Community Leaders Celebrate DSM’s Philanthropic Contributions
Greenville, NC (December 14, 2007) – Community Leaders will join DSM on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 to celebrate their recent win of the prestigious North Carolina International Community and Economic Development Award. NCICEDA is an honor bestowed by the NC Department of Commerce to recognize foreign-owned companies that demonstrate outstanding philanthropy and volunteerism.
In the large company category, Dutch pharmaceutical DSM won for the volunteer endeavors of the 1,200 workers at its Greenville plant. DSM hosts 20 teachers from Pitt County schools each year, operates a week-long science camp for Pitt County middle schoolers and holds a summer academy each year for at-risk students. The company enjoys a close working relationship with East Carolina University and contributes to area charities including the March of Dimes and United Way.
"DSM is both our history and our future. What could have been a plant closure ten years ago is instead one of our largest private employers.” says PCDC Executive Director Wanda Yuhas. “Pitt County’s place in the global economy and the knowledge economy is strong and growing because of companies like DSM."
Earlier this year, DSM was awarded the 2007 Industry of the Year Award sponsored by the Pitt County Development Commission. DSM was selected because they exemplified commitment to the community, commitment to their employees and commitment to being the best in the industry.