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February 28, 2024

Leading global aerospace firm, Ontic, whose Creedmoor site is home to well-known brands Firstmark, Aircraft Belts Inc., and Twin Commander, has donated $5,000 to the Autism Society of North Carolina - Granville County Support Group after Kyle Margeson, a member of Ontic’s team in Creedmoor, won the company’s fiercely contested Global Mario Kart Challenge.

After holding local qualifiers in the summer, the two winners from each of Ontic’s main sites (Creedmoor, NC; Chatsworth, CA; and two sites in the UK) battled it out in the company’s now annual Mario Kart tournament at the end of last year. It was a very tight race, where over 300 people gathered in cafeterias and on a livestream to cheer on their colleagues. Kyle Margeson, based at Ontic in Creedmoor, came out victorious and took home the coveted trophy.

As well as bragging rights, Kyle won $5,000 for Ontic Creedmoor’s chosen charity, the Autism Society of North Carolina - Granville County Support Group. Kyle said: “The work of the Autism Society of North Carolina means a lot to many of us here in Creedmoor. I’m very supportive of their Granville County Support Group and passionate about supporting the autism community. I'm glad that we were able to raise money to help bring awareness and support for families of autistic children and adults. As someone with autistic friends, I hope our contributions will go a long way to helping spread awareness and support in this community.”

On top of the $5,000 ‘winner’s’ check, the entry fees from Creedmoor are also being donated to the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Joshua Florio, General Manager of the Creedmoor site for Ontic said: “Supporting our local communities is really important to us at Ontic. We run regular events to raise money for a variety of charities, including toy drives and food drives, and we’re proud to have a local Corporate Responsibility team on each site who are always looking out for ways to raise money and ensure members of Team Ontic have fun while they’re doing it.

“It’s an exciting time for Ontic in Creedmoor as we recently doubled the size of our facility after significant works last year. We’re all set with the extension now and ready to take on more work and significantly increase the size of our team as Ontic continues to invest in new licenses around the globe.”

Michael Hooker, The Autism Society of North Carolina’s Development Associate who came to Ontic to receive the cheque said: “This contribution from Ontic will help so many of our families in Granville County. We are so thankful for the support from local community groups like yourselves. On behalf of the families we serve, thank you.”