A Commitment To Our Communities
The Renco Group takes great pride in the fact that each of its operating companies works not only to produce superior products, but also to make a difference in the communities where they are located. Renco Group affiliated companies contribute to local economies by providing job opportunities and financial support. They sponsor educational initiatives and host town meetings designed to help community members better understand their products and industries; and they work aggressively to protect the health of community residents both by operating in an environmentally responsible manner and by sponsoring public outreach initiatives.
EDUCATIONAL INTIATIVES. Investment in education is a core value of the Renco Group and our affiliate companies. At the Doe Run Company, annual scholarships, internships, summer camps and mine tours give college students early opportunities to become acquainted with company operations. Doe Run's popular Minerals Education Program, a collection of interactive workshops, provides K-12 students with hands-on opportunities to learn about the minerals people use in their everyday lives. In one program, students learn about mining and minerals through "chocolate chip cookie mining." This focus on students has led Doe Run to invest in scholarships for Missouri students seeking engineering, chemistry, geology, mining or geoscience degrees. In 2009, Doe Run presented Missouri Science & Technology with a $150,000 donation to help fund the foundation for a new mine building at the Experimental Mine site operated by the university's Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering. The Experimental Mine is one of only a few such mineral engineering facilities on a university campus and provides mining engineering students with practical experience.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. Renco's affiliate businesses operate in each of their respective communities with the consent of the local residents. As a result, each company makes a concerted effort to be an active participant in helping community programs thrive. One such example of this is at Unarco which takes a very active role in the community and sponsors educational programs, sporting events and civic involvement projects throughout the year. Unarco was primarily responsible for raising the funds that led to the construction of a new YMCA facility in the company's hometown of Springfield, Tennessee. In gratitude, the YMCA named the facility the Unarco Center.