Building a Workforce Through Scholarship

Making the generous donation from Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co. to student success are (left to right): Bill MacBlane, Vice President of Finance; Chip Gorham, Executive Vice President; David Schneckenburger, President; Amy Gullotta, OCC Foundation Director of Development; John Zacharek, OCC Foundation Executive Director; Adam Park, General Service Manager.

Making the generous donation from Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co. to student success are (left to right): Bill MacBlane, Vice President of Finance; Chip Gorham, Executive Vice President; David Schneckenburger, President; Amy Gullotta, OCC Foundation Director of Development; John Zacharek, OCC Foundation Executive Director; Adam Park, General Service Manager.

One of Central New York’s oldest businesses is increasing its commitment to student success. Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co., Inc. has given the OCC Foundation $120,000 to create an endowed scholarship and internship program for students interested in pursuing a career in the material handling industry.

Thompson & Johnson is known as “The Forklift People.” The company provides material handling solutions to its more than 1,000 customers across New York State. Thompson & Johnson opened its doors for business in 1954. Today it is headquartered on Fly Road in East Syracuse and also has locations in Albany, Binghamton and Elmira.

Thompson & Johnson employs more than 125 people whose average tenure is 11 years. When employees leave, replenishing the workforce with qualified people is challenging. That’s why they are creating a pathway for qualified students. “Not enough people are going into the trades,” said Thompson & Johnson President David Schneckenburger. “We believe OCC is a gem for our community. If we can help OCC better fulfill its mission and educate future workers for our industry, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

Thompson & Johnson is a long-standing supporter of OCC. With this recent gift, their total support to the College and its students is in excess of $150,000.

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