Friday, November 14, 2008

Husqvarna Recognizes Five Dealers for Outstanding Community Involvement

Charlotte, N.C. [November 11, 2008] – Husqvarna, the world’s largest manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, today announced the winners of its 2008 “Husqvarna Heroes” program, a special recognition designed to highlight dealers for being “hands-on” in support of their local community. Five dealers across the country were selected on the basis of their community participation and good works.

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Each of these Husqvarna Heroes will receive a $1,000 check to donate to their favorite charity:

Ron DeKok, Owner, Dutchman’s; Foley, AL
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Boys Ranch 

Jake Ricker, VP Outdoor Power Equipment, Baker's Hardware/Power & Turf; Millsboro, Delaware
Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company 

Kenneth and Juanita Ray, Owners, Ray’s Saw; Centre, AL
Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Association 

Paul G. White, III, Owner, Warren Industrial & Lawn Supply; Dunn, NC
Ducks
Unlimited 

Keith Penatzer, Owner, Ray's Lawnmower Sales & Service; Summerhill, PA
Alleghany Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society


“Several of our Husqvarna dealers have recently gone above and beyond in support of their local community, making them heroes in our eyes,” said Dave Zerfoss, president, Husqvarna Professional Products, Inc. “Therefore, we want to showcase our commitment to these dealers and their local communities by naming them our “Husqvarna Heroes.”

Following is detailed information about each of the 2008 Husqvarna Heroes:

Ron DeKok, Owner, Dutchman’s; Foley, AL
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Boys Ranch


Ron’s store, Dutchman's, has adopted the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Boys Ranch as its local charity. Over the past year Dutchman’s has donated items to the Ranch for its annual auction and participated in various fundraising events. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Boys Ranch is a program designed to provide family-style residential homes for Alabama's needy, neglected, or abused, school-age children.

Jake Ricker, VP Outdoor Power Equipment, Baker's Hardware/Power & Turf; Millsboro, Delaware
Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company

Jake has been a Volunteer Firefighter for three years with the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company, and has spent hundreds of hours in local schools teaching fire prevention to children. He has also been instrumental in conducting several fire prevention education programs to pre-schools and day cares. The Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company is comprised of volunteer firefighters serving the greater Georgetown area.

Kenneth and Juanita Ray, Owners, Ray’s Saw; Centre, AL
Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Association

As foster parents for the past 30 years Kenneth and Juanita have served over 300 neglected and abused children in Alabama. They work closely with the Cherokee County Foster & Adoptive Association, an organization that strives to provide homes for neglected and abused children.

Paul G. White, III, Owner, Warren Industrial & Lawn Supply; Dunn, NC
Ducks Unlimited

For the past 12 years Paul has volunteered with Ducks Unlimited, a conservation organization that uses over 84 percent of every dollar raised to purchase or protect North American wetlands in order to preserve multiple species of wildlife.

Keith Penatzer, Owner, Ray's Lawnmower Sales & Service; Summerhill, PA
Alleghany Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society


Every year Keith and his sons ride in the annual 150-mile Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride. Before the ride, they canvas the area for donations to support research for MS. The Alleghany Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society serves over 6,700 people in 20 Pennsylvania counties. All funds raised are used for research and services for Pennsylvania residents living with MS.

About Husqvarna

Husqvarna is the world's largest producer of lawn mowers, chainsaws and portable gas-powered garden equipment such as trimmers and blowers. The Group is also a world leader in diamond tools and cutting equipment for the construction and stone industries. Net sales in 2007 were SEK 33.3 billion and the average number of employees was 16,000.