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May 3, 2010

Dart celebrates by handing out 50 $5k grants

RANDLEMAN — Dart Container Corp. celebrated it 50th anniversary last week by handing out 50 grants of $5,000 each.

A pair of those donations were made to agencies near the Randleman Dart plant. Hospice of Randolph County and Randleman Parks & Recreation both received checks.

Steve Ridgill, plant manager, said in giving away the $5,000 checks, “Dart likes to give back to the community.”

In fact, the local site has made contributions to Relay for Life, Victory Junction Gang Camp, Christians United Outreach Center, the Randolph Hospital Cancer Center, the Boy Scouts, the public library, Randleman High School, the Army’s Robin Sage training exercises and is a Little League sponsor.

Ruby Mace, special events coordinator for Parks & Recreation, said the money they received will be used to buy two play sets for Randleman City Park on Stout Street. She said the current swing set is pretty old. “We’re excited about the new swings.”

Mace said the play sets cost about $2,000 each.

Hospice of Randolph County will apply its gift to the new Hospice Home on Vision Drive, Asheboro. The 150,000-square-foot facility is now under construction and is expected to open early next year, according to Denise Durand, director of patient care.

She said Hospice has applied for another 5,000 square feet for a total of 16 beds. The application is with the N.C. Department of Facility Services.

“The Hospice Home is designed as a place of comfort for not only the patients but for their families as well,” said Durand. “We want to make it as much like home as possible.”

The facility will create as many as 15 jobs, including professionals.

Dart Container Corp. was founded by current Chairman W.A. Dart and his father William F. Dart. The two worked for three years on the expandable polystyrene (foam) cup. The first order of 6-ounce foam cups was shipped on April 20, 1960, to Jackson Paper in Jackson, Miss.

Since then, the manufacturer has expanded its line to more than 500 products and has 20 plants in six countries.

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