No matter how the economy is doing, material handling and logistics companies give generously of their time, money, and products to nonprofit organizations. Here are just a few recent examples:
Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) employees presented a program on understanding, managing, and resolving conflict to more than 250 students at Harmony Science Academy in Katy, Texas. The presentation was part of the school's College Readiness and Leadership Program, which is designed to spark students' interest in science, math, and engineering.
Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc. (TMHU) sponsored free inspections of child safety seats and booster seats in cooperation with safety technicians and trained volunteers from SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. and safety seat manufacturer Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. in Columbus, Ind., the home of Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM).
Crowley Maritime Corp. was honored by the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College for its support of SUNY Maritime students with scholarships, internship programs, and career opportunities. Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than a half-million dollars in scholarships for students at maritime academies and other institutions. Crowley President, Chairman, and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. has donated more than $2 million over the years to support educational programs.
NACCO Materials Handling Group Inc. (NMHG), in cooperation with its local dealer, Papé Material Handling Inc. of Portland, Ore., has donated one of its Hyster electric reach trucks to the Portland Art Museum. The truck will be used in the museum's storage facility to transport works of art displayed at the museum.
FedEx Express delivered an orphaned sea otter from Alaska to its new home at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The pup made the journey from Anchorage to Pittsburgh on a FedEx Express MD11 aircraft, accompanied by representatives from the zoo's marine mammal staff and a veterinarian from the Alaska SeaLife Center.
Cat Lift Trucks has awarded Houston-area high school student Jessica Sheely a $5,000 scholarship for her education at the University of Texas at Austin. The annual Cat Lift Trucks Scholarship program awards scholarships to deserving students based on their academic performance, extracurricular activities, and community leadership and involvement.
The supply chain consulting services firm enVista sent a group of employees and a van full of donated supplies to Southern Indiana to help with volunteer efforts after deadly tornadoes ripped through the area in February and March. The group worked with Metro United Way, clearing debris and salvaging wood at three disaster sites.
Intelligrated engineers conducted a series of educational events at the company's St. Louis facility during National Robotics Week in April. Students toured the company's manufacturing operation and Alvey Robotics Lab, a 5,000-square-foot research and development facility. After the tour, students joined Intelligrated engineers for a luncheon and a series of demonstrations.