Employee Award Honors Community Service Legacy of Former CEO; Local Charities Benefit
ST. LOUIS, August 10, 2010 – Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), has awarded the first annual Thomas E. Bettcher Community Service Award to 25-year Emerson employee, Pete Dexter. The award, named for the former Emerson Climate Technologies President and CEO, recognizes an employee whose excellence in community service reflects the legacy of leadership and sustained community involvement demonstrated by Tom Bettcher.
“I’m humbled to be offered the first Thomas E. Bettcher Community Service Award,” award winner Pete Dexter said. “I can’t take personal credit for the award. Our management has encouraged all of us to go out and do what needs to be done in the community. I have hundreds of fellow workers and community volunteers who have helped me at every step of the way.”
Dexter has dedicated his life to service. Recently retired from the Air Force Reserve, he volunteers at area school science fairs, supports the GED tutoring program at St. Mark’s Church in Sidney, and has lent his time and talents to organizations such as United Way, Agape Distribution, and Engineering Explorers for high school students. At Emerson, Dexter is manager of Asia Technical Support.
“Our employees give a tremendous amount of time and energy to supporting our community. This award not only recognizes outstanding individuals like Pete but also shows our organization’s commitment to sustained community involvement,” said Ed Purvis, business leader of Emerson Climate Technologies.
The award includes a grant to be donated to the charity of the recipient’s choice. The first grant was awarded to The Community Foundation of Shelby County which plans to distribute the funds among seven food pantries and meal programs in Shelby County.
“We are so honored that our Food Relief Program is Pete’s choice to receive a grant from Emerson Climate Technologies. Pete’s caring spirit is re-energizing our Food Relief Program, and we are now inviting others to make gifts that help residents in need,” said Marian Spicer, Executive Director of The Community Foundation of Shelby County.
Emerson (NYSE:EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Emerson’s sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. The company is ranked 94th on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.
About Emerson Climate Technologies
Emerson Climate Technologies, a business platform of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. Emerson Climate Technologies’ innovative solutions, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll and White-Rodgers, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment.