Drinkard honored for community service


TOCCOA, GA ... Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that Linda Drinkard has been chosen as a recipient of the company's 2006 Stover Volunteerism Award for Community Service. The annual award recognizes Eaton employees who have demonstrated leadership or exemplary service in community activities and have served as volunteers in health and human care, educational, arts, cultural or civic organizations. The award is named in honor of James R. Stover, former Chairman of the Board of Eaton Corporation.

Each year, nominated Eaton employees are evaluated by a corporate selection committee representing Eaton's business units and corporate staff functions. Honored employees receive a commemorative award and a $2,500 contribution from Eaton to a non-profit community organization of their choice.

Drinkard, one of five people to receive the Stover Award in 2006, is a machine operator in the Aerospace plant in Toccoa and has been an Eaton employee for 19 years. She has been volunteering for over 25 years. Drinkard is involved with The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Georgia, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Black Men's Christian Association, and the Whitman Street and Old Toccoa School Foundation.

"The Stover Volunteerism Award recognizes those members of the Eaton team who epitomize the Eaton vision of being the most admired company in our markets by supporting their community," said Barry Doggett, Eaton's vice president, Public and Community Affairs. "This year's recipients clearly demonstrate a vital commitment to their neighbors and their neighborhoods. Their leadership in service to those in need should serve as an example to all of us."

Drinkard will donate her $2,500 award to the Boys and Girls Club of Toccoa Stephens County, an organization she has been involved with since 1992. The organization offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of local boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

The Toccoa facility, part of Eaton's Aerospace business, employs approximately 150 people who support and manufacture clamps, couplings, flanges and ducting products for aerospace applications.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2005 sales of $11.1 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 60,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries.


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