Sloan Valve Company, headquartered in Franklin Park, IL, recently agreed to provide a three-year $4,500 donation to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area’s Sponsor-a-Trail program for care and upkeep of a 3-mile stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail Thun Section.
The section of trail included in the sponsorship stretches from Douglassville to the Birdsboro Trailhead. In addition to their monetary contribution, Sloan representatives recently surprised the Schuylkill River Heritage Area by adding a custom bike that can be used at various Heritage Area events to promote the Sponsor-a-Trail program and other trail initiatives.
The bike, a blue and white Villy Custom beach cruiser, was presented to Heritage Area staff members at the recent Greenbuild International Convention and Expo, held at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
Sloan is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing systems and has been in operation since 1906. Headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, the company is at the forefront of the green building movement and provides sustainable restroom solutions by manufacturing water-efficient products such as flush valves, electronic faucets and soap dispensing systems, sink systems and vitreous china fixtures for commercial, industrial and institutional markets worldwide.
Sloan agreed to serve as a trail sponsor as part of its commitment to green technologies, healthy living and water conservation. The sponsor-a-trail donation was selected as the company’s first Legacy Project.
“As a Platinum Sponsor of Greenbuild 2013, it was important for us to give something back to the community who hosted us.” said Co-CEO Jim Allen. “Our family and company are committed to water conservation and initiatives that protect and conserve our precious waterways for generations to come.”
Sloan is the fifth company to participate in the Sponsor-a-Trail program since the Schuylkill River Heritage Area initiated it in 2010. PPL Corporation, Safeco Insurance, UGI HVAC Services Inc., and Brentwood Industries are also trail sponsors.
By sponsoring a section of trail, organizations and businesses help cover all costs of maintaining that piece of the trail.
The Heritage Area is responsible for maintaining 28 miles of the Schuylkill River Trail in Berks and Schuylkill Counties. Since limited funds are available, an active group of volunteers regularly grooms the trail and trailheads.
Even with volunteer labor, the Heritage Area pays about $400 per mile annually on trail maintenance for such items as fuel for mowers, a small stipend for two volunteer coordinators, and equipment.
The Sponsor-a-Trail program provides opportunities for organizations and businesses to care for the trail.
“We are grateful to Sloan for this donation, which will enable us to better maintain a popular section of the Schuylkill River Trail,” said Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl.
The SRHA seeks donations that cover multiple years, since signs are posted naming Sponsor-a-Trail donors. Signs identifying Sloan as a sponsor will be placed along the Thun section of trail that is included in the sponsorship in the spring.