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Published April 11, 2009, 12:00 AM

Sister companies providing flood relief

Four truckloads of kindness arrived at the Great Plains Food Bank this week from three Fargo-based companies’ sister plants in Virginia.

By: Craig McEwen, INFORUM

Four truckloads of kindness arrived at the Great Plains Food Bank this week from three Fargo-based companies’ sister plants in Virginia.

Tecton Products and Cardinal Glass are suppliers of Integrity Windows made in Fargo, said David Wenzel, Integrity plant manager.

All three have operations in Roanoke, Va.

“When they heard about the flooding, they wanted to do something to benefit the Fargo-Moorhead community,” Wenzel said.

The Integrity plant in Roanoke placed a truck at Kroger Grocery to accept donations for flood relief, he said.

Employees of all three companies volunteered to collect donated supplies.

“They were able to get two trucks filled in Danville, Va., and two from the Kroger store,” Wenzel said.

The response was greater than anticipated.

“They thought they would fill one truck. The media in Virginia covered it very well,” Wenzel said.

“They got very good participation.”

Volunteers also gathered several thousands of dollars that will be given to the food bank, he said.

Together, the three companies employ about 320 people in Virginia. About half donated their time in two-hour blocks to stack and load donations, Wenzel said.

Donations, including cleaning supplies, bottled drinking water and pet food, will be distributed to organizations that are contributing flood supplies in Fargo-Moorhead and across the state, said Steve Sellent, executive director of Great Plains Food Bank.

“So we’ve got shipments going out to Linton and different parts of the state, as well, that were impacted by flooding.” he said.

So far the food bank has received about 15 semi-loads of donated goods from companies such as Clorox, Super Valu and Target, he said.

“This was kind of unique in that it came in from a sister company down South,” Sellent said.


Readers can reach Forum Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502

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