OSU Staff And Students Tour Mansfield Gorman-Rupp Facility

  • 7/11/2018 2:56:12 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Students and staff from the Ohio State University visited Richland County on Wednesday for a tour hosted by the Gorman-Rupp Company. Gorman-Rupp is one of Ohio's most successful businesses - and one that originally started in Mansfield.

"We've had a mix of faculty and students on the road here in Ohio for the last two days," said Bruce McPheron, Executive Vice President of Ohio State University. "We like to get folks out to actually see the impact that Ohio State has on the state of Ohio. We try to choose different organizations and entities that have a relationship with Ohio State. There's a partnership here between Gorman-Rupp and the OSU Mansfield Campus."

James Gorman, Chairman at Gorman-Rupp Pumps, was a hugely influential figure that helped Ohio State University raise the funding to purchase nearly 700 acres of land to build the OSU Mansfield Campus. Today, the OSU Mansfield Campus helps Ohio State University meet the needs of North Central Ohio by extending its resources and education.

"Ohio State has a series of regional campuses," McPherson continued. "They're really very important for our mission of access to education at Ohio State. Just this year, we've actually taken steps to ensure that we make our campuses even more affordable by our Buckeye Opportunity Program, for example, which will help families that are Pell-Eligible actually close the tuition gap for students that study here at Ohio State Mansfield."

“Gorman-Rupp is honored to be selected as one of the stops along The Ohio State University’s 2018 Roads Scholars Tour," said Jeff Gorman, President and CEO. "We have had a long-standing relationship with the OSU Mansfield campus, which dates back to 1958 when the campus was founded. I would like to extend my appreciation to The Ohio State University for today’s activities and look forward to our continued partnership and support."

The Ohio State mascot, Brutus Buckeye, posed for pictures in the facility's lobby with father-and-son team James and Jeff Gorman, the Chairman and the President of Gorman-Rupp, respectively. Other Richland County dignitaries such as Mayors Tim Theaker and Randy Hutchinson, along with County Commissioners Marilyn John and Darrell Banks, also made appearances to meet the tour group.

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