Alumnus Paul Engel (B.S.’74, Computer Systems Engineering) and his wife Debi Engel have been long-time supporters of the College of Engineering, and their legacy here includes a scholarship they established in 2000 and named after the local company they co-own. The scholarship is officially called the Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., Inc. Scholarship Endowment, which supports students from Western Massachusetts who are matriculating in the College of Engineering. The company is a manufacturer and supplier of Polyofin, PVC, TPU, TRE, and low-smoke halogen insulated low-temperature thermoplastic-shielded and unshielded cables. Quabbin employs approximately 100 workers. In total, the renewable scholarship has supported 11 undergraduates since 2000.
The student recipients have been Jennifer Tooley, Perry Stover, Francisco Lopes, Robert Daniello, Christopher Nikopoulos, Anthony Swochak, Marnie Bonner, Felipe Vias-Boas, Marianne LaFord, Cory Gorman, and, last year and this year, Lily Thomas.
Quabbin Wire & Cable, with sales of approximately $20 million annually, has been a frequent recipient of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce “Super 60” award, recognizing the company’s contributions to the community and its economic impact on the region. The company is a privately held corporation founded in 1975 by Paul Engel, who also serves as CEO. The 140,000 square-foot factory, warehouse, and corporate-office complex is located in Ware, Massachusetts, about 80 miles west of Boston. The company also has an office and warehouse in the Chicago area and additional stocking locations in Florida, Texas, Colorado, and California.
“We at Quabbin Wire & Cable have been committed to quality for over 35 years,” says Paul Engel. “Not simply quality in our products, but quality in the service we provide, quality we add to our community, and quality as a respected employer. The loyalty we have earned from our customers and employees attests to our level of success.”
Engel recently received the Charles D. Scott Distinguished Career Award from the Wire and Cable Clubs of America. In addition, Quabbin Wire & Cable was given special recognition at the 2012 IEWC Vendor Show by being presented the IEWC Silver Award in the category for "Best Overall Supplier to IEWC," a premier stocking distributor of wire, cable, and wire-management products. The accolades were a result of the Quabbin Wire & Cable’s on-time delivery, outstanding quality, and timely responses on both quotes and corrective action items.
Quabbin Wire & Cable is named after the nearby Quabbin Reservoir, the primary drinking water source for metropolitan Boston and a popular wildlife sanctuary. Through the years, Quabbin Wire & Cable has completed numerous expansions and upgrades of its production facility, enabling the company to produce more efficiently and remain a quality manufacturer. Quabbin uses state-of-the-art systems such as non-contact laser micrometers, computer-controlled inkjet printers, online capacitance monitoring, real-time concentricity controls, and microprocessor-based data gathering.
Outputs include DataMax local area network products and more traditional products used in security, alarm control, instrumentation, computer peripheral, data, and audio applications.
“We don’t take our achievements for granted,” says Engel. “Quabbin Wire is dedicated to meeting our customers’ expectations for excellent service, competitive pricing, and on-time deliveries. We will continue to focus on being a valuable top tier supplier.”
Besides the College of Engineering, the company also contributes various kinds of philanthropic support to the Mary Lane Hospital, Literacy Volunteers of America, Ware’s Christmas for Kids, the Ware Community Chest, and local area schools. (September 2012)