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Jan-11-2018

Red Brand Honored by National FFA Organization with Distinguished Service Citation

The National FFA Organization recently recognized Red Brand ag fence, manufactured by Keystone Steel & Wire in Peoria, Illinois, with the coveted Distinguished Service Citation. The award honors organizations, agencies, businesses or other groups who have made outstanding contributions to FFA.

National FFA Student Secretary, Victoria Harris, presented the award at the General Session of the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Accepting the Award on behalf of Red Brand was Keystone Steel & Wire’s President and Chief Operation Officer, Bob Beecham, and Darren Markey, KSW/Red Brand’s Executive Director of Wire Products, Sales & Marketing.

According to Markey, “This is truly a great honor for Red Brand. Receiving this recognition in 2017 is made even more significant by the fact that Red Brand is currently celebrating our 70th year of continuous support of FFA. We are proud of our enduring relationship with FFA and the programs we’ve been part of over the years,” said Markey. Red Brand sponsors Proficiency Awards, contributes to SAE grants and supports FFA Alumni. “We continually strive to find unique and creative ways to support the vital role FFA plays in the lives of our country’s youth,” he continued. Markey noted programs like Home Grown, a grass-roots funding initiative that helps over 1,200 FFA chapters annually, and Fence 101, a free classroom curriculum developed by Red Brand that offers a unique way to teach students about all aspects of ag fencing. In addition, Red Brand created a chapter-based challenge in 2016 to help communities in need of wildfire relief.

Markey concluded his remarks by saying, “Supporting our country’s future ag leaders is in Red Brand’s DNA, and we look forward to many more years of partnership with FFA.” More about Red Brand’s support of FFA can be found at their website, redbrand.com/ffa.


Red Brand Fence is manufactured at Keystone Steel & Wire and is home to the first fence-weaving machine, invented in 1889. To this day, Red Brand agricultural fence products are still 100% American-made in Peoria, Illinois.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

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Left to Right: Victoria Harris, Bob Beecham, Darren Markey

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