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Cooperages 1912 & Oak Solutions Group Announce $250,000 Donation to Support The Wine Science Center at Washington State University Tri-Cities

Posted on September 25, 2013

NAPA, Calif. (September 23, 2013) – Sister companies Cooperages 1912 and Oak Solutions Group are pleased to confirm their support of the Wine Science Center under development at Washington State University Tri-Cities. The companies are making a joint donation of $250,000 through the Boswell Family Foundation.

“This project struck a chord with our family, as it is important to us to give back to worthy educational institutions in our industry,” said Brad Boswell, company president. “It is clear the Wine Science Center will play a vital role in the Pacific Northwest as a center for research and education, helping to sustain and continue the tremendous growth this market has experienced.”

Washington State University is breaking ground on the 39,300-square-foot, LEED Silver facility on Sept. 26 in Richland — the heart of Washington wine country. The Wine Science Center is a $23 million project designed to attract world-class researchers and students who will focus their efforts on the challenges and opportunities faced by Pacific Northwest grape growers and winemakers. More details on the project and its unique partnerships are at

Cooperages 1912 has additionally pledged a ten-year sponsorship of all barrel needs to support winemaking by junior and senior students in WSU’s Viticulture and Enology program, under the wine label Blending Learning. This student winemaking project is conducted in partnership with commercial wineries and grape growers to provide hands-on, applied learning for students. Cooperages 1912 and Oak Solutions Group will also provide a visiting to WSU students with cutting-edge research on barrels and oak alternatives.

Cooperages 1912 and Oak Solutions Group offer premium wine barrels, oak alternatives and enological tannins to winemakers throughout the world. Founded four generations ago by the Boswell Family, parent company Independent Stave Company continues to embrace the core values of family, innovation, community and hard work.

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