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AB&C donates learning materials

July 29, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

RANSON, W.Va. - AB&C Group is donating books, videotapes and audio cassettes to three Eastern Panhandle libraries.

The $42,000 worth of materials are being donated to the libraries at Jefferson High School, Shepherd College and Musselman High School, said AB&C Group communications specialist Lori Stiles. The Musselman High library will also serve as a public library for southern Berkeley County, W.Va.

"We try to be a good neighbor to everyone in the Eastern Panhandle," Stiles said.

The books and tapes were merchandise from a former AB&C Group client, Stiles said.

The company fills mail orders and computer orders for different firms across the country. Staff members receive an order, print out a receipt, pick up the item, then pack it up and ship it out, Stiles said.

The company moved to the area in 1990 and employs about 700 people in Jefferson County, W.Va.

The materials will be divided up about equally, she said. The donation includes about 125 boxes of books, she said.

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The materials were left by a business magazine firm and most have a business emphasis, Stiles said. The donation also includes books and tapes on marketing and self-improvement.

"We're really excited about being able to do this for the community," Stiles said. "We want to reward the community."

The donation reflects the company's beliefs in promoting education in the community and the workplace.

By donating the books to the local community, the company helps to create an educated work force to draw from, she said.

The company also believes strongly in promoting from within, she said. As part of that philosophy, AB&C Group pays for the tuition of any staff members who want to take classes for self-improvement, whether it is at a vocational school or Shepherd College, she said.

"We've had some employees get their college degree and AB&C Group paid for it," she said.

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