Staff at KMC finds inspiration in campaign for soldiers in Afghanistan
Sometimes business is about more than adding to the bottom line.
The staff of Kickhaefer Manufacturing Company in Port Washington will be showing their patriotic colors during a Support Our Troops donation drive on Saturday, May 17.
The company’s employees have launched an in-house collection and intend to open it to the community.
Collected items will be shared with members of the U.S. Army 101st Airbourne Division stationed in Afghanistan.
Food items requested by troop member include beef jerky, Chex mix, Pop Tarts, granola, pudding cups, sunflower seeds, nuts, hard candy, Ramen noodles, instant soup, powdered drink mixes, gum and dried fruit.
Personal care items sought include disposable razors, shaving cream, shampoo, insect repellent, sunscreen, eye drops, tissues, mouthwash, toothbrushes and paste, dental floss, nail clippers and body wash.
In addition, the company is hoping to collect sewing kits, word puzzles, greeting cards, wash cloths and sandwich bags.
The drive will not accept pork products, aerosol cans, glass containers or any anti-Muslim material.
Adding a personal touch to the campaign, students from Divine Savior Catholic School in Fredonia will be sending along handmade cards for the service personnel.
Human Relations Director Sue Geldreich said momentum for the drive has been growing.
“We have already heard from people at other companies that have said they want to drop items off for our drive,” Geldreich said.
“It is heartwarming to see what kind of response the drive is getting already.”
The drop-off collection will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the KMC plant, 1221 S. Park St.
For additional information, contact the company’s human resources department at 375-6465 or e-mail
KMC traces its roots to 1908 and currently has approximately 300 employees working at four metal stamping and fabrication plants.
Image information: THE EMPLOYEES AT Kickhaefer Manufacturing Company are busy planning for their Support Our Troops donation drive, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 17. The KMC drive is open to the public, with donations to support members of the 101st Airbourne stationed in Afghanistan. Posing with some of the items collected by employees were (from left) Zach Mayworm, Katie Nichols, Vince Keller, Sue Geldreich, Jill Ecklund, Katie Kunkel and Kim Bohman. Photo by Mark Jaeger