GALLIPOLIS — Electrocraft employees have worked together to collect food for local community outreach organizations.
A tradition that goes back more than 20 years when the plant was known as Rockwell Automation. At that time the plant was operating three shifts and would collect enough food to fill multiple semi trailers.
While the plant currently operates only one shift, they still raise significant funds and food. From October 9 through November 9, they have collected more than two tons of food between the money raised and what employees brought in. The staff went a step further, adding incentives for their coworkers to raise more by making it a competition.
The plant was divided into two teams that competed against each other for top prize of collecting the most food. Both teams held lunches, bake sales, and raffled away donated prizes to raise money. Both teams managed to raise over $1,000; bringing $2,000 to purchase non-perishable foods from local grocery stores in addition to the food already gathered.
This year they hope to give food to multiple places to serve as many people as possible. In previous years, they gave exclusively to the outreach facility in Gallipolis, but with the surplus given this year, more food will go to other food banks within Gallia County.
“We’re very fortunate to be blessed with a job. We know there’s a lot out there in the community that do not have,” said Marilyn Cheesebrew, team leader. “So what we can give, we’re more than glad to give.”
The plant has been at its current location employing Gallia County citizens for over 50 years, and many of the employees have been there nearly that long.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.