Community Giving

By December 5, 2023Fall 2023 Issue 36

Takeuchi Gives Back to Local Communities with Machines, Meals and More

Takeuchi’s corporate culture is built upon a foundation of helping and supporting others, and that starts in the communities where we live, work and play. Through the “Takeuchi Gives” program, we’ve been able to donate equipment, engines, gifts and holiday meals, providing students with real-life experiences and less fortunate neighbors with food for their holiday celebrations.

Supporting Students

In April 2023, Takeuchi donated excavator engines worth approximately $66,000 to students in the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Athens Community College. Our efforts haven’t slowed down since then, with additional donations and initiatives designed to make a difference.

In August, Takeuchi donated a TB235-2 excavator and a diesel engine, valued together at approximately $70,000, to Empower College & Career Center’s Heavy Machinery and Construction Pathway. The educational partnership works with businesses in Jackson County, Georgia and the surrounding area to engage high school students in career-relevant learning.

“Our goal is to help our students leave high school with authentic experiences that will help them define and refine their choices about college, careers or the military,” said John Uesseler, CEO of Empower College & Career Center. “This donation from Takeuchi will help students interested in the construction field gain invaluable experience that they can take with them throughout their lives.”

Honoring Heroes

On August 29, Takeuchi joined other Jackson County, GA businesses by donating to the local Hometown Heroes Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. This luncheon recognizes first responders and the sacrifices they make to help their communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Takeuchi donated a 20-quart cooler featuring the Takeuchi logo. The cooler was stuffed with many fun items, including koozies, mugs, water bottles, golf towels, a scale-model Takeuchi toy and a gift cards from local restaurants. The lucky recipient was Guy Baker, a Maysville, GA volunteer firefighter and an employee of Habitat for Humanity.

Feeding Families

For the third year in a row, Takeuchi provided much-needed meals to Banks-Jackson Food Bank. The food bank has been serving Banks and Jackson Counties since 1982, supporting an average of 772 hungry individuals and families each month. Takeuchi staff donated food items to assemble 178 meal boxes containing all the sides for a complete, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Families also received a $25 gift card so they could purchase a turkey and fresh bread to complete their Thanksgiving dinner.

“Through Takeuchi Gives, we’ve been able to help young people on the cusp of adulthood learn more about trade professions that can become their lifelong careers,” said Jeff Stewart, president of Takeuchi-US. “We also feel it’s so important to give back to our communities by supporting people who simply need a little help during the holiday season. It’s extremely gratifying to make a difference, and Takeuchi will continue finding ways to enrich the lives of others.”