Made in Connecticut premiere party on Oct. 21, TV premiere on Oct. 23
FARMINGTON, Conn., Oct. 9, 2014 – KBE Building Corp.’s yearlong founding sponsorship of an initiative to promote manufacturing and innovation in Connecticut will culminate in an Oct. 21 premiere party and an Oct. 23 TV premiere of a groundbreaking original documentary by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN).
KBE served as Founding Sponsor for CPBN’s yearlong, multi-platform Made in Connecticut initiative, which celebrates the state’s manufacturing future, from high-tech to hand-made.
As part of the sponsorship, KBE supplied the seed money for CPBN to hire Emmy-winning journalist Christina DeFranco to produce and host a documentary featuring 12 Connecticut-based companies that exemplify the success and diversity of manufacturing today.
“When CPBN approached us about Made in Connecticut, we knew this was the perfect way to cement our focus on promoting technical education and careers across the state,” said Mike Kolakowski, KBE’s president and principal owner, who bought the firm in 2007.
The Premiere Party for the documentary launch will be held on Oct. 21 at the Pratt & Whitney Hangar Museum, with a cocktail reception and sneak preview. Available for no charge, with a suggested donation of $50, tickets can be reserved online here or by calling (860) 275-7550.
The full documentary airs Thurs., Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. on CPTV. Additional related programming will air on CPTV and WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio, CPBN’s NPR affiliate.
“As the state’s top builder of technical high schools, we seized the opportunity to extend our focus from building to educating – not only through our CPBN sponsorship, but also through the scholarships we awarded to our state’s outstanding technical high school students.”
At a June 9 ceremony held at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School, one of eight technical high schools the firm has built or renovated since 2002, KBE awarded $17,000 in scholarships to 34 graduating seniors within the state’s growing technical high school system.
KBE also supports continuing technical education by participating in the ACE Mentor Program; for the past decade, KBE employees have helped mentor students pursuing degrees and/or careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.
Both the technical high school scholarships and the CPBN sponsorship are part of KBE’s corporate philanthropic program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference. Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate more than $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting military veterans, children, seniors, and now technical high school students.
For more information about KBE’s founding sponsorship of Made in Connecticut, visit https://kbebuilding.com/made-in-connecticut.php.
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About KBE Building Corporation
Regionally located in Farmington, Conn., and Columbia, Md., KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm is celebrating its 55th year providing preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally.
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