Heartbroken about Mahle Clevite
When I learned that the Mahle Clevite facility in Churubusco would be closing their doors in 2009, my heart sank. Not only was I heartbroken for the up to 80 people who are finding out, just before the holiday season, that their jobs are ending – I am also sad for the many organizations who’ve benefited from the company’s commitment to the community.
Mahle Clevite has been a long-time supporter and past sponsor of the Leadership Whitley County servant leadership program, has participated in numerous fundraisers, community events and has encouraged their employees to remain active in Whitley County. Their culture of involvement in community service is well-known – they’ve been nominated in the past for an Excellence in Servant Leadership award.
The volunteer spirit of Mahle Clevite's employees have impacted my own family. It is because of a dedicated group of volunteers who participated in the United Way Day of Caring in Whitley County in September that my children now have a wonderful new playset on their playground at Faith Christian Academy. When they realized it would be impossible to build the combined fort and climbing wall, they turned one day of caring into a two-day initiative -- all for the sake of more than 50 children who gleefully play on that playground each day. Not everyone would be willing to give up two days to build playground equipment for someone else's children. Not every employer would willingly allow their employees to be off the job to actively participate in a community project. For this reason, many people, including myself, are particularly saddened to hear this company will close their doors and the same employees who so willingly volunteered for the sake of our children will now lose their jobs. That's just not fair.
Yes, many Whitley County businesses are committed to community service and actively encourage their employees to volunteer, however, losing a strong community partner such as Mahle Clevite is significant. I hope and pray the employees impacted by this closure will be able to find jobs locally and will be able to remain part of the fabric of Whitley County – to lose them, their spirit of leadership and volunteerism -- would make the loss of this company even more devastating.