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Recent renovations to Stanley Hall, the home of the sciences at Earlham College, were made almost entirely by Wayne County businesses.

Chamber recognizes Earlham with 'Buy Local' award

January 24, 2014

Earlham College’s commitment to working with local contractors amid a $60 million investment in its future has been recognized by the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber on Friday named the College the recipient of the Bob Rosa Buy Local Award, now in its third year, during its annual dinner and awards event at the Kuhlman Center.

Stanley _Hall“Bob Rosa was Mr. Buy Local before people even said ‘buy local’ and Earlham College, by working with local contractors and strengthening its relationship with community businesses, is a great example of the kinds of partners they have become,” Chamber CEO Amy Holthouse says. “I hope this award is another feather in the cap for Earlham so people recognize all the efforts that are being made there.”

Earlham Director of Facilities Ian Smith says about $18 million of the more than $34 million in direct-cost dollars associated with recent projects on campus were awarded to Wayne County-based firms. They include the completed renovations to Stanley and Tyler halls and new construction of the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, which will open in August. 

Stanley Hall represents the largest contribution to the local economy with nearly 80 percent of the direct-cost dollars for that project going to Wayne County businesses, Smith says. If specialties are factored out with no local providers, he says, nearly 90 percent of the project was completed by local businesses.

Additionally, about $700,000 of the $1.6 million cost to build the new Randal R. Sadler Stadium baseball complex was also awarded to local companies.

Future projects, including an expansion of Stanley Hall, the home of the sciences, will begin this spring. 

“Earlham College is deeply committed to buying local whenever possible, no matter how high the stakes,” Smith says. “We believe that local construction companies are competitive with other regional firms, even with technically challenging projects, such as these.”

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.

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