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MFG South Dakota Honored for Community Service

  • A group of MFG SD teammate volunteers whose efforts contributed to winning the 2013 ABBY award: (L to R) Jerry Wallace, Joe Ness, Shwe Than, Terry Schneider, Eric Reeb, Ben Hammer, Travis Swearingen, Amy Huber, Dennis LaJoie, and James Dumire.

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For the second time, MFG South Dakota was recognized for commitment to service in their local community. The Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual program called the ABBYs. Candidates are nominated by members of the community for awards in various categories, with winners named by an independent judging organization.

This year MFG SD was nominated in three categories, and chosen as the Community Involvement-Business award winner for “exceptional performance in support of arts and culture, sports, education, voluntary groups, and community service”.

Many MFG SD teammates are involved in community activities including the Chamber Ambassador program, the board of directors for United Way, Salvation Army Red Kettle Holiday Drive, the Northern State University Culture Fest, and many others.

In typical fashion, during a slowdown early last year teammates pitched in on beautification projects around town, including painting buildings at the county fairgrounds and SPURS Therapeutic Riding Center.

MFG SD employs 385 employees and strives to be a company that models social responsibility and community involvement. According to David Giovannini, Sr. VP and General Manager, “MFG SD is a diversified group that consistently shows their generosity in the community, sharing their time and talents where help is needed. This ABBY award is the earned result of efforts by many teammates”.