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Sportech, Inc., Alliance Machine and CDI host Red Cross Blood Drive
ELK RIVER, MN – May 13, 2013 – An alliance was formed with three local companies in Elk River who hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 8th. “CDI is always looking for things like this to participate in to help our community.” said Pat O’Brien, Owner of CDI.
The three companies asked fellow employees to give blood donations and the response was overwhelming. “We filled 35 available spots within a matter of days,” said Katie Shatusky, Executive Assistant at Sportech, Inc. “And we are already looking at hosting another blood drive in the near future.” The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of America’s blood supply and the recent events in Boston and Texas show the importance of our nation’s blood supply.
Donating blood hits home to several employees at Sportech. “My sister was recently diagnosed with Stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer and has received multiple units of blood since then. She would not be alive and recovering as well as she is today if it wasn’t for people that take an hour every eight weeks to donate blood. It is one of the most simple and directly beneficial ways you can help save a life.” said Brandon Smith, a Design Engineer at Sportech, Inc.
With the recent events in West, Texas and Boston, Mass., the Red Cross has responded in many ways. The organization has provided additional blood products to the areas, along with shelter, food and mental health support to those communities. Specifically, the Red Cross has sent approximately 500 additional units of blood, platelets and plasma to Boston-area hospitals and has provided blood products to help those injured by the explosion in West, Texas. The Red Cross has the ability to move blood around the country to where it is needed most and it stands ready to assist with any additional requests of blood and blood products.
“The need for blood is constant,” said Darren Irby, executive director of Red Cross Blood Services. “And it’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives when emergencies occur.”
Eligible blood donors are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead, especially Type O donors. Type O negative blood is often used during emergencies, when there is no time to determine the patient’s blood type.
“Our daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer when she was 18 years old. During the course of her treatment, she received two autologous stem cell transplants. She needed many blood transfusions as she was recovering. Before her diagnosis, we were not aware of the substantial need for blood products. Not everyone is eligible to give blood, but those that can, they are truly saving lives. It helped save hers and we are grateful.” said Sheila Swancutt, Human Resource Manager at Sportech, Inc.
How to Donate Blood
All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of positive identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.
John Deere Recognizes Sportech as Partner-Level Supplier
Sportech has earned recognition as a Partner-level Supplier in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating.
Sportech was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.
Sportech is a supplier of innovative accessories and components to John Deere’s Horicon Works factory for the Gator Utility Vehicle Line. Chris Carlson and Jim Glomstad accepted the award during ceremonies held on March 5 in Davenport, Iowa.
The John Deere Achieving Excellence program evaluates suppliers in five key categories including wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness, technical support, quality, delivery and cost management. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.
Chris Carlson featured on The Business Forum Show on KYCR AM 1570
Our very own Chris Carlson will be featured on KYCR AM1570 talk radio today, March 6th 2013, from 5:00-5:30pm. The show was also selected as the “Best of Week” and will be rebroadcast this Sunday, March 10th on The Patriot AM1280 radio from 5:00-5:30pm.
Sportech to Partner with Laura Klock and "Helping with Horsepower™"
Horsepower is something that is very familiar to Laura Klock and the folks at Sportech, and they are teaming together to put some horsepower to good use. Helping with Horsepower™, an organization founded by Laura Klock, Dave Sietsema and Erika Cobb of Klock Werks, helps design volunteer programs that empower, encourage, and raise funds for worthy charities. Helping with Horsepower™ has developed several programs that have shown proven results including the most recent Bike Rebuild Program at the Abbott House in Mitchell, SD.
The Abbott House is a private residential treatment center for girls ages 7 to 17 who have suffered trauma and abuse and are at risk of not reaching adulthood. Using motorcycles as an effective tool to teach life’s lessons on a personal and professional level, Laura Klock repaired, customized and finished a damaged stock Harley-Davidson alongside the girls of the Abbott House, all the while providing education, empowerment, and encouragement that delivers one important message: Just like a motorcycle, you can repair and rebuild anything in your life with the right tools and inspiration.
Sportech, a leading manufacturer of OEM and Private Label Powersports equipment, has joined the vision by designing, manufacturing, and donating a custom FLH 8” graphic windshield to be sold at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, with all proceeds benefiting Helping with Horsepower™. “We are excited to support the meaningful work they are doing with Helping with Horsepower™” remarked Chris Carlson, Owner of Sportech. “We have a great relationship with the entire Klock Werks team and are pleased to donate a great product that not only raises funds, but recognizes a positive advocate for the industry.”
“We are honored that a company like Sportech has recognized the scope of our vision of Helping with Horsepower™ and the programs we are working on,” states Dave Sietsema of Helping with Horsepower™. Laura adds “I am completely humbled that Sportech has made a donation to our cause in this way!” The 150 limited edition windshields featuring Laura Klock and her daughters will be debuted at the Klock Werks truck located at Black Hills Harley Davidson in Rapid City during the Sturgis Rally as well as at the Biker Belles event. The windshields will be sold for $100 each and are only available until the 150 are gone. After the rally you may purchase the windshields at www.kustombaggers.com or www.helpingwithhorsepower.com. Brian Klock adds "Sportech is the manufacturer of our FLARE windshield line of products, so our working relationship with them is something we cherish. To have Chris Carlson/Sportech step forward unsolicited and offer to help in this way speaks volumes about the type of people they are and the type of company Sportech is."