Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner curtainsided trailers, announced that employees of Utility’s Marion manufacturing plant received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Marion, Virginia. The ceremony took place at the Marion Rotary Annual Awards Dinner on April 9th.
“For the first time in its 60 years of giving the Citizen of the Year award for service to the community, instead of giving the award to an individual, the Marion Rotary Club has chosen a group of employees as its Citizen of the Year. Utility Marion employees were chosen for the incredible impact their UECC program is having all across southwest Virginia and beyond,” said Dr. Dana Chamberlain, a local dentist and Rotary member.
Utility Employees Changing Communities (UECC) is a program conceived and initiated by the Marion plant employees in 2017. “Every week, Utility provides one free meal to all employees based on the previous week’s collective efficiency results. The better the result, the better the meal,” said Jerry Sheets, Plant Manager at the Utility Marion facility. “UECC came about in March 2017 when employees had the idea to forgo every 4th week’s meal and instead donate the collective value of that meal to public schools, senior citizens, and special needs children.”
Through the UECC program, Marion’s 1,200 employees have donated $442,582, delivering checks to 79 public schools in 23 counties throughout 4 different states. Additionally, every check donated by Marion’s UECC program is hand delivered by a Utility Marion employee.
About Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company
Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company is America’s oldest privately owned, family-operated trailer manufacturer. Founded in 1914, the company designs and manufactures dry freight vans, flatbeds, refrigerated vans, Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, and aerodynamic technologies. Utility currently operates six trailer manufacturing facilities across North America. Utility also has an extensive independent dealer network with over 100 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America. Visit: www.utilitytrailer.com for more information.