Eaton Donation

Eaton Corporation Continues Support of Engineering Education with Donation

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently made a generous $50,000 donation to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. 

“We’re proud to support Piedmont Technical College’s engineering technology programs,” said Rick Todd, plant manager of Eaton's Emerald Road facility. “Our contribution will help our community’s students succeed academically today, and in the workplace later on.” 

Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that enable customers to effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. The company employs approximately 102,000 people globally and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. Locally, Eaton employs approximately 1,500 residents from Greenwood and surrounding counties across five plant locations. Products manufactured in Greenwood consist of electrical distribution equipment, power reliability equipment, and pumps and motors that are used primarily in hydraulic applications.

As a major provider of training for future Eaton employees, PTC will use these funds to purchase equipment for the college’s engineering technology programs to ensure that students are receiving the most up-to-date training available as well as provide engineering-based summer programs for middle and high school students. PTC’s engineering technology department offers degrees in a variety of engineering disciplines, including electronic engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology and engineering graphics technology.

PTC has also established engineering transfer agreements that allow engineering technology students at Piedmont Technical College to pursue bachelor’s degrees at USC Columbia, USC Upstate and SC State after completing their studies in Greenwood.

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Photo Caption: Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently made a generous $50,000 donation to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. Attending the check presentation were, from left, Dr. Ray Brooks, PTC president; Hugh Hones, human resources supervisor with Eaton’s Emerald Road facility; Keto Fuller, electrical test supervisor at Eaton; Fran Wiley, assistant vice president for development at Piedmont Tech; Rick Todd, plant manager of Eaton's Emerald Road facility; James Hembree, maintenance technician at Eaton; and Cheryl Elliott, lead designer at Eaton.