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Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America Donates $35,000 to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore

March 18, 2015
Sabrina Warburton



Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America, part of Sumitomo Drive Technologies, provides engineered solutions to industrial power transmission customers in the United States and Latin America. With installations worldwide, Sumitomo Drive Technologies products are the preferred choice by many of the largest and most recognized global companies.

Since 1981, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America™ and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for hungry people throughout Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore. Since 2009 employees of Sumitomo’s Chesapeake Facility have embraced this important cause as a significant partner. In 2014, during its annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America and its employees made a contribution of $35,000 to help families in need.

Sumitomo matches 50% of the employee donations to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shore. Throughout 2014, in addition to the $35,000 monetary contribution, the company also raised 2,371 lbs. of food through food drives. During the recent Taste of Hampton Roads event held on March 3, 2015, Sumitomo was recognized as an Epicurean Partner for providing over 74,963 meals to those in need. 

“With so many wonderful giving organizations serving the community, it’s hard to choose which ones to partner with. At Sumitomo, we largely look to our employees to see where their compassion lies. By supporting the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, our team has been able to share our many blessings, and help feed our neighbors throughout the community that are struggling for one reason or another. Our shared belief is that no one should have to go to bed hungry.” – Ron Smith, President & CEO of Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America

President and CEO Ron Smith and Executive Vice President and CFO James Solomon present the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore with a contribution of $35,000 made by the company and its employees.


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