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Columbian Hosts Company Picnic

On Sunday, September 17th, Columbian hosted a picnic for their employees at Douglas Walker Park in Byron Center. Employees and their families enjoyed a day of games, BBQ food catered by Adeline Leigh, and some attendees even went home with prizes and cash!

From flinging around their new Columbian frisbees to tossing water balloons, picnic attendees had a blast.

Alan Haynes, continuous improvement manager, built custom Columbian boards for the picnic. The lucky winner of the cornhole toss was able to bring the set home! Congrats to Ashley Oosterink (Julie Oosterink’s Daughter // Payroll & Benefits Specialist) for scoring a whopping 18 points!

We even had a magician at the picnic for the children’s entertainment. Maciek the Magician performed a number of magic acts that blew their minds.

Toward the end of the picnic, raffle prize winners were announced. Winners had their choice from envelopes of mystery cash up to $500, a Husky tool bag, Columbian swag, and a die-cast forklift model. What would you have chosen?

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Columbian Donates Food to Children in Need

Have you heard of the organization Hand2Hand yet? This organization is doing amazing things for children in our community. Hand2Hand is a nonprofit founded in West Michigan that delivers hope to hungry children by mobilizing communities to provide nutritious food over the weekend to kids.

We have been looking for opportunities to give back to our community this quarter. So after being referred to this amazing organization, Columbian held a Hand2Hand food drive at our corporate location in Grandville, Michigan.

Other local companies participated in our food drive, such as Action Packaging, Bosch Killman VanderWal PC, and Williamson Employment Services. With the combined effort from Columbian and other local companies, Columbian was able to donate thousands of individual food items to the organization. The items collected will supplement food that goes home with children over the weekend provided by hand2hand partners.

“Being food logistics experts, this cause really stood out to us.” said Julie Oosterink, Payroll & Benefits Specialist / Coordinator of this community event, Columbian Logistics Network. “Columbian employees enjoy giving back, especially to the local community. It is important to employees that we are good members of the community and that we share our time and treasure with others.”

The food that we collected for Hand2Hand will be used at their H.O.P.E. Gathering Event in Caledonia. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP here.

Who should we help next? Email Marketing Coordinator, Marion Donahue, with any recommendations: mdonahue@columbian.us

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Don’t Forget to Thank a Truck Driver This Week

Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheel and head out on the highways. Some of them are off to the store, some to school or work and some very special drivers are on the highway for work.

There are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in America. These hard-working professionals deliver America’s food, fuel, medicine, clothing – every item in your home or office – was delivered by a truck.

Next week – September 10-16 – is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. It is a time for us to honor the professionalism and sacrifice of the men and women on whom we depend for so much.

These drivers delivered nearly 10 billion tons of freight last year, that’s about 70% of all the freight moved in the U.S. Eighty percent of communities – cities and towns like Grand Rapids – receive all their goods via truck.

The trucking industry is the backbone of our economy, and our professional drivers are our industry’s heart. They are committed to safely delivering all the things that make our collective quality of life possible. Their commitment to safety is apparent in the consistent improvements in highway safety we have seen over the past decade.

Next week, when you head to the store and see the variety of products that are available on the shelves, think about the professional drivers that got them there. When you’re in your home or office, look around and realize all those items were at some point in the back of a truck before they got where they are.

When you’re out to dinner, think about the meal you’re about to eat and how the ingredients were very recently delivered by truck.

During this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, take a moment to be thankful for the efforts of America’s truck drivers and recognize that without them, your table, your closet, and the store would all be empty.

Our trucks, and truck drivers, truly do move America forward.