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United Way recognizes four companies for their giving

Fitchburg, Mass. -United Way of North Central Massachusetts recognized Tuesday, at its annual meeting, four companies that have contributed more than $1 million of support since the nonprofit agency was created in 1979.

Workers' Credit Union, Sterilite Corporation, Bemis Associates and Tyco SimplexGrinnell were all recognized for surpassing the $1 million mark in total contributions over the past 32 years.  

"The level of support and consistency of it, year-in and year-out, is remarkable, said Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts. "I want to extend a warm thank you to management and the employees for their tremendous support over the years."

Fitchburg-based Workers' Credit Union's Doug Petersen thanked his employees for making the milestone possible. "They do a tremendous job and, most of all, make it fun to give."

"Giving back to the community that supports us is important," said Steve Stone, executive vice president of Sterilite Corp., Townsend.

Dave Baer from Tyco SimplexGrinnell, based in Westminster, is this year's United Way campaign chairman. He acknowledged his employees for their tremendous support. "We as a company have embraced United Way Youth Venture as one of our company charitable initiatives, which the employees have enthusiastically embraced."

"Our employees have been terrific supporters over the years," said Abbie MacCallum from Bemis Associates, headquartered in Shirley.