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Over 900 Lifetime Products Employees Refurbish and Beautify USU Botanical Center

May 14, 2012

Botanical Gardens

CLEARFIELD, UTAH — Donning florescent yellow shirts and armed with gardening tools, over 900 employees donated more than 2,800 man hours to beautify and refurbish the Utah State University Botanical Center in Kaysville. The hefty endeavor was part of Lifetime's 7th Annual Community Service Project.

Each year, Lifetime employees participate in a large group project to join forces and give back to neighboring communities. The project is always conducted off the clock and earns employees a credit toward Lifetime’s employee benefit program that gives a percentage of the company’s revenue to each employee.
 
“Lifetime is more than just products. We’re people who make a difference in everything we do – both inside and outside of our factory walls,” said Lifetime President Richard Hendrickson. “We’re proud to be a worldwide company, but it’s important to us to always give back to the community here at home where we operate and are headquartered. Our annual community service project is a monumental way for us to make a difference in our local area. It’s truly inspiring and heart-warming to watch nearly one thousand people working together to improve where they live and work.”

After initial groundwork preparation by over 75 employees on Friday evening, more than 880 employees worked together Saturday morning tackling a list of projects simultaneously including removing debris, rocks, and weeds; planting flowers, grass and trees; cleaning ponds; painting fences, bridges and gates and spreading bark to help beautify and improve the center's grounds, gardens, and facilities. In addition, the group planted potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash and corn that will be donated to the local community through the USU Botanical Center's Food Pantry Garden program.

Operated by Utah State University, the USU Botanical Center is a 1,000-acre facility dedicated to education, research, recreation, and demonstration projects. USU Botanical Center’s Director David Anderson said, "It was a spectacular effort and we appreciate all the work done by Lifetime Products’ employees. We operate the center with a very small staff and the amount of work the volunteers accomplished in a few hours, giving up part of their day off, would be impossible for us to complete even over several weeks. Some even returned later in the week to finish some painting that couldn’t be done because of cold temperatures on their service day. We cannot thank all the volunteers enough.”