Amalgamated Sugar Reaches Safety Milestone – Donates $2,500 to Local Quick Response Units

On Sunday, June 6, Amalgamated Sugar presented a check for $2,500 to the QRU Nonprofit during the organization’s annual fundraiser event at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds. The donation is part of a program at Amalgamated Sugar which rewards safety milestones.


Recently, the Twin Falls factory achieved 250,000 hours without a recordable injury. As a result, the factory was awarded $2,500 to donate to a cause in the community. A committee of employees at the factory chose to donate to QRU, an organization that provides funding, awareness, and appreciation for rural Quick Response Units across southern Idaho.


“On the evening of Saturday, March 27, there was a fire in the pulp warehouse at our Twin Falls facility,” said Ian Kihara, Twin Falls Plant Manager. “We were fortunate that no employees were hurt, and that several Emergency Response teams, including multiple Quick Response Units from different local cities, came to our aid.”


“When we looked at what organization we might want to make a donation to, we immediately thought of the support we received from local emergency services that night,” said Ron Story, President of the BCTGM Local 283 Union. “We wanted to express our gratitude for everything they did for us.”


This is the third time that the Twin Falls Factory has achieved this safety milestone and has been able to donate to a nonprofit organization in the Magic Valley.



QRU Mission Statement


The mission of the QRU is to create and increase the awareness of the need for support and to unite the Magic Valley community & beyond in Idaho in support of and funding of our rural emergency response teams. The majority of these men and women work on a volunteer basis while purchasing many of their much-needed supplies and training using their own personal funds.  They use their own vehicles a lot of the time and leave “day jobs” to respond to emergencies as they arise. We are helping these QRUs so if and when we need them, they will be able to be there with the equipment and training needed to save our lives and the lives of our loved ones!

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