Goshen, Ind.-based Crane Composites, a subsidiary of Crane Co. and a leading provider of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP), recently presented 36 local organizations with donations as part of its long-standing tradition of supporting local communities through the Crane Fund for Widows and Children.

Since the company’s inception in 1914, these funds have provided support to former employees in need and local charitable organizations, according to a press release. Crane Foundation has also been contributing to educational and scientific organizations since 1951. Today, The Crane Fund supports more than 1,200 former Crane Co. employees and their partners, as well as hundreds of charitable organizations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

This year, Crane Composites had a goal to make the donations from this fund more personal to its associates. Leaders at each of the four plant locations in Goshen, Florence, Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., and Channahon, Ill., asked their associates to identify local organizations that have positively impacted their lives or the communities in which they work.

Crane Composites received many suggestions and was able to use its 2017 funds to donate to several of those charitable organizations. Specifically in the Elkhart County area, where the majority of RVs are manufactured, donations were made to The Boys & Girls Club, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Salvation Army of Goshen and the United Way of Elkhart County.

“Being involved in the community where we live and work, and supporting those in need, is an essential part of how we do business at Crane Composites,” said Jack Stambaugh, vice president, RV. “We have built this company on being a good member of the community. That’s a legacy that lives on here at Crane Composites and extends into everything we do – from developing innovative, quality products for the RV industry to inspiring future generations and providing a helping hand when needed.”