Company Makes Local Commitment
observes testing of equipment
and freezing/chilling technologies using nitrogen
or carbon dioxide in the Praxair Food Lab in Burr
Praxair, a global Fortune 300 company and one
of the three largest industrial gases companies worldwide with
26,000 employees in more than 30 countries, provides the comfort
that packaged food are safe to eat and that fuels are burning
cleaner. It supplies
hydrogen to industries that preserve foods, improve the
efficiency of industrial processes, reduce emissions, clean and
recycle waste water, treat hospital patients, produce fiber-optics
for telecommunications, make cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel
fuels, and increase energy supplies.
“We help our customers
improve efficiencies and
environmental performance, reduce costs, and/or increase yield,”
said Scott Sanderude, the company’s vice president of marketing and
Sanderude is responsible for strategy development, marketing,
marketing communications, and new growth programs for Praxair’s
largest business unit in North America.
Sanderude has been instrumental in facilitating a connection between
Praxair and Western, establishing a scholarship and supporting the
university’s Bridges Program.
education, in particular the furthering of higher education
opportunities for minorities and women, is a priority area for us,
as is supporting the communities where Praxair has a substantial
presence, and Western is in our global headquarters community. The
Bridges Program is well defined and has established a good track
record, and it has a substantial ripple effect throughout the
Additionally, Praxair will be supporting two
Bridges Program students from Bethel
and Danbury who have demonstrated their interest in
pursuing majors in science, environmental studies, or engineering.
Full-tuition grants will change the lives of these deserving
students. Praxair has demonstrated its commitment to Western in
other ways, too. About 10 Western graduates of work at Praxair in Danbury, in accounting, tax, and human resources.
In addition, four Western interns are currently getting their
professional feet wet at Praxair.
The WCSU Foundation Board looks to
Sanderude for his expertise, and he has served as a member
for just over a year. “Praxair encourages its executives to serve on
the boards of community organizations as part of its good corporate
citizenship efforts. I
am still getting to know Western, but I am encouraged by what I have
seen so far.”
Along with his WCSU commitment, Sanderude
is involved in the community
as well. “I have been a youth soccer coach and am currently a soccer
referee and instructor. You
will find me travelling throughout Fairfield County officiating soccer games and
mentoring young referees on the weekends.”
He has two children who graduated from Ridgefield High School
and attend college in the Midwest, and, although he has lived in the
area for 12 years, he is still getting used to Connecticut’s narrow
and sometimes treacherous roads on his bicycle, a new pastime for
his active family that skis, golfs, plays tennis, and runs.