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Fort Wayne Metals: from the top down, people care and act

A group photo of Fort Wayne Metals staff after wielding hammers and nails for a local Habitat for Humanity project.

Fort Wayne Metals specializes in making precision wire-based products that are used for critical applications. Below, the company notes how helping out in the community is part of its overall mission.

Supporting the Fort Wayne, Indiana, community is a hallmark of our organization. It begins with our Chairman and CEO, Scott Glaze, who cares deeply about not only reinvesting in his employees, but in a variety of local causes and charities that are close to his heart. Scott’s passion for giving back is reflected in our people. As dedicated as our employees are to making lives better through the work they do, they desire just as much to improve lives in our own community by volunteering their time and talents.

At Fort Wayne Metals, there are plenty of opportunities for our employees to demonstrate their kindness and generosity. Responding to the pressing need for affordable housing, we teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne. In September, more than 50 people equipped with hammers, nails, saws and plenty of muscle collectively answered the call to help with a panel build on our campus. Working in teams, they constructed the outer walls for a home that now stands in our community. Since 2020, more than 200 employees in all have contributed time and effort in four panel builds that were used to create several homes.

For many years, our people have volunteered their time by participating in the annual United Way Day of Caring. Employees assist in a variety of clean-up and beautification projects at area schools and non-profit organizations.

Assisting children in need is a cause our people hold dear. Our annual golf outing supports the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne and employees have long volunteered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana lunch buddy program.

When it comes to giving back, there may not be a more tangible way than giving blood. The bimonthly visits from the American Red Cross to our campus have resulted in hundreds upon hundreds of blood donations, helping to save more than 1,500 lives.

Our people’s compassion for helping others doesn’t end there. It comes through in their support of the Community Harvest Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Arts United and United Way of Allen County. Our people care about making a difference both through their work and their support of our community.

Manufacturers GIVING BACK

This is part 10 of Wire Journal International's first-ever feature presenting 16 manufacturers that have given back to their communities: hundreds others could just as easily have been here. Each entry has a unique story, yet the common thread is the people—of all ranks—who care about their companies as well as their communities. Big volunteer efforts deserve applause, but so do smaller ones as they all head in the same direction. In a time when there is seldom a lack of daunting news, one can take pride in the industry spirit.

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Companies Featured:
Hitachi Cable America (now Proterial Cable America), Viakable, Acme Wire Products, High-Performance Conductors (HPC), Kris-Tech, Allied Wire, Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc., Cerrowire, Belden, Fort Wayne Metals, Optimus Steel, Prysmian, Minnesota Wire, Southwire, Service Wire, Alloy Wire International
Bonus Content:
> Employer alert! Volunteers make for a better workforce.
> How can a small business start a ‘giving back’ program?

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