Ottawa, Kansas Truck Manufacturer Garners Special Olympics Kansas Recognition
Cargotec’s Ottawa Terminal Tractor Division
2013 Torch Passing
Scheduled on May 28 in Ottawa, Kansas
April 26, 2013, Ottawa, Kansas
Citing its ongoing support of Special Olympics athletes,
Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) has chosen Cargotec’s Ottawa Terminal Tractor division
here as its SOKS 2012 Metro Region Outst
anding Business of the Year.
The award is given annually to a single business in each of the five regions across
the state whose contributions have significantly improved the experiences of Special
Olympics athletes. Cargotec emerged as the winning nominee for the Metro Region, which encompasses a 13- county area in northeast Kansas.
Cargotec initiated its support of SOKS in 2011with a financial contribution. In 2012,
Cargotec expanded its role by funding and directly participating in the Kansas Law
Enfor cement Torch Run (LETR), a relay – run style event that garners visibility and support
across the state for SOKS.
Last May, the Ottawa facility was a transfer point for the Special Olympics Flame of
Hope, a torch carried across the state by participating Kansas law enforcement personnel.
Modeled after the Olympics Games’ ancient torch run tradition, the flame is symbolic of
persistent hope for a better life for the intellectually disabled that Special Olympics aims to
serve through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership
At a ceremony at the facility on the day the torch came through Ottawa, Cargotec
commemorated their earlier financial gift by presenting a $10,000 check to LETR to
support its grassroots efforts. They then surprised the Special Olympics Kansas staff with
another check for $10,000 to SOKS for 2012. In light of these donations, SOKS bestowed
a rare honor for its corporate sponsors by designating Cargotec with the prestigious title of
the Law Enforcement Torch Run “Guardian of the Flame of Hope.”
Taken together with its underwriting of other efforts to increase visibility and
awareness of SOKS, the commitment of a number of Cargotec employees to coach
athletes and volunteer at events, and a mirroring of the SOKS mission, Cargotec was a
fitting choice for the 2012 regional award, said Special Olympics Kansas president and
CEO Chris Hahn.
“Special Olympics Kansas and the Law Enforcement Torch Run are delighted to
have Cargotec as a partner,” Hahn wrote in a
letter to Alan Wilson, director of Cargotec’s
Multi-Assembly Unit–Ottawa division announcing the award. “Your core values of ‘global
presence – local service,’ ‘sustainable performance,’ and ‘working together’ are
complimentary and in – line with our objectives.”
Allan Henderson, manager of quality/environment/health and safety for the Ottawa
division, said the company was honored to not only receive the award, but to have the
resources to help make a difference in the quest to help the intellectually challenged
through SOKS. Henderson, who has a Special Olympian – daughter and has been active in
SOKS, was instrumental in securing Cargotec’s support for SOKS.
“The commitment we’ve given to SOKS has allowed them to provide a higher level
of care for individuals with special needs,” he said. “But it’s not only the money. We have
associates here at Cargotec who have gotten involved as volunteers to support the 3(3)
organization’s efforts. So we’re very honored to be chosen as the winner, especially since
2012 was only our first year of really supporting the organization.”
Intimately involved with SOKS as a coach and parent, Henderson has seen
firsthand the difference that the organization can make in the life of an intellectually
challenged person. “Being part of a company that pledges some of its capital and human
resources to help SOKS do even more is doubly satisfying,”
he said. “By promoting athletic competition, providing medical screening and care for common afflictions, and developing communications skills, Special Olympics provides a solid foundation of tangible support and assistance for helping disabled persons and their families,”
2013 Torch Passing Scheduled for Noon on Tuesday May 28 in Ottawa, Kansas
Cargotec will work to bolster that foundation again in 2013, as it reprises its role as
a LETR Guardian of the Flame and hosts a torch passing at their offices located at 415
East Dundee in Ottawa, at Noon on Tuesday May 28. The Flame of Hope will pass
through Ottawa and end up at Cargotec for a ceremony and formal presentation of a
$10,000 check to SOKS. This year, Henderson said, the support will expand to incorporate
a cookout for employees and law enforcement personnel and a community event.
“We’re expanding it to be more of a community – wide event this year because we
want to increase awareness of Special Olympics and we want to continue to show that we
care about the communities large and small that Cargotec is a part of,” Henderson said.
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