The Hugo H. & Mabel B. Young Foundation

In 1913, Hugo Young was one of the founders of the Flexible Sidecar Company, a Loudonville business that initially manufactured a flexible mounting for motorcycle sidecars. In 1919, the company’s name was changed to The Flxible Co. (without the letter “e” but still pronounced “flexible”) so the name could be registered as a trademark. Over the years, The Flxible Co. also manufactured ambulances and hearses, but was most famous for its bus manufacturing. At its peak, the company employed 1,500 people, had annual sales of $100 million, and was second only to General Motors in bus manufacturing.

Away from work, Mr. Young was interested in music and the arts. He was a trombonist in the local Opera House Orchestra and occasionally played violin at fundraising programs. The 20-piece Flxible Band, directed by Mr. Young, entertained townspeople from a bandstand located in Loudonville’s Central Park.

In 1917, Mr. Young married Mabel Miles from Mansfield, Ohio. Throughout their lives, they were very philanthropic, supporting the local schools, library, health care, music and the arts, business development, and public safety. In 1963 they established The Hugo H. and Mabel B. Young Foundation and instructed their successors to “support worthy charitable causes which benefit the wide community in which they were active and known.”



The Hugo H. and Mabel B. Young Outstanding Citizen Scholarship was established on June 19, 1990 to recognize academic achievement by students who are leaders and good citizens, qualities fostered by Hugo and Mabel Young during their lifetimes.

Two scholarships will be awarded each year, one to a male and one to a female graduate of Loudonville High School who will be attending a four-year college or university. Each recipient will receive $2,500 per academic year, for up to four years of their college studies. The scholarship must be used for tuition, room, board, books, or other supplies required by the college or university.


Grants For Non-Profits

The Hugo H. and Mabel B. Young Foundation was established by Hugo Young and his wife Mabel Young in May 1963 to benefit Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organizations operating in Ashland and Holmes Counties, Ohio, in the area in which Mr. and Mrs. Young were born and lived their entire lives. Within that geographical area, the Youngs expressed the wish to primarily, but not exclusively, benefit organizations operating in the Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village and the West Holmes County School Districts since the company founded by the Youngs, the Flxible Company, operated plants in both communities.

If you believe your non-profit fits our purpose and mission, we would invite you to apply for a Grant Application Account.