There are few companies that understand the meaning of the word "service" quite like AccuTrex Products. From serving customers ... to serving our country ... and the community, AccuTrex employees share a passion for helping others that truly sets them apart.

In fact, this leading manufacturer of custom shims, gaskets, stampings, and washers has maintained a steadfast giving and volunteer history for over 30 years. That impressive record of generosity is what led to AccuTrex being chosen as the recipient of the Charles C. Keller Excellence Award for Corporate Philanthropy in the small category.

With giving back as one of their core philosophies, AccuTrex employees have shared contributions of time, talent, and treasures with many local organizations including: Washington County Special Olympics, Washington Hospital Foundation, Washington-Greene County Blind Association, the American Cancer Society, United Way of Washington County, Junior Achievement, Immaculate Conception Church, John F. Kennedy Catholic School, Abundant Life Baptist Church, Meadowlands United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts of America, the Washington County Manufacturer's Association, as well as the WCCF.

"It is very flattering to receive this award in the year following its inception," remarked Martin P. Beichner, Jr., President/CEO of AccuTrex Products. "We are fortunate to employ a lot of really nice, caring people who enjoy being involved in service activities and charitable projects. Our company feels it has an obligation to help take care of needs in our community in whatever way we can."

Putting the "fun" in "fundraising," the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life has been a favorite company-wide activity (and social event) for the past 18 years. Many employees and their relatives have battled cancer, so the company feels particularly "close to the cause." Cumulatively, participants have raised over $121,000 through the event.

Offering specialized job shop capabilities, AccuTrex has also carved out its own niche for unique projects. Metal work for the gymnasium at John F. Kennedy Catholic School and part refurbishment for the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum were donated in recent years, while the United Way of Washington County has experienced the benefits of the company's generosity since the 1980s. Skilled machine operators have made it possible for more than 100,000 Christmas tree gift tags to be created for the United Way's Caring Tree program - helping holiday wishes to come true for thousands of needy children, disadvantaged young adults, and lonely seniors.

"Since its inception, all levels of people at AccuTrex Products have been loyal supporters and contributors to United Way of Washington County. From the founders, to the management team and the shop and the office employees, their support and community involvement go far beyond corporate financial support or a workplace campaign," stated Jim Proudfit, Chairman.

And as a Vietnam veteran-owned company, AccuTrex Products also supports organizations and activities that address veterans' needs. Several employees, including a veteran who had been honored with a Double Purple Heart, were instrumental in the revitalization of the Fort Pitt Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, and the company's efforts led to the creation of "Military Appreciation Week" at the Mylan Classic.

"The organizations we support have always been happy with whatever we have been able to do. Whether times have been good or not quite as good, I am proud to say that we have always maintained our charitable giving," Beichner recalls.

The company's motives are purely altruistic - it has no business incentives nor does it receive any financial gain if its good works are publicized. AccuTrex Products, and its employees, recognize that the return on their efforts is what is most valuable - making Washington County a better place for the people who live and work in this community.