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Special Notices

Regular Meeting Resume June 6th


Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI
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Stories in this issue

Who is LECO?
Rotary Donates to Boys and Girls Club Reading Program
Passing the Baton to Joseph Taylor
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Who is LECO?
Scott Chrispell, manager of electronics research & engineering, had the answer to our question.  LECO is a shortened version of Laboratory Equipment Corporation.  The company was founded by Carl Shultz and George Krasl in 1936.  Today descendants Carl and Chris Warren manage this family owned business with 600 employees in southwest Michigan and 1,400 world wide.  LECO’s first product was an analyzer that measured the carbon content of steel, a very important parameter.  LECO continued to focus on analytical instruments that focused on increasing quality of production or efficiency.  Their reputation and expertise led to expansion in to other production areas.  Today they make equipment for metals, energy, mining, food and managing the environment.
LECO is vertically integrated, making it own enclosures, controls, electronics, sensors, software and more. Of course today they have apps for iPhones for remote access and management.
   Scott described the new building going up on Hilltop road as a customer experience center.
   Last year was LECO’s first entry in the Great Bed Race put on by Rotary and Slumberland.  Scott is promising a faster bed this year and a team that will be better prepared for the competition.
Rotary Support Boys and Girls Club Readiing
Our club donated $1,000 to the Boys and Girls club to support their reading program.  The funds came from an unclaimed prize in last year’s Great Pumpkin Raffle.
Passing the Baton to Joseph Taylor
President Elect Joseph Taylor, left, is shown received the president's pin from Brian Saxton.  Joe will officially take the reins on July 1st.  This was the culmination of Installation Night which included Brian's review of a great club year under his leadership. He named Alice Ford his Rotarian of the Year for her innovative "garage sale" to raise funds for polio eradication.