A Review of BSMW’s 2022 Giveback Campaign
The acronym TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More, and it encapsulates exactly what Badger Sheet Metal Works stands for when it comes to giving back and making a difference in the community. Philanthropic endeavors have always been an aspect of the company’s core mission, and it’s proud of a nearly 100-year legacy of leveraging its industry experience and resources to make a positive impact. When a company makes a concerted effort to address critical needs in the community, big things can happen.
BSMW regularly puts the TEAM acronym into practice by providing financial contributions and in-kind donations to a wide variety of organizations and causes. The areas of focus over this last year included:
A major, ongoing challenge in metal fabrication is finding employees with the essential technical and problem-solving skills needed to be successful. Unfortunately, programs like industrial arts are the first to get hit by cuts at schools perpetually beset by budget shortfalls.
This chronic lack of funding prompted BSMW to support Preble high school’s welding program by donating material students can use for welding practice. This month, BSMW donated 1,800 2” x 6” weld coupons to the school, in hopes the opportunity to improve their skills encourages more students to pursue STEM-focused career paths.
By engaging the company’s most valuable assets—its employees—BSMW fabricated one of its famous fire pit rings for St. Mary Catholic Church’s annual parish picnic. Employee Paul Eikenberry organized the in-kind donation, which, in part, led to the church having its most successful picnic fundraiser to date.
BSMW also donated a fire pit ring and two sets of garden gnomes to Trinity Lutheran Church.
BSMW is proud to support youth sports organizations that create a positive learning environment and teach vital social, time management and leadership skills to children. A sport-themed fire pit ring was donated to the Shiocton Wrestling Club for one of its fundraisers, and another will be fabricated for an upcoming fundraiser for the Bayport Wrestling Club.
Children and Family
While unable to participate in the virtual bike riding component of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin’s Miles for Matches, BSMW donated $1,750 to the cause. It’s the latest example of BSMW’s commitment to supporting organizations that help our children and better the future of our communities. There is no more deserving recipient than BBBS of Northeast Wisconsin, which mentors children as young as age six in Brown, Door, and Shawano counties.
Equal Opportunity Charities
BSMW made its annual donation to the Howard-Suamico School District’s Taste of the Villages and Auction. The two sets of metal yard gnomes boosted the 14th annual fundraiser, which had its most successful year by bringing in more than $61,000 for The Giving Tree. The organization provides food, school supplies, transportation, socks and underwear, and other assistance to hundreds of students and families within the district. The mission of the organization is to provide support and supplement basic needs of families to enhance students’ educational journeys toward self-sufficiency.
Metal art was donated to a fundraiser for Tim VandeWettering, a friend of a BSMW employee. He bravely battled non-Hodgkin’s large B-cell lymphoma after receiving the diagnosis in February 2021. The money raised at his benefit helped the family with expenses, including medical bills exceeding their insurance coverage.
Committed to Community
BSMW will always be committed to supporting organizations in the Green Bay area. The company firmly believes in making a positive impact that goes beyond the day-to-day operations of the fabrication business. Through its many valuable local partnerships, BSMW continues its work as a TEAM player, making the community a better place to live, work and play, one cause at a time.
About Badger Sheet Metal Works
Badger Sheet Metal Works is a custom and OEM metal fabrication partner for various industries, including food and dairy, mining, petroleum, material handling, and architecture. The company employs approximately 100 people in a custom-designed plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The facility includes a 70 by 320-foot main assembly bay with four crane rails featuring a total lifting capacity of 30 tons and a 22-foot under-hook height.