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LAEC honors companies that give

The Daily Times-Call

LONGMONT — The Longmont Area Economic Council took a break from its usual activities Wednesday to honor those companies “willing to do more,” as President and CEO John Cody put it.

“These are designed to recognize a part of the way that our employers support our community — through their charitable giving,” Cody told the audience at the fourth annual Community Appreciation Luncheon at the Raintree Conference Center.

Tuscarora, a company that designs and manufactures protective packaging and material-handling products, was honored for its hiring of disabled workers over the years.

“The staff at Tuscarora treat our crew as members of the family,” said Holly Ewing, team leader for the employment services department with North Metro Community Services.

Ewing said the company’s Longmont facility employs 16 full- and part-time disabled workers. Craig Hammer, production manager, accepted the award from Ewing.

“If you’re having a bad day, you can go to one of these people, have a conversation, and it just lightens the mood for the whole day,” Hammer said.

Community Food Share CEO Jim Baldwin presented a community appreciation award to Horizon Organics, which has supported the food bank since the company’s inception in 1992.

Baldwin said that when CFS started 22 years ago, it distributed 40,000 pounds of food to needy area residents. Last year, the total was more than 1 million pounds, and Baldwin reported that so far this year, donations are up 40 percent over this time last year.

He called Horizon “one of the biggest supporters” of CFS.

“I can’t say how proud I am to be a part of that organization,” said Sue Morse, Horizon’s vice president of human resources and CFS board member.

Junior Achievement’s Carol Rhine said that her organization couldn’t exist without the help of companies like Case Logic.

Originally founded in Boulder in 1984 as a manufacturer of audio cassette storage cases, Case Logic today makes dozens of types of storage cases for all types and sizes of consumer electronic devices. The company has been headquartered in Longmont since 1991.

Rhine said that Junior Achievement, which helps build a “bridge between education and business,” served 68,000 students in the Denver metro area last year — 1,800 of them in the St. Vrain Valley School District. This year, the number in the school district is up to 2,300.

Erin Barclay of Case Logic accepted the award for her company.

Wednesday’s award winners were chosen by the LAEC’s existing industry committee.

Tony Kindelspire can be reached at 303-776-2244, Ext. 291, or by e-mail at tkindelspire@times-call.com.