Bard Manufacturing Company Celebrates 100th Anniversary With Laura Story Benefit Concert

laurastoryBy Lucinda Held-Faulhaber – THE VILLAGE REPORTER

In 2014, Bard Manufacturing Company, a local manufacturer of heating and cooling products, is celebrating its100th Anniversary as a family owned manufacturing company. To kick off the community portion of its centennial celebration, the company is sponsoring a contemporary Christian music concert featuring Laura Story on Thursday, January 30th to benefit the Outreach Food Pantry of Bryan.

“For four generations, the Bard family has not only been manufacturing in our hometown of Bryan, but also placing a priority on giving back to the community,” explains Bill Steel, the company’s President. “With that thought in mind, we thought it was only fitting that we continue that tradition and celebrate our centennial by sponsoring a concert where every penny generated by ticket sales will be donated to our local Outreach Food Pantry.”

The selection of Laura Story, a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and worship leader, as the evening’s entertainment also reflects Bard family values.

“Like giving back to the community, our family’s Christian faith is an important part of the Bard story,” continued Mr. Steel, “and so we thought there would be no better way to share that side of us than celebrating with an artist like Laura.”

As a musician, Laura Story has a gift for penning songs that connect with people all around the world. Along with her successes as a solo artist that include well known songs like “Mighty To Save”, “What A Savior” and the Grammy award winning “Blessings”, Laura has also penned songs for other renowned artists including Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable”. Her current CD, “God of Every Story”, features her latest single, “I Can Just Be Me”. Laura is the worship leader at Perimeter Church outside of Atlanta, GA where she lives with her husband Martin and daughter Josie.

Reserved seat tickets for “An Evening of Worship and Song with Laura Story” are available for a $5 per seat Outreach Food Pantry donation at the Bryan Chamber of Commerce Office or by mail (ticket order forms available at The Thursday, January 30 event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Bryan Arts & Education Auditorium in Bryan, Ohio.

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