ELKHART — Kem Krest announced Wednesday at its new facility open house that it will be the first company to join in on the community ‘Acts of Service’ initiative introduced by Lippert Components that aims to give back to the communities from which their employees live, work and play.
Kem Krest manages and markets customer branded parts and chemicals, from suppliers to dealership networks and production facilities, on behalf of original equipment manufacturers.
Kem Krest is making an impact through more than just their growth and launch of their new state-of-the-art distribution facility. For the past five years, Kem Krest has had an employee-led and managed community involvement committee they call their “impact team” responsible for all corporate giving, community engagement and volunteer opportunities.
Meggan Fink, corporate marketing and culture captain for Kem Krest, explained, “Impact, one of our eight core values, means more than just a banner hanging in our warehouses. Year after year, we have increased our engagement in the Elkhart community and have even spread our impact to our other facilities across the country, including Brighton, Michigan and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.”
Last year, in Elkhart alone, Kem Krest associates donated more than 1,500 hours of company time to local volunteer activities and have supported more than 50 local non-profits, such as Habitat for Humanity Panel Build in their parking lot, teaching Junior Achievement classes and regularly serving lunch at the Faith Mission.
Kem Krest was inspired by the Lippert Components “100,000 Hours” campaign they began earlier this year, a company-wide social responsibility initiative to complete 100,000 hours of community service during 2017, the release noted.
“We are very excited to announce we are partnering with LCI to make a bigger impact in our communities together through this initiative,” announced Fink in Wednesday’s open house. “Thank you to business leaders like Amish Shah and Dave Weaver, and Jason Lippert of LCI, for the passion, vision and commitment that is driving others to make an impact. Without their direction, our community would not be known as the ‘city with a heart!'”
Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Tim Neese presented the 2017 Elkhart Mayor’s Award to Kem Krest for its investment and dedicated volunteer services in the community.
Kem Krest’s Meggan Fink and LCI’s Michilah Grimes have already joined forces to team the two companies up through this collective effort to inspire their employees and their families’ social responsibility efforts.
“To say we are excited about the future of our community’s philanthropic efforts is an understatement. To see our fellow business leaders dig in and get involved is humbling.” stated Grimes, LCI’s director of philanthropic partnerships.
SOURCE: Lippert Components press release