Purchase of a forklift has been at the top of GROW’s wish list since the volunteer organization started collecting cardboard and plastic. That wish is now a reality thanks to a $10,000 donation from the local Masons Lodge 31 and help from C & B Operations, LLC.
C & B has provided a fork lift and operator to load cardboard bales for GROW since it opened at the Uran Center. When GROW’s new building is finished that cooperation will be more difficult and the purchase of a forklift became even more important.
GROW treasurer Bruce Peterson talked with Sandy Stinnett of the Masons, telling him of the need for a fork lift and letting him know any help would be much appreciated. Their response was the very generous $10,000 donation, Peterson said.
Steve Merrill, a member of GROW’s building committee, checked out various options and, after talking with C & B personnel, recommended going through them to purchase a new John Deere forklift as, since GROW is a nonprofit, they would provide it at cost, will be able to service it and also offered to store it for GROW until construction of the new facility is completed.
The forklift was ordered March 14 with delivery expected in approximately two weeks, GROW president Bonita Jenkins noted, adding that delivery of the new building is expected in April. Sub-contractors are being contacted to ensure the construction process is as smooth and efficient as possible.
written by Cindy Mullet