Corporate Citizen Award | Speaks Chapels
 

Toast to Our Towns

Toast to Our Towns

September 25, 2021

Businesses Giving Back

Each year, Truman Heartland recognizes a corporate citizen whose generosity in charitable giving tremendously impacts the region we serve. Our community is a generous one, and we consider it a privilege to recognize those companies whose philanthropy makes our community a better place to live and serve.

 

The 2021 Corporate Citizen of the Year is Continental Siding.

Continental Siding has been a fixture in the Independence community for nearly 40 years. With core values steeped in innovation and integrity, Continental Siding is a shining example of how generosity and compassion in business can make a positive change in communities.

While Covid-19 forced many businesses to lay off employees and shut down operations, Owner and President Alec Cook continued to pay his 2,000 employees, even if they were unable to work. To further ensure the financial stability of both his employees and those they know and love during the crisis, he gave each employee a bonus and an additional $500 to pay it forward and help someone in need.

When Covid impacted local fundraising events, like the SantaCaliGon Days Festival, Alec worked tirelessly to find additional resources to help the Independence Chamber of Commerce continue its good work. His generous efforts set a high bar for other Chamber members, bringing in more than $75,000 in annual memberships to help sustain the Chamber and protect jobs.

From funding scholarships for students at his alma mater, Truman High School, donating the company's advertising budget to bolster local charitable giving, or volunteering on numerous boards and attending charity events, Alec and Continental Siding are making a significant positive impact in the local community every day.

Past Recipients

2020 – Speaks Chapels
2019 – GEHA
2018 – Tingle Flooring
2017 – Cable-Dahmer Automotive Group
2016 – Missouri Mavericks
2015 – Mid-Continent Public Library
2014 – Corporate Copy Print
2013 – Silverstein Eye Centers
2011 – Rotary District 6040, Heartland Service Award
2010 – Centerpoint Medical Center
2009 – Data Systems International
2008 – MeraVic
2006 – The EXAMINER
2005 – Meyer Music
2004 – Haldex
2003 – Commerce Bank
2002 – Jim Kidwell Construction
2001 – American Sterling Bank
2000 – Blue Ridge Bank & Trust

 

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