Hearts Galore

Love’s Travel Stops recently kicked off its 14th annual fundraising campaign for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals to raise money at all its locations to help provide care for sick and injured children treated at 89 member children’s hospitals across the U.S.

Love’s team members will help their nearest CMN Hospital by asking customers to “purchase” $1, $5 or $20 paper heart icons at the register. Past Love’s campaigns have had a significant impact on member hospitals, raising more than $1 million in 2011 and nearly $6 million since 1999.

“We are proud of the commitment team members show to CMN Hospitals during Love’s campaign because they truly put their hearts into making a difference for kids in their communities,” said Jenny Love Meyer, Love’s vice president of communications.

No mulligans needed

Todd Gish, Wabash National global strategic sourcing manager, and Dick Giromini, Wabash National CEO, present a check from a charity golf outing to United Way executive director James Taylor. Held during Wabash’s annual supplier conference, 73 suppliers supported the effort via gold-, silver- and bronze-level hole sponsorships and silent auction donations. “As one of the largest employers in the Lafayette area, Wabash National is proud to support and work with United Way agencies to sustain and promote a promising future for the communities where we live and work,” noted Giromini.

Bus on a mission

A bus donated by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has been refitted as a mobile medical and dental clinic that will deliver free healthcare services to the needy in Haiti. Buses International, a Lorain, OH-based nonprofit, non-denominational ministry, converted the 1999 International AmTran bus and will deploy it to Port-au-Prince in November.

“We are pleased to see that our donated bus will be put to use bringing much-needed medical and personal care to the people of Haiti, many of whom remain desperately in need of assistance more than two years after the nation was struck by a devastating earthquake,” said Diane Shields, Bendix’s vice president of human resources. “Bendix and our parent company, Knorr-Bremse, are committed to allocating funds and resources to help people who are less fortunate. We are proud to support the efforts of this Northeast Ohio organization, which aims to provide assistance worldwide.”

The Bendix Local Care Committee led the effort to donate the bus. Employee volunteers—working nights and weekends—restored the vehicle for on-road operation.

Bulldogging techs

Recognizing the need for skilled and expert-level trucking technicians, especially at its dealerships, Mack Trucks has announced it’s partnering with WyoTech to offer advanced training programs. Students enrolled in the program will be trained specifically to work on Mack trucks, including their engines, electrical and electronics, emissions systems, and powertrain and chassis components at the WyoTech campus in Blairsville, PA, beginning next spring.

“Our technologically advanced trucks require technicians who understand how all of the systems and components work together,” noted John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing. “We worked with WyoTech to develop a Mack-specific curriculum so that our dealers have more highly skilled technicians to consider in their hiring decisions.”

WyoTech is a division of Corinthian Colleges Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education firms in North America. Via six campuses in the U.S., WyoTech offers degree and diploma programs in such fields as automotive and diesel mechanics and collision/refinishing.