Plastic Omnium pledges $1 million

Laurent Burelle, chairman and CEO of Plastic Omnium, announced today that the company will build on its recent commitment of more than $500,000 to Focus: HOPE by increasing its donation to a total of one million dollars, further supporting the organization’s mission to overcome poverty and injustice through opportunity. The announcement was made at the grand opening of Plastic Omnium’s Inergy Automotive Systems Huron plant in New Boston, Mich.

“We truly support the work Focus: HOPE does to further develop Michigan’s future workforce,” said Burelle. “We believe in the mission of Focus: HOPE, we believe in Michigan and we believe in the highly skilled workforce that we have here.”

Plastic Omnium’s gift supports Focus: HOPE’s food, education and job training, and community programs. Focus: HOPE will be a key charitable partner of Plastic Omnium. The company also plans to identify opportunities to hire employees and recruit interns from Focus: HOPE’s machining, engineering and information technology programs. In addition, the company will support Focus: HOPE’s student scholarships for job training programs and encourage its employees to volunteer with the organization.

“Plastic Omnium’s generous gift and continuing support of Focus: HOPE will help us change the lives of many community residents through our food, job training and education, and community programs,” said William F. Jones, Jr., CEO of Focus: HOPE Plastic Omnium shares our commitment to Detroit and is a valued partner in our efforts to overcome racism, poverty and injustice.”

 

Plastic Omnium was also a lead sponsor of Focus: HOPE’s 39th annual Walk on Sunday, Oct. 13. Eleanor’s Walk for Hope benefitted the organization’s Eleanor M. Josaitis Fund, which honors the legacy and work of the organization’s co-founder and supports Focus: HOPE’s job training and education programs, student scholarships and food centers. Plastic Omnium has also committed to help present Eleanor’s Walk again in 2014 and 2015.

About Plastic Omnium

Plastic Omnium is a leading global supplier of automotive components and body modules, automotive fuel tanks and systems, and waste container solutions for local communities and companies. The company employs nearly 22,000 people throughout 107 plants and 14 R&D centers in 29 countries. Plastic Omnium is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange, Compartment A, is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD) and is included in the SBF 120 and CAC Mid 60 indices (ISIN code: FR0000124570).

About Inergy Automotive Systems

Inergy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plastic Omnium, is the leading tier one supplier of plastic fuel systems to OEMs around the world. Headquartered in Levallois-Perret, France, it employs more than 6,000 people throughout 32 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries. One in every five light vehicles is equipped with an Inergy fuel tank. Inergy has established five technical centers worldwide. . This global presence allows Inergy to meet all customer specifications and industrial and engineering challenges, while taking into account economic constraints as well as existing and future emissions regulations.