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Wehrung’s Cares Donates $5,000 in Store Credit to Trade School

In a show of support of the skilled trades, Wehrung’s Cares, the nonprofit division of Wehrung’s Family of Businesses, has donated $5,000 in store credit to the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) to purchase cordless power tools. 

The credit can be used to buy equipment at any Wehrung’s Lumber & Home Center locations in Ottsville, Chalfont, Collegeville or Macungie, Pennsylvania. Michael Sykes, MBIT building trades occupations instructor, said the school’s goal is to use the donation to purchase battery-operated tools for students in construction trades programs to help them prepare for construction industry jobs.

“A large percentage of contractors have already moved to cordless tools,” Sykes says. “The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Washington, D.C. is moving away from allowing corded tools on job sites because of trip and fall hazards. Buying all cordless tools and giving our students practical real-world experience in how to use, care for and maintain their tools will be valuable to their professional careers.”

The partnership with MBIT provides Wehrung’s Cares with a route to invest in the next generation of construction trades professionals, says Kim Wehrung, Wehrung’s Cares public ambassador. 

“We are hoping to establish a continuing relationship with MBIT and provide opportunities for the students to visit our store and manufacturing plant to see the many ways their education can be applied in the construction industry,” Wehrung says. 

In 2020, during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Wehrung’s Cares formalized its community service and engagement. In 2023, Wehrung’s Cares supported over 120 different community organizations. Wehrung’s Family of Businesses located in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh counties are also able to provide special pricing on certain products for nonprofit organizations.

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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