Established in 1985, Magellan is more than a specialty steel distributor. Magellan is also an exemplary corporate citizen.
Throughout decades of business, we’ve earned a reputation as an engaged and generous company. The Magellan logo is visible to Chicagoans thanks to our prolific support of many sports teams, music venues, and cultural initiatives.
But we’re most proud of our work with charitable organizations. Through hands-on volunteer opportunities and with direct financial support, we have contributed to dozens of nonprofit groups addressing cultural opportunities and critical societal needs in the Chicagoland area.
It makes us feel pretty great.
Kindness is serious business at Magellan Corporation.
From learning from a boardroom presentation by a world-renowned astronomer to plating chicken dinners in the USO commissary, exploring behind the scenes at a museum to attending executive luncheons, entertaining at client appreciation events, or supporting nonprofit fundraisers, Magellan employees find there’s no such thing as a typical work week. Here are a few snapshots of activities we’ve participated in over the years.
It was a PACKED house during the Chicago Fire's 2024 Season Kickoff Luncheon, sponsored by Magellan and held at Swissotel Chicago on Tuesday, February 20. Our crew enjoyed EVERY SECOND of it!
Fire President of Business Operations David Baldwin promised a rousing season (we're holding you to it, Dave) during a keynote address, the crowd was introduced to the entire 2024 Fire first team and coaching staff, and all the while we were raising funds for the Club's P.L.A.Y.S. Program (Participate, Learn, Achieve, Youth, Soccer).
Among guests and staff at Magellan's tables were Wayne Arner, Phil Salter, Gabriella Pan, Abby Bruggeman, Betty Bogg, Antonio Marshall, Bob Arthur, Adam Pierce and Irshad Ahmed -- joined at table by Head Coach of the Chicago Fire, Frank Klopas. Also attending were Nicholas Burandt, Tim Parilla, Patrick Dahl, Kayla Roan, Alison Ashley, Joey Eshleman and Kasey Madden, whose table happily hosted Chicago Fire winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
Magellan is delighted to once again be sponsoring the Chicago Fire. Can't wait to see these guys on the pitch!
The Chicago Blackhawks promised — and delivered — the #BestDayEver for their February 17 game against the Ottawa Senators. One hundred Magellan clients, staff & family members gathered at the United Center for a day where Tiny Hawks (kid fans) were royalty.
Pre-game festivities included balloon animals, a puppy meet-and-greet with adoptable pooches, and loads of games in the United Center concourse. Our guests then adjourned to a banquet that was complete with a chalk talk with legend Denis "Savoir Faire" Savard and Magellan's own resident hockey guru Josh Dunnington.
And the fun did not end there. The Blackhawks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 3-2 win. Best day ever, indeed!
Employee milestones continue! On January 31, Magellan celebrated two plus decades of dedicated commitment, hard work, and enough steel bundles organized to build a bridge to the moon by teammates Lorena Perales-Tatoris and Luis Camacho. Luis is the guru of the warehouse, knows the ins and outs of our inventory like the back of his hand, and is the go-to guy for any missing bundles of steel. Lorena began her career with us working on freight bills and manning the Magellan window at Noramco. She moved to the Traffic Department and to our main offices proving her versatility and indispensability.
We also recognized a VERY momentous 25th anniversary of Douglas Lila with a DOUG DAY AFTERNOON. Doug has worked in virtually every department and every role at Magellan Corporation, and has seen and helped us grow every step of the way.
There were toasts and a luncheon in our Deerfield offices, and a taco truck fed the guys at the warehouse. Our staff is the lifeblood of Magellan, and we never forget it!
One of our favorite people! Alison Ruble is a superb leader and we are proud to count her among Magellan’s dear friends. Thank you, Alison, for helping make our partnership with USO Illinois seamless and mutually beneficial.
The USO offers programs to active duty, guard and reserve military and their dependents in Illinois, with a mission to strengthen the well-being of the people serving in our armed forces.
Through financial contributions, hands-on volunteering at the Great Lakes Naval Base, donations of marketing assets with our professional sports partners, support of a new USO recreation facility, and contributions of hundreds of tickets to games and special events over the years, Magellan has been actively involved with the USO and proud to support their efforts. No one has been more instrumental in solidifying and strengthening this partnership than Alison. Alison is leaving the USO, and Magellan wishes her the best of luck in future endeavors.
Presenting her with a token of our appreciation is our own David Twiford Ret Force Master Chief, USN).
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team,” Chicago Bulls Coach and so-called Zen Master Phil Jackson famously said. And on Thursday, January 11, 2024, the successes of the outstanding individual Chicago Bulls players, coaches, staff and a Championship team were celebrated with the first ever Chicago Bulls Ring of Honor Gala, proudly presented by Magellan Corporation.
The Class of 2024 included the incomparable Artis Gilmore, Phil Jackson, Bill Klein, Jerry Krause, Michael Jordan, Redd Kerr, Toni Kukoc, Bob Love, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Tex Winter, Jerry Sloan, Chet Walker, and the 1995-96 Championship Team. Hosted at the United Center – where else? – the evening featured cocktails among incredible memorabilia, mingling with the awardees and other Bulls players and staff, followed by an incredible meal on the court – which has been transformed into a glamorous 5 star restaurant, a meal by James Beard Award winning chef Sarah Grueneberg, and a fascinating program featuring Bulls announcers, coaches and players.
Magellan staff, clients and friends enjoyed an outstanding night celebrating these greats.
Former Blackhawk great Chris Chelios was signing hats, meeting fans, and offering insights into the game at the Magellan Customer Appreciation Banquet on December 17, 2023.
Our sponsorship of professional athletics offers Magellan unique opportunities to entertain and thank clients, suppliers and staff. Attended by more than 100 Magellan fantastic and much appreciated clients, their friends and family members and Magellan staff members, the day kicked off with a tasty spread behind-the-scenes at the United Center. In addition to camaraderie and a meal, guests were entertained when Chelios gave a little Chalk Talk, took time to mingle and snaps some pics with fans, before all adjourned to terrific seats to watch the game. The only glitch in the otherwise perfect Sunday afternoon was a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
Remember when we told you we were more than a steel company?
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