LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wabash National Corporation (NYSE:WNC) raised $360,000 for 15 community organizations at its annual charity golf outing on September 24, held in conjunction with the company’s annual Supplier Conference, which took place on September 25.
“Thanks to the commitment and generous support from our suppliers, this year’s charity golf outing was the most successful event in its history,” said Dick Giromini, president and chief executive officer. “As one of the largest employers in the Lafayette area, Wabash National is proud to support and work with local agencies to sustain and promote a promising future for our communities. Every year our suppliers prove they believe in our mission and values when they join us in our commitment to the community by making their own charitable contributions during this event.”
Laura Carson, interim CEO of the United Way of Greater Lafayette, received a check for $150,000 at a special presentation during the conference at the company’s Ehrlich Innovation Center in Lafayette.
“Wabash National Corporation’s support of the United Way of Greater Lafayette, our community initiatives and our affiliated agencies is incredible,” said Carson. “I thank everyone at Wabash National and their suppliers for the generous support of people in our community and applaud them for their collaborative success. Wabash National is a recognized leader in the transportation industry. With their growth and success they continue to increase their investment in the communities where they live and do business.”
The remainder of donations is being distributed among various nonprofit organizations, including other United Way locations where Wabash National operates: Fond du Lac Area United Way in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; United Way of the Columbia-Willamette in Portland, Oregon; United Way for Clinton County in Frankfort, Indiana; and United Way of Wyandotte County in Kansas City, Kansas.
The other organizations receiving donations from the charity golf outing are Food Finders Food Bank; Inc.; Folds of Honor Foundation; Wabash Center; Junior Achievement of Greater Lafayette; YWCA Lafayette; March of Dimes Indiana Chapter; American Red Cross, Tippecanoe County Chapter; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette; Boys & Girls Club of Lafayette; and Meals on Wheels of Tippecanoe County.
Nearly 100 companies supported Wabash National’s fundraising efforts at the charity golf outing, raising $326,906 with event sponsorships and silent auction donations. Major sponsors included Accuride Corporation, Hendrickson, Hutchens Industries, JOST International, Lincoln Electric, Main Steel, Ridge Corporation, Specialty Rolled Metals, SSAB, Steel of West Virginia, Truck-Lite and Valspar Corporation.
“We want to work with suppliers who provide superior value in quality products and services that provide the best value to Wabash National and, in turn, the best value to our customers,” said Steve Miller, Wabash National vice president of global strategic sourcing. “But it’s just as important to us to work with business leaders who also support our communities.”
Wabash National gave an additional corporate gift of $33,094 at the close of the charity golf outing, bringing the total monies raised to $360,000.
Each year Wabash National actively supports numerous nonprofit organizations in the communities in which we operate, through both monetary donations and in-kind volunteer hours. During the past year more than 60 nonprofits across the country have benefitted from this support.
About Wabash National Corporation
Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, Wabash National Corporation (NYSE:WNC) is a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America’s leading producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985, the company manufactures a diverse range of products including: dry freight and refrigerated trailers, platform trailers, bulk tank trailers, truck-mounted tanks, intermodal equipment, aircraft refueling equipment, structural composite panels and products, trailer aerodynamic solutions, and specialty food grade and pharmaceutical equipment. Its innovative products are sold under the following brand names: Wabash National®, Beall®, Benson®, Brenner® Tank, Bulk Tank International, DuraPlate®, Extract Technology®, Garsite, Progress Tank, Transcraft®, TST®, Walker Barrier Systems, Walker Engineered Products, and Walker Transport. Visit www.wabashnational.com to learn more.
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