Glenwood beer owner surprises the community

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One million dollars will be distributed between four local organizations, coming from what his friends call, “a humble man with a heart of gold.”

Jim Mantyla led a humble life as the Owner and CEO of Glenwood Beer for nearly 20 years.  He died suddenly of a heart attack back in April, but Mantyla is leaving more than a successful company behind.  A charitable foundation is giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to the places that impacted his life.

John Stefanik, President of Glenwood Beer, tells us, “he’d always say, ‘I came naked I’m leaving naked, but I am leaving what I got,’ so that’s the kind of guy he was, he was just straight up your buddy”.

Through the foundation, St. Peter Cathedral will receive $100,000 for renovations to the church.  Gannon University will receive $250,000 to start the James Mantyla Memorial Scholarship, Cathedral Prep. will receive $250,000 that will provide $5,000 scholarships to several students and St. Mary’s Home of Erie receives $400,000 for their Benevolent Care Fund.

Curtis Ferber, Glenwood Beer General Sales Manager, says, “I think he felt very proud of his community and said, ‘you know what this is the way to give back'”.

As the organization receiving the largest donation, St. Mary’s Home of Erie is now renaming its Benevolent Care Fund in his honor”.

The President and CEO of St. Mary’s, Sister Phyllis McCracken, says, “I think anyone that generous or that thoughtful for other people should receive some major recognition from us”.

The giving is planned annually.  The company stock Mantyla owned is invested into this foundation so, as Glenwood Beer grows, so will the foundation.

John says we could talk “to anybody who knows him they will say a few things, but always chuckle about him… but what he is doing here is unbelievable; they will be shocked”.

Mantyla was vital in the success of Glenwood Beer Distributors which represents 32 breweries serving 12 counties in northwest PA. 

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