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Delphi Teams with Toyota to Aid Efforts at Improving the Environment


Delphi and Toyota donate $20,000 to the Wildcat Guardians

KOKOMO, Ind. — Delphi and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America announced a $20,000 gift to the Wildcat Guardian Association today. Representatives from Delphi and Toyota made the presentation of the check to Ken Munro of the Wildcat Guardians during a ceremony in front of Delphi Electronics & Safety Plant 8.

“Delphi is very pleased to team with Toyota to make this gift to a volunteer organization that is committed to improving the environment in our city and state,” said Jeff Owens, president of Delphi Electronics & Safety. “We certainly recognize and appreciate the time and sacrifice that the Wildcat Guardians dedicate to helping to protect the Wildcat creek and its watershed. We commend them and hope that they continue their work.”

The Wildcat Guardians Association has big plans for the funding. The Wildcat Guardians organization intends to use some of the money to help develop a public access site near the Continental Steel dam, located off Park Rd. The site will provide the public the opportunity to visit the creek for recreational purposes including canoeing, fishing, and nature watching. The group also plans to use some of the money for funding community clean-ups to remove trash and debris from the streambed and banks and sustained funding for their annual Celebrate the Wildcat event. In addition, the group plans to put together an educational video program about the Wildcat Creek that can be used for schools.

“Toyota believes in contributing to the communities where our manufacturing plants and other facilities are located,” says Greg Laskey, purchasing manager at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. “Through Community Connection, we extend that support to our supplier communities.”

“The clean-up events will not only enhance the stream’s environment but also helps to highlight the problem of littering and dumping,” said Munro, Wildcat Guardians past president.

Organized in 1990, the Wildcat Guardians is a group of citizen volunteers that are committed to improving the health and beauty of the Wildcat Creek clean and its watershed. Their primary concern is keeping the Wildcat Creek clean and resolving issues of abuse of the waterway. Since their formation, the Wildcat Guardians have been successful in removing many tons of trash and keeping the Wildcat on the list of community issues.

The Wildcat Creek watershed is located in seven counties in North Central Indiana with sections of the creek designated as a state scenic stream. The group hosts an annual “Celebrate the Wildcat Festival” each year that begins with a countywide creek cleanup. The festival brings together many local and state organizations to discuss and compare notes on environmental problems.

Delphi Electronics & Safety, a division of Delphi Corp., has operated in Howard County for 72 years and is dedicated to providing products and services to the automotive industry that keep motorists safe, green and connected. Delphi supplies Toyota, a key customer, with engine control modules, to help control vehicle emissions and enhance gas mileage; seat belt tension sensor and passive occupant detection, to help meet Federal safety standards; AM/FM audio and satellite radio receivers, telematics, antennas and navigation systems that provide wireless communications.

This is the second Toyota Community Connection program where Delphi has teamed with Toyota to support a community effort. The program is a philanthropic endeavor aimed at supporting non-profit organizations in communities where Toyota and its suppliers do business. In its ninth year, the program has donated more than $1.5M at 64 events in 21 states.

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