Huber Engineered Woods LLC (HEW) facilities in Crystal Hill, Virginia, and Commerce, Georgia, have been recognized as Businesses of the Year. The manufacturing plants, whose products include ZIP System® roof and wall sheathing and AdvanTech® subflooring, were honored by their local Chambers of Commerce (a federation representing the interests of companies and business associations in the US) for their contributions to the well-being of their communities.
The Crystal Hill plant has been quite active in the activities of the Chamber of Commerce in Halifax County, participating in events like a business expo, a local festival and a women in business luncheon. Plant officials serve on the Chamber’s Senior Executive Roundtable and Leadership Halifax County Committee.
As part of its commitment to the community, Crystal Hill is involved in various outreach and educational programs. The plant contributes to the Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation (HCPSEF), which augments scholastic opportunities for local students. It is also among the employers helping the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) internship program bring advanced technology and topnotch talent to southern Virginia.
The Business of the Year award is only the latest honor for the Virginia plant. In 2012, IndustryWeek, a leading manufacturing resource magazine, selected the facility as part of its Excellence in Action Series. Within Huber, Crystal Hill has been recognized for achieving Outstanding Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Performance in 2011, 2012, 2013.
The Commerce facility and its employees have long supported activities designed to make Jackson County a desirable place to live and to work. In 2013 alone, the plant donated to a variety of educational, community, safety, counseling and recreational organizations, including many local schools and sports teams, food banks and outreach programs, Commerce Parks and Recreation, the Jackson County Boys & Girls Clubs, Commerce Fire Department, Commerce Downtown Development Authority, National Guard Foundation and Georgia Public Safety Fire Investigators Association.
The plants have also worked closely with Habitat for Humanity, which builds affordable homes for families in need. They have donated materials for Habitat houses and employees have offered their time, volunteering to work on the organization’s construction projects.
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