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Shawnee State University Development Foundation Receives Gift of Commercial Buildings from Lute Family


June 23


The SSU Development Foundation has accepted a gift of commercial property from the Lute family.

Shown in front of the property are Jason Lute, SSU President Rita Rice Morris, Chris Lute, and SSU Development Foundation Director Eric Braun.

The Shawnee State University Development Foundation announced it has accepted a gift of commercial property located at 347 Third Street in Portsmouth, Ohio. The property was donated to the University by Christopher Lute and his son, Jason, owners of Lute Supply, Inc.

The donation includes 55,000 square feet of commercial buildings on a two-acre campus. This was the former location of Lute’s wholesale and retail plumbing, kitchen and bath showroom, and corporate headquarters. Lute Supply vacated the property when the company purchased property in Rosemount, Ohio in 2009. The former Big Bear property provided the company more room for growth, and doubled the size of its warehouse, office, and sales space.

Former Lute building donated

“Lute Supply is proud to be a part of the Portsmouth community, and proud of Shawnee State University,” Chris Lute said. “We appreciate the loyal customer support and resulting company growth we have had since my parents, the late Hobert and Izetta Lute, started our business in 1952. With deep roots planted in this community, our company has now branched out and operates 14 locations in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana.” Lute Supply is a wholesale distributor in both the plumbing and HVAC business, and has added hardware in the Rosemount location.

Lute Supply remains positive about Portsmouth. “As a family,” Lute said, “we have always felt that our best hope for revitalizing the economy and improving the quality of life for the people of our area was through supporting higher education and the arts. We are fortunate to have Shawnee State University in our community, and they are having an impact on our region in so many ways.”

“Chris and Marilyn Lute have been contributors to Shawnee State since its’ early beginnings,” SSU Development Foundation Director Eric Braun said. “We are very fortunate to have partners like them.”

The Lutes were instrumental in the University’s ‘Reach for the Stars’ campaign in 1995, and also maintain a Lute Family Scholarship for Business and Accounting majors.

“The Lute family – Chris, Marilyn, Jason and Jennifer – are long-time supporters of the community, Shawnee State University and our students,” SSU President Rita Rice Morris said. “They have helped us grow through the years, provided scholarships to help more students in our region go to college, and with this gift, continue to help position us to meet the needs of our students today and well into the future.”

The SSU Development Foundation is working with the University to develop a plan for future use of the facility. To learn more about supporting Shawnee State University with a gift, please contact the Development Foundation at (740) 353-3248 or online at http://GiveTo.Shawnee.edu.


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