HAMMOND | A Purdue University Calumet alumnus and corporate manufacturing leader has made a substantial financial gift to the university to advance development of a university manufacturing center.
David A. Roberts, chairman, president and CEO of Carlisle Cos. Inc., and his wife, Susan, provided the gift. Carlisle Cos. also plans to contribute to the prospective manufacturing center, which will be housed in Purdue Calumet’s emerging commercialization center at 7116 Indianapolis Blvd., three blocks west of campus.
The university anticipates it will cost $1 million to develop the manufacturing center, according to a Purdue Calumet spokesman. The manufacturing center cost is part of a projected $3 million cost to renovate and furnish the property into the commercialization center. The university declined to give the amount of the Roberts donation.
Roberts is a 1974 Purdue Calumet baccalaureate degree graduate and former Steger resident. His Charlotte, N.C.-based, diversified, international manufacturing company generates $3.6 billion in net sales and employs about 12,000 people worldwide. Carlisle’s divisions serve broad niche markets, including commercial roofing, aerospace and defense electronics, energy, agriculture, mining, construction, food service and health care products.
“We much appreciate and thank Dave and Susan for their generous gift and the vision they share with Purdue Calumet of wanting to establish a manufacturing center near campus,” said Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon. “Dave has achieved great success and respect as a corporate manufacturing leader. This gift demonstrates a desire to give back in ways that further manufacturing in the United States.”
Keon envisions Purdue Calumet’s pending manufacturing center becoming a springboard to enhancing regional economic development by fostering new manufacturing opportunities in the greater northwest Indiana area.