A lead contractor at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, who has been a staunch supporter of the Oak Harbor High School soccer program this past year, was recognized recently by the Benton-Carroll-Salem school board.
Roger Fulwiler, of Bechtel Corp., was introduced by parent Bill Poiry, who has been working with other parents to promote the soccer program and help with facilities upgrades.
“We’ve put activities together to make further improvements to couple with improvements made by the district three years ago. There are bleachers now. We have a scoreboard. With that, we are working on the finishing touches,” Poiry said.
Poiry, who has two sons on the current team, is among the parents who have aggressively sought community support for the program and connected with the Bechtel Corp.
“They have been as gracious to us as they have the music program,” Poiry said.
Over the past year, Bechtel has donated about $9,000 to the school district, Superintendent Guy Parmigian said.
The music department received $5,000 and the soccer program another $4,000. Some of the soccer money went toward signage and parking lot improvements at the field, Parmigian said.
Bechtel is a global management/construction firm. The 115-year-old company employs 40,000 worldwide and is the fifth largest privately-owned company in the United States. Some of its more highly visible projects include the Hoover Dam and the tunnel beneath the English Channel connecting the United Kingdom and France.
More recently, a Bechtel-led team was granted an agreement to build a $45 million laser system in the Czech Republic. The high repetition rate advanced Petawatt Laser System marks a major enhancement over current laser systems and will enable unprecedented research in areas such as medical imaging, particle acceleration, homeland security and quantum physics, according to the company website.
Bechtel crews on are site at the Davis-Besse power plant, readying for the February 2014 shutdown, Fulwiler said. That project includes the replacement of the two steam generators at the plant located along Lake Erie’s shoreline.
Fulwiler said it has been company policy to seek out involvement in communities where the company works.
“We seek out worthy causes. We look for forward focused plans advancing youth of the community, he said. The soccer program fits that bill, he said.
At the time of the presentation, the 2013 boys team, led by Coach Ken Filar, stood at 12-0 and was poised for district competition. The girls’ team, led by Renee Goldstein, was rated sixth in the state in the first Division III coaches poll of the season.