Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Planting Party ; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Rivers to Ridges Celebrate Arbor Day

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Planting Party ; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Rivers to Ridges Celebrate Arbor Day

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By Ben Calwell bcalwell@cnpapers.com 304-348-5188

"How's this for an action shot? joked Tim Hollander, as he leaned against a shovel in front of Eleanor Town Hall. Soon, however, Hollander, who is the general manager of adminstration for Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia, and a group of about 30 volunteers from the Toyota plant in Buffalo were plunging their shovels into the ground, as they spent a busy Saturday morning planting trees and flowers in front of the Town Hall and in front of the nearby Eleanor Public Library.

The event on April 30 was an Arbor Day observance, organized by the Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail, a scenic byways organization, with the cooperation of the Town of Eleanor and with volunteer labor provided by Toyota.

Sandy Maynard, who handles community relations for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, said the Buffalo engine plant, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in September, has a long involvement with Arbor Day and community beautification projects.

"I think we started doing Arbor Days back in 2001, so about 15 years, Maynard said.

Hollander said employees of the Toyota plant are always willing to volunteer for community projects.

"We have 1,600 team members in Putnam County, and we're always very committed to give back to our community, where our team members live and work every day, Hollander said.

The volunteers spent several hours working in Eleanor.

"We're going to plant a few trees, plant some flowers and clean up the area, he said.

In addition to the employee volunteer hours, Toyota Motor Manufacturing provided the plants and materials for the Arbor Day observance.

Toyota "is civic minded and environmentally minded; that's our core philosophy for a sustainable future.

The planting and landcaping in front of the historic Eleanor Town Hall will add to the building's appeal, Maynard said.

"The community can use this building for events, and if we can make it that much more beautiful, then more people will benefit from the work that we do, Maynard said. …

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