General Cable's Jackson, Tennessee Plant Associates Build Food Pyramid for Charity
The associates at General Cable’s Jackson, Tennessee facility have built a ¾-ton pyramid of canned foods for the local charity, Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA). From October 1 to December 10, 2014, the 170 associates amassed almost 1,300 cans and other food items, and built a pyramid in the main entrance of their facility to ensure their cause remained on all associates’ minds.
“Some associates contributed monetarily for the purchase of food items, while others shopped for deals at local stores on their off-shift days,” said Debra Eanes, Human Resources Manager at the General Cable Jackson Plant. “Plant management also offered to redeem associates’ “Safety Scratch-offs”, lottery-type reward points for finding and fixing unsafe conditions in their work areas,” continued Eanes. “They donated one dollar for every point redeemed, which yielded over $200 toward the food collection effort.”
Community involvement has become a part of the Jackson facility’s mission in the past four years, and was part of the reason the facility was selected as the Jackson, TN Chamber of Commerce “Industry of the Year” for 2013. Regarding this increased community outreach, plant manager Joe Brown said, “The economic environment in which we operate has created, in addition to an “All In” attitude toward how we run our business, a heightened sense of the need in our community and the desire to help satisfy that need. It seems to be part of how we are sharing our success with those around us.”
Do the associates of General Cable intend to continue pursuing these types of projects in the future? “Community involvement is now a part of our annual planning cycle, and has resources allocated to it just like every other part of our business,” concluded Brown.