As we all know, times are tough this Christmas season. But it’s also a special time for children. The Toys for Tots campaign is in full swing and they need your help.
During the first two weeks in December, Monroe Engineering sponsored a toy drive for the Toys for Tots program. The Monroe Staff worked diligently in creating and decorating a drop box, design flyers and to write announcements. The drive lasted for a period of 14 days, and thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Monroe staff, the group was able to collect a boxful of toys.
Monroe is a proud sponsor of the Holiday Basket Program in Southeastern Michigan. Please read the below article for additional information:
HAZEL PARK — There’s still time for families to sign up for the Hazel Park Holiday Basket program — and to give to the cause.
Applications for the food baskets will continue to be accepted through Friday, Nov. 30, at all public schools and the administration building in the Hazel Park district, as well as the Hazel Park library, Fire Department and City Hall, and Fairy Tale Flowers.
Those who live in the district are eligible, as are residents of Hazel Park and parts of Ferndale. Applicants must feel they are in need and will be asked about their income.
Donations of money, nonperishable food and household items will continue to be collected at the same sites for a week longer, up through Friday, Dec. 7.
The top collection site wins bragging rights and a prize. Last year, 17,800 items were donated: everything from canned goods, cereal, rice, soup, and macaroni and cheese, to baby diapers.
Each year, the program plans for 400 families, but demand never exceeds that number. Last year, they helped 363 families. The school district has held the program for more than 30 years straight.
“We’ve always gone under that number (400 families), but we haven’t turned anyone away,” said Laura LaForme, vice-president of the HPPS Board of Education. She added that, if more than 400 families apply, they would find a way to accommodate them.
Each “basket” is a 16-inch-by-20-inch box donated by Monroe PMP in Auburn Hills, stuffed with canned goods, cereals like Captain Crunch and Honey Nut Cheerios, and a $10 shopping card to Kroger. Each school-age child on the application receives a brand new board game, a book, a hat and mittens. Rounding out the package is a Dearborn holiday ham, bagged separately.
Once all the goods are accounted for, SERVPRO of Hazel Park, 1651 E. Nine Mile, sends a trailer to round them up. Hundreds of volunteers will meet at Webb Elementary, 2100 Woodward Heights, to sort and pack the items Friday, Dec. 14. Kasandra Brown, a teacher at Hazel Park Junior High, will bring a busload of 25-30 students to help.
“It’s really a neat process, to see everyone together in the room, having fun sorting and putting together boxes,” said Sherrie Polowski, HPPS Board of Education trustee. “There are so many volunteers. We have parents, we have community members, we have city employees, and we have kids. And then they get their friends and ask if they can bring family members to help, making it a holiday tradition.”
The distribution date is the next day, Dec. 15. Families visit the school for pickup in the morning. The process is completely anonymous, with only adult volunteers involved. Those who are homebound will have their baskets delivered.
“We’re told that we help ease the stress during the holidays, and that we’re able to provide a great holiday meal for families that might otherwise not be able to,” LaForme said. “I’m a lifelong resident of Hazel Park — so is my husband — and the reason we stay is because of these kinds of activities where our community comes together. Hazel Park is a very small town, but we always pull together to help one another, and this is just another demonstration of that.”
Applications for food baskets will be accepted at all Hazel Park schools and the administration building up through Nov. 30, as well as the Hazel Park library, fire department, city hall and Fairy Tale Flowers. Donations will be accepted at the same sites up through Dec. 7. For more information, call (248) 542-9381.
Here at Monroe we’re not just a great company to buy from, we’re a great company to go into business with. By seeking out complementary businesses to acquire, we forge strong relationships with excellent companies, and provide even more top quality products for our customers.
To the manufacturers we acquire, we offer increased product placement through our more than 3,000 customers and major catalog accounts. Our business opportunities provide an avenue to fill excess capacities at our acquired companies, or to replace low-margin business. We also understand the importance of a company’s legacy. We value talented employees and have a long track record of retention and investment in our personnel.
We take pride in strong gross profit and operating margins, high customer retention and recurring revenue, efficient use of operating capital and low product returns.
For us it all comes down to a long-term growth strategy. Why compete when we can forge a relationship that makes both companies stronger? Right now we are actively seeking candidates offering industrial hardware and value-added distribution solutions to the North American market. So if you’re interested, let us know.
We are proud to announce our new line of casters. The line includes complete casters, along with a whole host of accessories. There are a variety of special stems, top plates, brake designs, wheel types and adjustable equipment legs. We wouldn’t be Monroe if we didn’t allow our customers to customize their products to perfectly suit their needs. So on top of accessories we offer unique mounting designs and custom plating technology.
Total lock, direction lock and full swivel casters are available. They come with conductive treads, grey treads, flat treads, donut treads and polyurethane blue treads. Much like they’re made for anything with wheels, they’re suitable for anything those wheels might run over. From carpet, brick, and linoleum, to asphalt, terrazo, wood, steel and tile, these casters will glide over it all. And regardless of your application, they can do the job. They can handle water, steam, chemicals, oil and grease, animal fats, temperatures above 250°F and temperatures 20°F below zero. They can provide noise reduction, floor protection and shock absorption. The strongest in the line can support up to 5,000 lbs. each.
Our casters are made from non-toxic recyclable materials and they’re ROHS compliant. They’re used in medical, food service and institutional equipment around the world. We’ve only scratched the surface of what’s available. We urge you to go to our website and explore our new line of casters. We guarantee that whatever your application, you’ll find what you need.
We’re visual people here at Monroe, so we know the value of a good CAD drawing. That’s why we recently converted all of our CAD files into formats that can be opened by virtually any CAD program. That way, no matter what program you’re using—be it AutoCAD, Solidworks, STEP or something else—our part design will fit seamlessly into yours. And don’t worry about having this option only for a select few items—most of our products have CAD drawings available. We do a fair bit of design here, so we try our best to make life as easy as possible for the designers we work with.
As designers ourselves, we understand how quickly plans can change. A hinge has to be smaller, a handle has to be bigger. If that happens, let us know. If the geometry of the part is the same, we can customize the CAD drawing. And once your design is finalized, we’ll get you the part you need. Be it something we have in stock that we need to tweak a bit, or something brand new, we’ve got you covered. Our manufacturing capabilities include CNC machining, metal stamping, plastic injection molding, zinc casting, stainless steel casting and welding—plus, we paint, finish and assemble. From concept to completion, you can count on us.