DelVal receives a $250,000 gift for a new swine center

Nov 03, 2014

DelVal representatives and students visit Clemens Food Group

Credit: Delaware Valley College. Senior Vice President of Clemens Family Corporation Tom Clemens presents a check to Delaware Valley College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan at Clemens Food Group. Clemens invited Dr. Brosnan, Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Russell Redding, Chair of the Animal Science Department Dr. Sara Crawford and current DelVal students to tour the facility and have lunch with alumni who work for the company on Oct. 27.

The Clemens Family Corporation awarded Delaware Valley College a $250,000 grant to go toward building a new swine science center, which will allow animal science students to gain hands-on experience on campus in a facility that mirrors what they would see in the industry.

“We are grateful to the Clemens family for their generosity, which will help us invest in a facility that will allow students to see the latest industry practices right on campus,” said Russell Redding, dean of agriculture and environmental sciences. “We’re seeing a strong interest in animal agriculture as a career path from students and from industry to meet workforce demand. Thanks to the Clemens family’s support we will be able to prepare pork industry professionals to better meet industry needs. They will be stepping into jobs and internships with added confidence and expertise because of this facility.”

The total cost of building the center is estimated at $730,000. The College is planning to use the gift as momentum for fundraising and hopes to have the facility built in time for the fall 2015 academic year. The planned facility will be built on the south end of campus and will include: a 25-sow gestation area, a farrow nursery and a finishing barn with an attached classroom and office area.

It will provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in swine production, health, breeding and management. It will also provide a new space for student and faculty research.

The Clemens Family Corporation was founded in 1895 by John C. Clemens to deliver quality meat products in the Philadelphia area. Since that time, the Clemens family has been building on that tradition and now distributes products all over the country. Today, their companies include: Hatfield Quality Meats, Country View Family Farms, Clemens Development Group, CFC Logistics, PV Transport and Nick’s Sausage Company. Hatfield employs several DelVal alumni and participates in the College’s career and internship fair each year. Employees have also visited campus to volunteer in DelVal’s charitable garden.