published on March 20, 2017 - 3:17 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

A handful of Central Valley businesses are stepping up to support renovations at Fresno’s Discovery Center.

Family-owned businesses Pitman Family Farms, Charles McMurray Co., and the Selma Auto Mall are just a few businesses sponsoring the nonprofit museum’s makeover and new exhibits.

Sanger-based Pitman Family Farms, a third-generation poultry producer, is sponsoring the center’s egg farm exhibit, which will enable visitors to weight and sort eggs as they learn about life on a farm.

“We are honored to be a part of educating young minds on the practices of organic poultry farming,” Pitman Family Farms CEO David Pitman said in a statement.

Charles McMurray Co., a Fresno-based wholesale distributor of household hardware, is sponsoring the airway track and engineering tower exhibits.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this excellent project,” CEO Charlie McMurray said in a statement. “Hands-on education is such an important learning tool and we are excited that the Discovery Center can now offer more opportunities to the community.”

The Selma Auto Mall is underwriting an augmented reality sandbox, an exhibit that will use 3D imaging to project topographic simulations onto the sand as visitors sculpt it. The system teaches geographic, geologic and hydrologic concepts.

Other renovation sponsors include Home Depot, Comcast, DeYoung Properties, Rock NJK Farms, Brighten Academy, ABC Cooling and Heating Services, and Hedrick’s Chevrolet. The Discovery Center and MOMS Club of Fresno North are hosting a March 25 fundraiser for the project. Visit to purchase tickets or make a donation.

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