“We are honored to partner with the Osteosarcoma Institute and feel fortunate to be able to make a tangible impact on osteosarcoma research.”
— Bennett McEvoy, CEO, Western Extrusions
On June 28, 2022, more than 800 Western Extrusions employees gathered in Carrollton, Texas, for their quarterly employee appreciation luncheon, where the Osteosarcoma Institute (OSI) was featured as their newest nonprofit partnership. Western’s Vice President of Human Resources Daniel Campos introduced OSI to the crowd and later, Western’s President and CEO Bennett McEvoy, along with his executive staff, presented the OSI with a check for $150,000. The donation will make an incredible difference in osteosarcoma research in the years to come and is the first installment in Western’s 3-year pledge of $450,000 to the OSI.
“We are honored to partner with the Osteosarcoma Institute and feel fortunate to be able to make a tangible impact on such important research,” says Bennett. “We were extremely impressed by their laser focus on trying to improve the treatment of osteosarcoma.”
OSI trustees Mac Tichenor and Mary Katherine Clarke accepted the check at the luncheon and expressed their gratitude for the generous donation. They also shared the OSI’s mission and outlined ways for Western employees to volunteer to help the institute.
“This gift is transformative for the OSI,” says Vanessa Peterson, OSI’s development manager. “We’ve benefitted from donations from people directly affected by the disease, but this is our first major corporate gift. It paves the way for us to further develop this important category of support.”
An Industry Leader Gives Back
Family-owned and operated since 1979, Western is a national leader in manufacturing aluminum products. Its mission is to produce superior aluminum parts for America’s critical infrastructure, including class 8 trucks, electric vehicles, truck trailers, utility-scale solar power, electrical transmission and numerous commercial construction products.
But the core mission runs even deeper.
“Western has always given back to the community and had a strong, charitable focus,” says Bennett. “Our work doesn’t stop with investing in equipment and education. We’re also invested in our community.”
That community is Carrollton, Texas, where the majority of the company’s employees live and where their 1-million-square-foot headquarters is located. Western maintains close partnerships with other local nonprofits, including Metrocrest Services, a non-profit social services agency promoting well-being and independence for individuals, families and seniors.
In 2020, Western decided to add a health-focused organization to their roster of nonprofit partners and corporate giving programs. Bennett says, “We’ve personally supported the OSI since its inception, but supporting it from a corporate standpoint allows us to make a much larger financial impact.”
Read more stories about the people powering the OSI in The Frontline, our monthly newsletter. Click here to subscribe.