July 8, 2008
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today that Carl Fortenberry has been chosen as a recipient of the company’s 2008 Stover Volunteerism Award for community service. The annual award recognizes Eaton employees who have demonstrated leadership or exemplary service in community activities and have volunteered for at least one year in health, human care, educational, arts, cultural or civic organizations. The award is named in honor of James R. Stover, former Eaton chairman.
Fortenberry works at Eaton’s Kings Mountain, N.C., manufacturing plant, and has been an Eaton employee for 31 years. He has been involved with the Special Olympics in Cleveland County for 10 years, raising more than $8,000. He has also played an instrumental role in establishing an annual trip for North Shelby School, a special purpose public school serving children with developmental disabilities. In addition, he coordinates a motorcycle ride at Christmas that benefits children in foster care and the Children’s Home of Cleveland County, raising more than $300,000 since 1991.
Each year, Eaton employees are nominated for the award and then evaluated by a diverse selection committee. Honored employees receive a commemorative award and a $2,500 contribution to a non-profit community organization of their choice.
“The Stover Volunteerism Award recognizes employees who help fulfill Eaton’s commitment to improving the communities in which we live and work,” said William B. Doggett, Eaton’s senior vice president – Public and Community Relations. “This year’s recipients make invaluable contributions to their communities. We are extremely proud of their outstanding achievements in community service.”
Part of Eaton’s Truck Group is located in Kings Mountain, N.C. Approximately 460 employees work in Kings Mountain.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 81,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.