MARION — A Mt. Vernon businessman has been recognized by the Greater Egypt Regional Planning Commission.
Steven Beal, president and CEO of National Railway Equipment Co., was recently presented with the organization's Community Service and Corporate Citizenship award. The award was presented to Beal for his significant contributions to local business and charitable organizations, continued investment in National Railway Equipment Co., and restoring the historic Fred P. Watson Building in order to open RARE Chop House, a planning commission news release stated.
In the summer of 2012, the Beal family's latest venture took place as they purchased the 100-year-old Watson building in downtown Mt. Vernon with the vision of restoration and opening a fine dining steakhouse for the community to enjoy. RARE Chop House opened August 2013 after over a year of restoration and construction, and currently employs 45 employees both in the service industry and in the kitchen.
Founded by his father, Lawrence Beal, National Railway has grown to encompass 15 facilitates and affiliates; making it the world's largest independent supplier of new and remanufactured locomotives, new and rebuilt mechanical materials, electrical components, technical support and field services. The company, headquartered in Mt. Vernon, has over 900 employees worldwide.
Along with his family, Beal and National Railway's continued personal and corporate citizenship have enhanced Jefferson County and surrounding communities, the commission states. Beal donates his time and financial resources to support many charitable and business organizations including the United Way of South Central Illinois, the American Heart Association, the United Methodist Children's Home, the Rend Lake College Foundation, YMCA of Jefferson County, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County Development Corp., and the Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Corp.
Steve Damron of Mt. Vernon was recognized by the organization at its annual dinner for serving as chairman during 2013. Curt Grothoff, also of Mt. Vernon, is secretary of the organization. Damron will serve as treasurer during 2014.
For more information on the Greater Egypt Regional Planning Commission you may contact Executive Director Cary Minnis at 997-9351 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.