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Rowan Honored for Business Leadership

Dec. 3, 2008
Inductotherm founder presented award for national and international prominence in his business career

Inductotherm Group founder and chairman Henry M. Rowan was honored recently by The Union League of Philadelphia with its Founders Award for Business Leadership. The award recognizes an “outstanding business leader who has gained both national and international prominence in his business career and who has demonstrated a broad and consistent commitment personally and professionally to education, human health, and social services.”

Rowan, together with his late wife, Betty, established Inductotherm in 1953. The company designs and services a line of coreless and channel-type induction melting and holding systems for a wide range of metals. Today, Inductotherm and Rowan Technologies have over 60 subsidiaries and serve customers worldwide with systems and technologies for melting, holding, and mass heating.

Rowan is also noted for having made the largest gift ever presented to a public college or university. His donation to a New Jersey state college known now as Rowan University established an engineering school there.

Rowan’s various other awards have included the George Washington Medal Award from the Engineers Club of Philadelphia, and Outstanding Engineer of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Professional Engineering Society of Southern New Jersey Inc. In 1998 he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.

“Mr. Rowan’s commitment to the community and to the highest standards of business ethics sets him apart in these troubled times,” stated Union League of Philadelphia president Frederick C. Haab. “We at the Union League are privileged to honor Henry M. Rowan for his outstanding accomplishments.”

The Union League of Philadelphia is a 144-year-old social and fraternal organization.