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Nordson Corporation Foundation grants $606,000 to Case School of Engineering to develop, recruit and retain top faculty

Lawrence Krauss
Case President Edward M. Hundert (left)
and Case School of Engineering Dean
Robert F. Savinell (right) accept the award from
Edward Campbell, chairman and CEO of Nordson

The Nordson Corporation Foundation today announced that it has made its single largest grant in its history, awarding $606,000 to the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University to create the Eric T. Nord Endowed Fund for Faculty Development. It is the Case School of Engineering's first fund designed to recruit and retain faculty who demonstrate prominent leadership in their respective fields and who contribute to having a notable positive effect on the University and the Northeast Ohio community at large. Income from the fund will also be used to support faculty development activities and to invest in new and existing faculty laboratories within the School of Engineering.

The fund was established to honor Eric T. Nord, former chairman and chief executive officer of Nordson Corporation, upon his retirement from the Nordson board of directors after serving for 50 years.

"Eric Nord's belief in civic leadership and community service are cornerstones of Nordson Corporation's charitable efforts," said Edward P. Campbell, Nordson's chairman and chief executive officer. "Nordson's corporate philosophy is based on adding value to our shareholders, customers, employees and the communities in the 30 countries in which we operate," added Campbell.

"The creation of the Eric T. Nord Endowed Fund for Faculty Development is the first gift the Case School of Engineering has received that specifically supports our new strategic plan, which includes recognizing our best faculty and continuing to invest in their scholarly and teaching pursuits," said Robert F. Savinell, dean and George S. Dively Professor of Engineering.

"I am grateful to the Nordson Corporation Foundation for this generous and important gift. The fund appropriately recognizes Eric Nord's well-documented and long-standing commitment to our community and to the Case School of Engineering."

Since the inception of the Nordson Corporation Foundation in 1988, it has awarded more than $22 million to charitable organizations.

Nordson Corporation maintains a practice, first initiated by its founders, the Nord family, of contributing five percent of its pretax domestic earnings for charitable purposes in the communities where Nordson has major operations and employees. Beneficiaries of these gifts include educational, human welfare, civic and arts institutions.

Nord, who holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Case Institute of Technology (the predecessor to the Case School of Engineering), has received the Case Alumni Association Gold Medal Award in recognition of outstanding technical innovation, successful business management and dedicated public service. He was also awarded honorary doctor of science degrees from Case Institute of Technology and Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. He is the recipient of numerous industrial and community awards for his corporate achievements and outstanding service to the community.

Nordson Corporation ( is one of the world's leading producers of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants and coatings to a broad range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The company also manufactures technology-based systems for curing and surface treatment processes. Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Nordson Corporation has 3,500 employees worldwide, and direct operations and sales support offices in 30 countries.


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