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Working for Technological Breakthroughs through Collaborative Partnerships

The total value of a corporation's partnership with Case Western Reserve University often extends much further than its direct investment in the university.

Three years ago, for example, Swagelok Company—a leading fluid system manufacturer headquartered in Solon, Ohio—and Case Western Reserve were jointly awarded a three-year, $5.5 million grant from Ohio's Third Frontier Project to collaboratively research an innovative technology that would dramatically improve the hardness and performance characteristics of stainless steel. The project attracted nearly $500,000 in additional investment from other corporate partners.

More recently, Swagelok, a longtime partner with Case Western Reserve, built upon the state's original funding by awarding the university a $1 million grant from the Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust, a fund named after Swagelok's founder. The grant provided funding for the newly named Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials.

"We recognize this opportunity to work directly with the expert researchers at Case Western Reserve as very significant, not only because of the breakthrough nature of the technology under development, but also because of the resources available to us," says Art Anton, president and chief executive officer of Swagelok.

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The Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials is used by Case Western Reserve students and faculty, as well researchers from other universities and organizations.