SOUTHFIELD, MI ... Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that Gary Koval 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.
Koval, one of five people to receive this award in 2006, is a master technician in the Noise and Vibration Department at the Eaton Innovation Center in Southfield and has been an Eaton employee for 26 years. He has been a member of the Eaton Volunteer Action Committee (EVAC) for 15 years and has helped on many of their projects including bingo parties at a local nursing home, collecting and wrapping Christmas gifts, rebuilding homes in Detroit's Ravendale distrist and collecting and delivering items for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. He has also personally delivered supplies to help the Hurricane Katrina victims in Jackson, Mississippi.
"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 Dogget, 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."
Koval will donate his $2,500 award to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan to support its efforts in granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Eaton and its employees have been proud supporters and participants in the organization's Wish-A-Mile (WAM) 300-mile bicycle tour since 1991. WAM is the Foundation's single largest fundraising event and is a three-day, 300 mile fully catered bicycle ride that brings more than 600 cyclists and 200 volunteers together to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation.
Eaton's Innovation Center in Southfield houses engineers and scientists with mechanical, materials, noise and vibration and powertrain expertise who work primarily on Automotive, Truck and Fluid Power projects. Approximately 170 employees work at the site.
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.