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Clemson names collaboration facility at Sonoco Institute for Harpers

October 12, 2009

The founders of Harper Corporation of America have donated $1 million to the packaging institute.

Clemson University has unveiled The Ronald & Katherine Harper Industry Collaboration Room on the top floor of the Sonoco Institute for Packaging Design and Graphics, recently opened on the campus in Clemson, SC, USA.

The Industry Collaboration Room, which is described as an open breakroom/creative area, is made possible by a $1.1 million gift from Ron and Katherine Harper to Clemson’s graphic communications department.

The Harpers are well known in the printing industry, having started the Harper Corporation of America in Charlotte, NC, USA, in 1971. The company specializes in anilox rolls for the flexographic printing process, as well as pressroom supplies.

“The Harpers, Ron and Katherine, have helped shape, contribute and support our efforts at Clemson, particularly in graphic communications, for decades,” says Sam Ingram, chairman of the graphic communications department. “And it is more than technology. Their belief in students, in education and their network, extending from the family out to the farthest reaches of the printing industry, have motivated us through their passion and expertise. Their gift will have a lasting mark on Clemson students — in their careers, the industry we share and the future.”