Business Briefs - June 26

June 26, 2011

Tru Cut Lawn and Landscape LLC

Tru Cut Lawn and Landscape LLC has provided underwriting support for Renfrew Institute’s fourth annual Salamander Scramble 5K fundraiser race, being held in conjunction with the Summer Jubilee’s Firecracker 5K on July 4.

Tru Cut’s lead sponsorship contribution, along with an anonymous “green the event” donation, helped underwrite the purchase of eco-performance Team Salamander T-shirts for all Scramble participants, said Tracy Holliday, Renfrew Institute’s assistant director and event coordinator.

The shirts are manufactured in Massachusetts, using fabric that was made in Tennessee from yarn spun in North Carolina. The shirts are made fiber-to-finish in the United States from 100 percent recycled materials, and have been created especially for the Salamander Scramble by social entrepreneur Jeremy Litchfield at Atayne.

Curtis Koons owns and operates Tru Cut.

He began operations in 2004 with one employee and a single truck. The firm now employs 15, offering a broad range of lawn-care and landscape services.

Koons enjoyed participating in school programs at Renfrew Institute as a child, he said. He and his wife, Jessica, decided to support the 5K event because it raises funds to support the institute’s youth and family programs while engaging participants in physical activity.

Martin & Seibert L.C.


Martin & Seibert L.C., a West Virginia-based law firm, has raised a total of $15,266 for 54 local and national charities in a little more than a year by participating in Jeans Friday.

Jeans Friday was created by the law firm to give its employees a break from the day-to-day business dress that is so typical in the legal community. The employees of Martin & Seibert L.C. nominate a charitable organization, local or national, for each week of the year.

Every Friday, the firm places a box on a table, next to a sign promoting that week’s contribution recipients. The minimum contribution per employee is $1, and that contribution entitles the employee to wear a badge supporting the charitable organization and to wear blue jeans to work.

Walter Jones, the managing shareholder of the firm, challenged the employees to support these charitable organizations by agreeing that the individual shareholders of the firm would match all contributions made by the employees.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ecolab was recently named an Employer of the Year by WorkForce West Virginia for its commitment to developing a skilled work force.

The award was presented during the Building Workforce Success Together conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Ecolab offers cleaning, sanitizing, food safety, and infection-prevention products and services. The company uses WorkForce West Virginia’s on-the-job training program at its Martinsburg, W.Va., plant to make sure employees are prepared for their jobs.

Ecolab has a recruiting program that supports and encourages diversity in its work force and was named in G.I. Jobs magazine as one of the top 100 military-friendly employers.  

Ecolab supports United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, March of Dimes, Toys for Tots, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and area food banks. The Ecolab Foundation helps those living in poverty and works to address the causes of those problems by helping with affordable housing, work readiness, crisis assistance and hunger relief. The Associate Matching Program matches employees’ and retirees’ contributions to community agencies.

WorkForce West Virginia is a cooperative effort to provide career services to job seekers, employers and other interested individuals.

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