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Governor Scott Walker Visits AcuRite HQ to Recognize Company’s Alzheimer’s Fundraising Efforts, Announce Groundbreaking State Program
Dementia-Friendly Employers Toolkit Promises to Provide Relief for Wisconsin Residents Caring for People Suffering from Dementia
Lake Geneva, WI – October 23, 2015 – Primex Family of Companies (PFOC) was honored to host Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for a special presentation at its headquarters. PFOC is the parent company of Chaney Instrument Co., which manufactures AcuRite products.
Walker, along with former Governor Martin Schreiber, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kitty Rhoades, Alzheimer’s Association Executive Director Tom Hlavacek, Development Director MaryAnn Vance, and several state representatives recognized PFOC for continued, companywide efforts to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Since 2007, PFOC’s Alzheimer’s Committee, its employees, and community partners have collectively raised almost $160,000.
“I’d like to thank Primex Family of Companies for all of their hard work,” Walker said.
Walker also unveiled a redesigned state dementia care system, which includes a Dementia-Friendly Employers Toolkit. This toolkit aims to provide support and relief for Wisconsin residents caring for an individual suffering with dementia. It also provide tools and resources for employers to support the employees in their ranks who are caregivers.
According to recent studies, caregiving costs American employers between $17 billion and $34 billion in lost productivity annually, taking a significant toll on both employers and caregiving employees. The toll to caregivers is not simply financial, but also emotional and physical.
Battling Alzheimer’s has deep personal meaning to PFOC, since several employees have lost loved ones to the disease, while others are caring for family members currently suffering.
“As part of our company’s core values we embrace work life balance; which includes personal health and wellness, as well as being good corporate citizens,” said Jon Balicki, President and COO of Chaney Instrument Company, a division of PFOC. “We also appreciate the support of our owner, Fred Koermer and the Koermer family, for their ongoing commitment to the community. It has been very rewarding to see our employees give back in the fight against Alzheimer’s.”
Visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dementia/index.htm to learn more about Wisconsin’s dementia initiatives, including the Dementia-Friendly Employers Toolkit.
If you would like to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, AcuRite offers its customers an easy way to donate, either as a standalone donation, or a part of a product purchase. Visit http://www.acurite.com/join-acurite-in-supporting-the-alzheimer-s-association.html to make a donation.
AcuRite is owned by the Chaney Instrument Co., a leader in time, temperature and personal weather reporting and forecasting instruments, since 1943. AcuRite products are known for ease of use and delivering accurate, reliable information, allowing you to plan your day with confidence. Chaney Instrument Co. is a family-owned business based in idyllic Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
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