Founder of Our Foundation
Hometown of Elginkan family, which founded Elginkan Community, is Manisa. Bearing the surname Elginkan, the family is tied with Sarukhanids from the side of the mother Ümmehan Elginkan. The family root from the father Ahmet Elginkan comes from Ruse near Shumen, which is today within borders of Bulgaria, and the family is known as 'Necipzade from Ruse'.
The family, which dealt with timber trade, had their first son named Hüseyin Ekrem born in 1924 and the other son Hüseyin Cahit in 1926. University educations of Hüseyin Ekrem and Hüseyin Cahit Elginkan brothers played an important role in determination of their work areas and laying the foundations of Elginkan Community.
Having completed their education in İstanbul Technical University, Hüseyin Ekrem Elginkan graduated in 1948 as Mechanical Professional Engineer and Hüseyin Cahit Elginkan graduated in 1950 as Civil Engineer (M.Sc.).
Following the reserve officer period, which they completed in Ankara, Hüseyin Ekrem and Hüseyin Cahit Elginkan brothers got a start in business life as contractors by performing minor office services and installation projects. The brothers, who expanded their works in contracting area in 1953, are recognized as the first contractors who opened to Anatolia. They founded E.C.A. Presdöküm A.Ş. in 1957, which was named from the first letters of the names of Ekrem, Cahit and their father Ahmet Elginkan, and stepped in industrial area.
In 1954, the mother Ümmehan Elginkan, Hüseyin Ekrem Elginkan and Hüseyin Cahit Elginkan took the decision for establishment of the Elginkan Foundation; this decision was materialized in 1985 following various steps in ensuing years. Although it is not a common application to establish foundations and/or establish bonds with foundations in settled business groups in Turkey, performing the management of the Community through a Foundation is regarded as an extraordinary application.
What is aimed with the Foundation is the eternal living of Elginkan Community and it's being able to serve its nation.
Mr. Hüseyin Ekrem Elginkan, the founder of Elginkan Community, which operates in various sectors today with almost 3000 employees and 19 companies, passed away in April 2 1999. Along with the fact that Hüseyin Ekrem Elginkan took a leading role in industrialization efforts in Turkish Economy, we think that his mentality regarding Corporate Ethics and/or Corporate Ethical Values, importance of which has been increasingly understood in recent years, is also the most important legacy passed down to us.
We carry the legacy, which we received from our founder, the respectable person Hüseyin Ekrem Elginkan, with faith and pride in line with the principles of Elginkan Family lighting the way for us, and the ideal of ETERNAL ORGANIZATION, ETERNAL SERVICE.