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SteelCo wins award for support of recreation

Staff Photo: Crystal Tatum. Newton County Recreation Commission Facilities Manager Kale Curtis and Director Tommy Hailey, left, congratulate SteelCo representatives on their recent national award for support of the Recreation Commission. Representing SteelCo are President Shane Millwood, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Denny Hewell and Vice President of Construction Jason Smith.

Staff Photo: Crystal Tatum. Newton County Recreation Commission Facilities Manager Kale Curtis and Director Tommy Hailey, left, congratulate SteelCo representatives on their recent national award for support of the Recreation Commission. Representing SteelCo are President Shane Millwood, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Denny Hewell and Vice President of Construction Jason Smith.

COVINGTON -- A local company is in the national spotlight for its commitment to children and recreation.

SteelCo Buildings Inc. has won the Outstanding Support Organization Award handed out annually by the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials. SteelCo was nominated by the Newton County Recreation Commission for donating time and materials for projects at City Pond and Turner Lake parks.

Three years ago, SteelCo constructed a pavilion and made other renovations to City Pond Park. They also constructed a bridge over marshes at Turner Lake Complex.

"With current budget constraints, this gift of materials, time and monies is not only great for Newton County Recreation but for the citizens of Newton County," stated the Recreation Commission's nomination letter.

SteelCo. has also raised more than $10,000 for cancer treatment for a volunteer coach who is now cancer free; supports the Athlete of the Week program; contributes to Relay for Life; and has been named Small Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.

"We don't do anything for the youth in this community to be recognized for it," said SteelCo President Shane Millwood. He said the company has a commitment to recreation and education because "a combination of the two will keep (youth) from being incarcerated."

SteelCo just celebrated 10 years in Newton County. The company creates pre-engineered metal buildings and turn-key steel buildings for business and personal use.