The Piedmont Environmental Center in High Point has weighed in on AlliedSignal's attempted takeover of AMP Inc., and it doesn't like it one bit.
A recent press release from the center praises the many civic contributions AMP has made in the Triad. They include funding a walk-on relief map of North Carolina at the Piedmont Environmental Center.``AMP Inc., a manufacturer of electrical connectors, built this teaching exhibit and in so doing provided a marvelous educational tool for teaching North Carolina geography and history to our children,' the release states.
Dick Thomas, executive director of the Piedmont Environmental Center, said he released the statement of support at the suggestion of an AMP executive.
``I'm glad that I got the suggestion,' said Thomas, who has nothing but praise for AMP.
Thomas is concerned that if AlliedSignal succeeds, the Triad will lose a valued corporate citizen.
As for AlliedSignal, ``we don't know what their community track record is like, if in fact they are going to stay here,' he said.
Other beneficiaries of AMP's generosity have been Greensboro's Natural Science Center and a program based at Wake Forest University called Science Stars, according to the release.
AMP, based in Harrisburg, Pa., employs about 5,000 people at plants in the Triad. AlliedSignal is based in Morristown, N.J.\ - Peter Krouse