Lewiston, MN November 30, 2015 – PlastiCert, a 34 year veteran of innovative and quality plastic injection molding design and manufacturing services, kicked of the holiday season through volunteering and emphasizing the need to give back to the community.
On the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, PlastiCert President and Owner Craig Porter made a two hour drive to the Mall of America, but not to shop. He was volunteering at Free Bikes 4 Kidz, http://fb4k.org/. As a road bike rider for many years, he has maintained his own rode bike and, following his younger brother’s lead, volunteered to be a mechanic for a morning. Volunteers examine donated bikes for safety, and then gone through against a checklist of maintenance and replacement items, adjusting gearshift systems, brakes, and alignments, truing wheels, and replacing tires and inner tubes. In September of this year, the Mall of America opened its doors to FB4K and provided an amazing workspace on the first floor of the new north side addition to clean, repair and distribute 5000+ bikes. Sponsorship through parts, tools and other items are provided through the generous help of key partners like Allina Health, QBP, Penn Cycle, Park Tool, and Nice Ride MN.
“At PlastiCert, our monthly coworker meetings include a segment on community and I emphasize volunteering, not just in words but in actions,” said Porter. “I volunteer in numerous ways throughout the community and stress that our organization should as well. Our people know that, like at work, I feel everyone has skills that they can apply to in-need situations that could use them.”
Additional plans for the holidays include company paid time off for participating in blood donations, gift tree family adoptions, care packages to retirement homes and food donations to area organizations.
Free Bikes For Kids is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes, they organize thousands of volunteers to clean and refurbish them, and then they give them away to kids in need. In 2008, they gave away 300 bikes, last year – 5000 bikes. In the last seven years, over 25,000 bikes have rolled through their giveaways and future sights are set on other locations throughout the US and the world.
PlastiCert was founded in 1981 and is a privately held corporation with headquarters and manufacturing in Lewiston Minnesota. Initially a custom molder targeted at the electronics industry, today PlastiCert is a one-stop shop for OEMs in telecom, industrial, computer, avionics, medical markets and more. PlastiCert provides both mold development/build and custom plastic injection molding; including insert molding and over molding. Also available are a compliment of value add capabilities including decorating and electro-mechanical assembly. For more information on PlastiCert and the opportunity we present users of custom molded plastic components, visit www.plasticert.com or call 507-523-2300.
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