In addition, the company has contributed extraordinary gifts of time and talent to local and national charities. For nearly 25 years, Autocam has been a major donor to United Way, and has been recognized several times as one of the highest per-capita contributors in Kent County, Michigan. Since the mid-1990s, the company has also participated in United Way’s annual Day of Caring, giving its employees the day off to volunteer on various community projects. From Toys for Tots and blood drives to hands-on efforts for Habitat for Humanity and food pantries, Autocam employees regularly assist the underserved.
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John Kennedy, Autocam’s Founder and former CEO and President, was the lead donor for the state-of-the-art, LEED-certified John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), which opened in 2007. The building focuses on water conservation, energy use reduction and indoor environmental quality and serves as a living testament to the Kennedy family’s dedication to environmental stewardship.
In fall 2012, Autocam invested in West Michigan’s economic future by establishing three full-tuition scholarships at Grand Valley State University.
During the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan’s annual dinner, Chris Qualters, vice president of sales and marketing at Autocam, presented Christopher Foster of Fruitport, Mich., Preston Purdue of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Leah Bauer of Pinckney, Mich., with custom Autocam backpacks to congratulate the students on their scholarships and welcome them to the Autocam team.
In addition to the scholarships, the students will participate in summer internships with Autocam’s engineering department. They have also been invited to fulfill their cooperative education requirements at Autocam.
The company’s other educational endeavors include an active apprenticeship program and a popular Advanced Manufacturing Partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.
Autocam’s commitment to the community starts at the top. Founder and former CEO and President, John Kennedy, and his wife, Nancy Kennedy, recently received the Chaille Community Philanthropy Award from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. The award recognizes their family’s service to the foundation, as well as to Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids University Prep Academy, St. Mary’s Hospital, United Way, and Catholic education in Grand Rapids. John Kennedy has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards and was previously a commissioner for the Michigan Department of Transportation.