Bill Parker Jr. with Bill Parker III.



1999 National WearGuard
Heros Grand Price Winner

William Parker Jr. and his son William Parker III, president and vice president of McShane Bell Foundry in Glen Burnie, have been selected from among 700 nominees as "Exceptional Working People" in a contest sponsored by the WearGuard Corp.

Only five people are picked for the honor by WearGuard, which makes clothes and uniforms.

The company will feature the winner in a catalog.
The annual Heroes Program is meant to recognize hard-working, everyday people with extraordinary dedication.

The Parkers run the last church bell manufacturing operation in the country, surviving against high equipment costs and a dwindling market.

The company noted that the Parkers recently donated a 600-pound bell to a Baltimore tower where inner-city kids meet to study meteorology.
-The Baltimore Sun, August 18,1999