"Corning Lab" Starts Operation at Yangling School as Part of Reopening Ceremony

2010-05-12 13:06 1103

New science lab and rebuilt student dormitory contributed by Corning will improve the lives of children impacted by Sichuan earthquake

JIAN'GE, China, May 12 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Marking the two-year anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake, executives from Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) and local officials celebrated the start up of the "Corning Lab" as part of the reopening ceremony of the school in Yangling.

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Corning's involvement with the Yangling School began shortly after a devastating earthquake hit Sichuan province in 2008. The school has served the young people of Jian'ge County for nearly 100 years. The earthquake caused significant damage to the dormitory and through a partnership between Corning and the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation was rebuilt and named the "Corning Dormitory."

Besides the Corning Dormitory, Corning invested in a chemistry lab at Yangling School by donating lab equipment. The new science lab, also graciously named after Corning, started operation during the ceremony. Corning representatives attending the reopening held a fundamental science course for Yangling students, "technology enables improvement of people's lives" and donated science books.

Liping Tang, head of Chengdu CCS Optical Fiber Cable Co., Ltd., Corning Cable Systems' equity venture said, "The Sichuan earthquake has had a terrible impact on China and on millions of its people. Corning and its employees have kept close watch and we are assisting those affected in many ways. We sincerely hope the new chemistry lab and the dormitory will positively and directly impact the lives of the Yangling students."

Corning China CEO Eric Musser said, "Corporate Social Responsibility is intrinsic to our heritage. We are committed to the community where we have operations."

Vice Governor of Jian'ge County Mr. Chen Yong, who attend the ceremony representing the local government said, "We appreciate Corning's on-going contributions to the society. The reopening of Yangling School demonstrates Corning's active participation in Corporate Social Citizenship."

About Yangling School

Yangling School is located in Jian'ge County, Sichuan Province, 400 kilometers from Chengdu. The total population of the school is 860 students and 54 teachers. Its dormitory building was severely damaged during the May 12th Sichuan Earthquake. Contributions from companies such as Corning are vitally important to communities like Jian'ge where there is less government funding, private donations and rescue resources because of its remote location.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated ( ) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

Source: Corning Incorporated