‘Plant with Heart’ Wins Live United Cup

Employees' fundrasing, volunteerism pace 2016 UW corporate campaign

Aug 23, 2016

The rhythm at Trenton (Mich.) Engine Complex had a new beat as the River Rouge (Mich.) High School marching band made their way through the plant to celebrate Trenton’s Live

River Rouge High School kicks of the event at plant
River Rouge High kicks of the plant’s celebration.

United Cup victory on Aug. 16.

To win the cup, the complex had the greatest percentage increase in United Way monetary and volunteer participation along with the most mittens and gloves collected for Mittens for Detroit, a local nonprofit.

Second, third, fourth and fifth place for achieving the greatest percentage of improvement in monetary and voluntary participation were awarded to Kokomo (Ind.) Transmission Plant, Jefferson North Assembly Plant (Detroit), Kokomo (Ind.) Casting Plant and Dundee (Mich.) Engine Plant. Employees and leaders from those plants will join Trenton Engine on Sept. 13 for a manufacturing-wide recognition event at the Auburn Hills Complex.

“Today was fantastic,” Michelle Pritchett, Joint Team Leader Selection Committee–Trenton Engine Complex, said. “The energy was contagious during the event. Watching people dance and celebrate made all our hard work worth it, and it’s exciting that we are this year’s United Way champions.”

Pritchett also was honored as the employee with the most volunteer hours. In total, U.S. and Canadian employees donated more than $7 million to the FCA US 2016 United Way campaign.

Trenton Engine Leadership, UAW Reps abd Powertrain Leadership
Employees show their pride and victory spirit during a ‘Live United’ town hall.

Along with an employee participation rate of 60 percent and pledges of more than $130,000, the Trenton Engine Complex team volunteered nearly a 1,000 hours taking the cup from last year’s winners, the Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex.

To celebrate, a Jeep® Wrangler carrying the trophy led the marching band, leadership and employees from the North Plant to the South Plant where they gathered for a special town hall. During the ceremony, Plant Managers Lamarcus Keels and Kevin Sell along with UAW Local 372 President Gabe Solano, international UAW representatives and Powertrain Leaders congratulated employees for their dedication to United Way.

“It’s important to take the time to celebrate our successes as a plant,” Sell said. “Not just from a manufacturing standpoint, but on a personal level. Today’s parade was a sincere thank you to everyone in our family who took the time to give back to our community.”

To conclude the event, red heart-shaped balloons fell from the ceiling as a “Live United Cup Champions” banner was revealed.

“Here at Trenton, our core values are ‘Believe, Together, Legacy and Pride’ and we put those values at the heart of everything we do,” Keels said. “When we come together and win something like this, it proves to us, that we truly are the plant with heart. And we are going to be the first plant to retain the cup.”