A leading Michigan manufacturer increased its commitment to local community health and economic development in Charlotte through a pair of donations totaling more than $1 million.
presented $75,000 to support ongoing programs in community health and wellness through AL!VE
. The donation is the seventh of 10 installments of a $10 million donation originally pledged in 2009 by the Spartan Motors Foundation. The Foundation represents the charitable arm of Spartan Motors and was developed to impact the tri-county area surrounding the company's Charlotte, Mich., headquarters.
"We started in Charlotte and it is important for us to stay committed and support a community that has done so much for us," says Daryl Adams, president and chief executive officer of Spartan Motors. "We know a majority of our employees reside in Charlotte and we want to invest in organizations and initiatives that benefit our community and the wellbeing of our employees."
Spartan Motors further reinforced its support of Charlotte by announcing a $30,000 commitment over the next three years to Charlotte Rising
—the regional offshoot of Gov. Rick Snyder's larger Rising Tide initiative to advance economic prosperity in 10 communities across Michigan. The Rising Tide program is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development.
"Charlotte Rising is a new opportunity for us to invest directly in Charlotte in the hopes that we might advance the revitalization that is starting to take shape in downtown," says Adams. "New restaurants, affordable new housing, new developments are all signs of a healthy, flourishing downtown, and that's our desire for the city of Charlotte."
Spartan Motors is a leading designer, engineer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty vehicles, specialty chassis, vehicle bodies and parts for the fleet and delivery, recreational vehicle, emergency response, defense forces and contract assembly markets. Headquartered in Charlotte, Mich., for more than 40 years, the company employs about 1,800 people, and operates facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kansas, South Dakota, Saltillo, Mexico, and Lima, Peru.
Source: Samara Hamilton, Corporate Director of Marketing, Spartan Motors
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
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