Mt. Pleasant NewsThe generosity of the more than 450 employees of Innovairre’s Mt. Pleasant, IA plant and CEO Mark Schulhof made the news yesterday with the story of their outsized generosity. Here’s the story:

Local Company Spreads a Little Christmas Cheer 

For some families, Christmas meals and gifts for their children aren’t easy to come by. Fortunately, the Mt Pleasant community is no stranger to a hospitable spirit and for one Mt Pleasant company, the spirit of giving took on a bigger scale – more two tons worth — than most ever thought possible.

As Bryce Kelly wrote in the Mt Pleasant News, “After hearing that the Fellowship Cup was in desperate need of food for the busy holiday season, more than 450 employees of Innovairre graciously stepped up to the plate and collected just over 4,000 food items to give to the fellowship while Mark Schulhof, CEO of Innovairre, matched the collected food items with a $4000 donation.”

“I nearly fell out of my chair when I for the news of what the employees of Innovairre had done for us,” said Ken Brown, executive director of Fellowship Cup. “I was so incredibly humbled by their generosity and willingness to help so many.”

According to Brown the more than two tons of food that was raise by the Innovairre staff will likely provide the Fellowship Cup with over two months of food for families and local residents in need. The monetary donation is doing directly to the purchasing of additional food for the coming months.

When asked about the recent donation, Innovairre employees say charitable giving is not just something they do at Christmas time, it’s what they help accomplish all year long.

“It’s hard not to be charitable when you work in a factory like ours, knowing that you are working so that somebody else will give reputable charities money,” says Mike Richard, manufacturing manager of the MT Pleasant factory.

“Our employees understand that 90% of the products we produce go to assisting charitable donations and they take that very seriously. I take pride in our employees because they have very big hearts of the Mt Pleasant community and beyond.”

– Don McKenzie is the President & Chief Growth Officer at Innovairre, which supports more than 500 nonprofit organizations around the world. Don can be reached at