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Monett Metals pledges support for Y campaign

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Brian Hunter, Jay Triplett, Gordon Brown, Steve Rowden, John Hammond and Robert Nation, pictured above from left, stand outside Monett Metals Inc.'s 37,000-square-foot production facility in Monett's Industrial Park. Triplett is president of MMI, and Brown is executive director of the Monett Area YMCA. Hunter is involved in the YMCA Capital Campaign, while Nation, Rowden and Hammond are members of the management team employed at the MMI facility. [Photo courtesy of Ewa Michalska]
Monett Metals, Inc. (MMI) has pledged $50,000 over five years to the Monett Area YMCA Capital Campaign.

MMI, a part of the Monett community since 1975, produces custom steel and stainless steel castings for a variety of industries. In addition to custom castings, MMI offers engineering services and machining capabilities to their customers.

"This facility will be an important step forward for our community," said Jay Triplett, MMI president. "People are increasingly interested in finding out what a community has to offer before relocating themselves and their families to a new area.

"There are several people here at MMI who take advantage of the programs and facilities available at the current Y facility, and we believe that investing in this aspect of the area can help us to attract and retain the high quality of people who make us successful," added Triplett. "Our strength in the industry comes from our employees whose dedication makes so much possible.

"This is an example of one of the things that makes this community so special," Triplett continued. "Businesses and individuals have started coming together to pledge support for something like this that will benefit the whole area in the long run. People look to the opportunities available for themselves and their families before deciding to join a community."

"Family activities are an important aspect of the services provided through the YMCA programs," noted Gordon Brown, executive director of the Monett Area YMCA. "We've had several people indicate that this is important in their consideration of the Monett area."

Brown said the MMI pledge represents another important step forward for the capital campaign.

"This pledge, as well as other support we've received from the community, takes us closer to where we need to be in order to provide the level of programming that people have requested," said Brown. "It also takes us a bit closer to securing the Mabee Foundation challenge grant, which would be very significant."

Brown indicated that the MMI donation will be used to sponsor the parking facilities, which will be named for MMI. "Parking is a significant challenge in the present facility, because of the popularity of the programs and the number of people who regularly use the YMCA; there is a great deal of activity, and it can be a challenge for people to find safe and convenient parking nearby," Brown said.

The parking lot, according to Brown, has been designed with the current landscaping of the adjacent park property in mind.

"In the new facility, the YMCA parking lot will be available as a shared resource with current parking lots in Monett's north park for larger events, such as the Fourth of July celebration in the park, for example," Brown said. "The flow fits in with the park design very well, and this will make a nice addition to enhance what is already there."

To learn more about how to contribute, help or otherwise become involved in the YMCA Capital Campaign, contact Gordon Brown at 417-235-8213 or visit the campaign's website at www.yourmonettymca.org.

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