena Powell-Baker; Timken Tyger River Plant
Human Resources Manager John Robbins; and Timken Tyger River Plant Senior HR Analyst