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Modern Groups founder McEwen dies
Founder and Chairman of Modern Group Ltd
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Founder and Chairman of Modern Group Ltd
Joseph McEwen, the founder and chairman of Modern Group Ltd., passed away on September 6. After founding Modern in 1955, Mr. McEwen grew the company into one of the largest material handling and construction equipment dealerships in the country. Under his watch, In 1984, Modern became one of the first companies to develop an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). The company became 100 percent employee owned in 2004.

Mr. McEwen served as president of MHEDA in 1966 and the National Association of Wholesalers (NAW) in 1976. He was very committed to the concerns of the business community and was a member of both the Philadelphia World Affairs Council and the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Commerce, where he testified before Congress on product liability reform. He was an avid world traveler, visiting more than 140 countries, and won numerous national awards for his collection of antique automobiles. Mr. McEwen is survived by three children: Joseph, Jacqueline and Susan, as well as eight grandchildren.

David Griffith, president/CEO of Modern Group, says, "The family deeply appreciates the support of the last few years with Joe and wishes you to know how proud Joe was of Modern, her employees, and how he valued his friends in the industry that he served his entire life. One of the great ones has moved on."

Contributions in Joe McEwen's name can be made to the McEwen Scholarship Fund, a fund set up by Mr. McEwen for the children of Modern Group employees to pursue higher education. Donations can be sent to McEwen Scholarship Fund c/o Dave Griffith, Modern Group Ltd., 2501 Durham Road, Bristol, PA 19007.
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