Columbian Donates to Boy Scouts of America

Columbian Donates to Boy Scouts of America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2016

Columbian Logistics Network Donates to Boy Scouts of America

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Columbian Logistics Network has donated up to 12,000 square feet of warehouse space to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for their annual popcorn sales. In addition to the square footage, Columbian has donated employee labor and a lift to help load and unload their boxes. Columbian will continue to donate space to the troops until the middle of November.

There are over 1,000 Boy Scout troops and packs that sell popcorn in Michigan, with 220-250 of those units being located in West Michigan. Columbian happens to be the hub for the distribution. This specific warehouse serves all 25 Michigan counties that the Boy Scouts cover. Loads come to Columbian first, where they are picked and loaded before being distributed to other warehouses across Michigan. According to Assistant Scout Executive, John Gower, approximately 20,000 cases of popcorn will make its way to Columbian Logistics Network before being distributed. This total adds up to about $1.65 million dollars’ worth of popcorn. Gower commented, “We need a good company like Columbian to help us.”

When a scout makes a sale, 70% of the profit goes back  to the scout, his troop or pack, and his council. Gower said, “We appreciate Columbian’s commitment to scouting and the fact that every box that we sell goes back to scouting. Because of companies like Columbian, we do not have to pay costs for trucks or warehousing.” Columbian is proud to support an organization that supports character development and values-based leadership training.

Columbian Vice President of Warehouse Operations, Jim Gadziemski, said, “As an Assistant Scoutmaster with a Boy Scout Troop in Ada, it was an easy decision to make, when I received the call about the BSA needing help. The BSA is focused on developing youth in many areas of life including leadership, high ethical standards, and providing service to others. Anything Columbian could do to serve an organization that is so good for our youth is absolutely something we want to be a part of.”



About Boy Scouts of America:

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories.  For more information, go to


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