Greenheck Employee-Owners Fund Drive for Katrina Victims
In the midst of their annual United Way campaign last month to help local families in need, Greenheck employees dug a little deeper into their pockets and also helped raise $42,000 for the American Red Cross’s hurricane relief efforts. Greenheck representatives Jon Krueger, vice president of human resources, Connie Beilke, production scheduling manager, Jody Meyer, systems analyst and Carrie Arrowood, human resources assistant presented a check for that amount on Friday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. at the American Red Cross headquarters to Don Oakland, secretary, board of directors, Marathon County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Jenny Legaspi, disaster services director and Tony Omernik, executive director of the Marathon County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
"We’re extremely proud of our employees for the outpouring of concern they showed for the human tragedy in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita—especially at a time when we were all very focused on taking care of local needs through our United Way campaign," Krueger said. "Many employees called our human resources department to see how they could help the hurricane victims. People wanted to help in whatever way possible, and we knew the Red Cross has had a very successful track record of mobilizing disaster relief efforts."
In a memorandum to employees on September 6, Greenheck’s chairman of the board and CEO Dwight Davis let employees know that the company would match any employee contributions received by September 30 dollar for dollar. Greenheck’s worldwide employees responded with $21,000 in personal donations, and the company doubled that.
The $42,000 donated by Greenheck and its employees will directly aid the more than 2 million victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita throughout the Gulf States region by providing food, shelter, clothing, health and mental health services and emergency financial assistance to meet immediate disaster related needs according to Romey Wagner, Chapter Chair of the Marathon County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Katrina and Rita impacted 15 times the number of families needing assistance after all four hurricanes in 2004. The American Red Cross is extremely grateful to Greenheck and its employees and to the many individuals, organizations and businesses that have helped make this extraordinary disaster relief possible.
With annual sales exceeding $340 million, Greenheck is the leading worldwide manufacturer of a wide range of air movement and control equipment for commercial and institutional buildings. The company, which began operations in 1947, is owned by 1,560 local employees who work at its headquarters in Schofield, Wisconsin, and 500 other employee owners at its four manufacturing locations and its twelve distribution centers across the country and around the world.
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