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Jun 7, 2013 8:58 AM by AP (Courtesy: MGN Online)

RoyOMartin to donate $500K to Pollock 4-H center

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Forest-products and forestland-management company RoyOMartin says it will donate $500,000 to the LSU AgCenter's Grant Walker Educational Center near Pollock.

Officials say the donation will nearly fulfill the fundraising commitment for a second phase of the center's new multipurpose building. Louisiana 4-H Foundation director Jeff Bush says Phase II involves installing heating and cooling units.

The building will house an auditorium, the camp store, restrooms and storage for equipment used by 4-H students during camping programs held throughout the year.

RoyOMartin, the brand name of Martin Companies, LLC, owns 570,000 acres of Louisiana timberland. CEO and chairman Jonathan E. Martin says they consider the donation an investment in the futures of 4-H participants and the state.

Bush says construction should begin shortly after the summer camping program ends in August.

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