General Cable’s Marshall, TX Associates Turn Scrap into Christmas Donation
Empty Stocking Fund Administrator Lea McGee poses with General Cable employees with a $3,000 donation from the company. From left to right: Marshall Associates Eduardo Jaimes, Carlous Murray, Rod Dixon, Johnny Jackson, William Forest, Quincy Walker, Jason Anderson, Rhonda Gillen, (Lea McGee with check), Nathaniel Fletcher, Rick McGriff and Jeff Buck
On December 9, 2011, associates from General Cable’s Marshall, Texas plant presented a $3,000 check to the Empty Stocking Fund, which provides Christmas toys and clothing to underprivileged children within their local community. The Empty Stocking Fund was started in Marshall in 1914 and typically collects about $30,000 each season.
This year instead of collected donations from co-workers, Marshall associates decided to raise their donation to benefit the children in a way that also benefits the environment ― recycling while reducing landfill waste.
Traditionally, steel banding and packaging material at the General Cable Marshall plant had always been thrown in the trash dumpsters and sent with other refuse to the landfill. Early this year, associates created a segregated dumpster area for collecting the steel. Marshall’s hourly associates with a little help from Chad Shiner, Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) Manager, then took over and proceeded to segregate and collect steel banding, drum lids and other packaging which was then taken to a scrap dealer. The associates kept the steel segregated from other waste and avoided sending 30,000 pounds into the landfill and at the same time collected about $3,000, which was kept in a separate fund for the Empty Stocking Fund.