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Monthly Archive: April 2015

Playworks Indiana Corporate Kickball Event

jimblogDSC07003Firehouse was honored to participate in the first annual Playworks Indiana Corporate Kickball event on April 23. Eight teams from local businesses met at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium (home field of the Indy Eleven soccer team) for a series of kickball games to benefit the Playworks mission. Founded in 1996, Playworks’ goal is to transform recess and the school day with safe and healthy play so teachers can teach and kids can learn.


Playworks Indiana’s Executive Director, Marc McAleavey, led the event and kept everyone in good spirits. Firehouse lost our first-round game, but rallied in the consolation rounds with 2 wins. Well, in all honesty, both of those games were ties. DSC07226We resolved them the same way Playworks encourages kids to resolve disputes on the playground – Rock-Paper-Scissors. For our day of efforts, we were awarded the “You’re So Adequate” trophy. As the main corporate sponsor, Salesforce fielded three teams, one of which won the grand championship. But, local schools are the real winners with Playworks coaches providing organized recess activities that are safe, inclusive and, most of all, FUN!

There are many more photos posted on our Facebook page.

Jim Corman
Global Accounts Executive


One box at a time

traiblogWhen it comes to recycling, I’m all about saving the earth and being green. I don’t mind being called a real tree hugger. So, I like seeing Firehouse’s inventory of eco-friendly print materials constantly increasing. But I really like to add more and more of our waste materials to our recycling program. A big  part of my job as the VP of Purchasing is to manage our waste materials. I’m excited when we can go above and beyond and add more to our sustainable story.

RecycleTreeFirehouse recycles cardboard and plastics as well as plastic bottles and aluminum cans. In all, it measures out to about 130 tons of recycled material each year. Cardboard alone accounts for over half that. Plus, I know with our Packsize on-demand packaging machine, we are sending less cardboard to our clients, which results in less cardboard waste for everyone.

But, my favorite recycling program involves several local elementary schools. One of our employees had a connection with a local school’s art teacher. She asked about any scrap paper we might have that her students could use. We began setting aside scraps we felt were usable for her classes. As each Firehouse department came on board, the pile grew. Each week, we made a delivery to the school and the word got out. We now split our scrap paper and fabric among several local schools. Sure, all that material could have simply gone to the recycling bin, but it’s more rewarding to see the materials fill an immediate need in our community.

Trai Majors
Vice President of Purchasing – US and Europe