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KNAACK® Executives Trade Places with Workers for Charity Fundraising Event

Crystal Lake, IL – November 21, 2011 – KNAACK LLC of Crystal Lake, IL held a charity car wash at the company headquarters on Thursday, November 17th to raise money for the United Way of Greater McHenry County. In a humorous reversal of roles, plant workers got the pleasure of watching senior executives do the dirty work of washing cars by hand for the better part of a day.

Seven KNAACK executives at the manufacturing facility took part in the car wash as part of the United Way’s Corporate/Workplace Volunteerism program. The program helps companies create employee-driven fundraising efforts that benefit the local community. For a $10 minimum donation per car, employees lined up for the hand car wash service raising hundreds of dollars for the charity.

Lampooning the familiar management-vs-labor rivalry, keepsake photos of the bucket and sponge-wielding executives were given to each employee. KNAACK President Frank Carroll, who was one of the washers, summed up the event, “We had to work hard to keep pace, but everyone was laughing and having a good time. It’s very satisfying to know that the money we raised is going to our neighbors who are in need.”

The United Way of McHenry County engages individuals and groups of all ages in volunteerism to help solve critical social problems. The United Way’s Corporate/Workplace Volunteerism program empowers organizations to meet their philanthropic goals by helping identify non-profits to serve, managing volunteer programs, placing employees with non-profits boards, and formulating days of service. The hub of the organization is the Volunteer Center, located at 4508 Prime Parkway, McHenry IL 60050.

Knaack LLC, a division of EMERSON Professional Tools, also manufactures and markets a complete line of WEATHER GUARD® truck and van equipment, including drawer units, shelving and cabinets, and racks for full size and compact pickups, vans and utility vehicles, as well as KNAACK® jobsite storage equipment, including storage chests, work stations, rolling work benches and hand tool boxes.

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