Jan 28, 2016

Pedaling as hard as they could, members of our sales team recently assembled 111 bicycles in a challenge that provided bikes for children throughout Georgia.

We partnered with Perpetual Motion Bicycles in Carrollton, Ga. for the challenge, which was held as part of our annual sales meeting for its Electrical, Industrial and Tools and Assembled Products divisions.

“Following Southwire’s strong commitment to improving our communities, we wanted to add a component to the sales meeting that allowed the team to give back,” said Norman Adkins, president of the Electrical Division. “At the same time, we wanted to include a team-building challenge.”

To achieve both, organizers planned breakout sessions in which attendees received basic tools and instructions. Teams of three to five people were given 25 minutes - five to plan and organize and 20 to assemble a bike. Teams earned points for a quality, the number of accessories included on a bike and the quickest assembly time. The winning team from each session earned the opportunity to donate $1,000 to a non-profit organization of its choosing.

“Our goal was to assemble 100 bicycles,” Adkins said. “Not only did we beat that goal, but we will donate $11,000 to charities across the country. Giving back is part of how we do business at Southwire. Our team is proud to have played a role in bringing that commitment to life.”

Representatives from Perpetual Motion provided all necessary tools and equipment for the challenge and performed quality check on all of the bicycles, which will be distributed to children ages 7-14 throughout the state by the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes. The organization provides foster care through and operates homes and camps for children, including Alice’s House in Carrollton.