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Corning Optical Communications Donates Cargo Van to Canine Companions for Independence

Hickory, NC, January 30, 2009 – HICKORY, N.C. - Corning Optical Communications LLC, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, has made a donor-in-kind contribution of a Ford Econoline E-150 cargo van to the Southeast Regional Center of Canine Companions for Independence in Orlando, Fla. The Southeast Regional Center serves North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. 

Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., CCI is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

Previously utilized by Corning Optical Communications for product display, the Ford Econoline E-150 cargo van will assist CCI in the safe transport of canines to training locations such as crowded public events and shopping centers. These public outings further prepare puppies in training for real-life experiences with their disabled companions. An additional feature of the cargo van is a pull-out table, which will be useful for the handling of crated canines.

“The quality of service that Canine Companions for Independence provides to people with disabilities is beyond comparison,” said Bernhard Deutsch, director of marketing and market development at Corning Optical Communications. “We hope this cargo van will facilitate additional training opportunities, resulting in as many successful dog/human matches as possible.”

"The generous donation of this cargo van by Corning Optical Communications is very significant to the Canine Companions for Independence and our ability to provide our dogs with a variety of training experiences away from our campus,” said Margaret Ager, Executive Director, Canine Companions for Independence Southeast Region. “These training experiences help assure that the dogs that are placed with our clients are able to perform successfully in a variety of situations and truly support our mission of providing greater independence to individuals with disabilities. Canine Companions for Independence does not receive any government or United Way funding, so we are especially grateful for the support of Corning Optical Communications in this difficult fundraising environment."

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Pictured are:  Margaret Ager (Executive Director, Canine Companions for Independence Southeast Region), Bill Sarantis of Hickory, NC (SER Board Member), and Puppy in Training, Gracie (Currently being raised by SER Board Member and Volunteer Puppy Raiser, Moody McCall, DVM of Jacksonville, FL.)

For additional information on Canine Companions for Independence, visit the Web site at For additional information on Corning Optical Communications products and services, visit the Web site at

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics.  Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

Corning Optical Communications Contact: 
Patricia McVay     
(828) 901-5189

Corning Communications Contact:
Kelli Hopp-Michlosky
(607) 974-1657