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We are aware of our social responsibility in the global marketplace we serve. We adhere to principals that protect the wellbeing of our employees and enable us to give back to the community.

The future of the communities where we live and work was important to founder George Strumbos and is very much still part of the company’s fabric.  What we do to help our youth today will have an impact on their success tomorrow. That is why we participate in National Manufacturing day where kids tour our facilities and learn about the possibilities of a career in manufacturing.

We also support our schools with Backpacks, Crayola Crayons, 3D printers and other needed materials, because we believe knowledge is power.  And our management and engineers are the biggest kids when we host the Co2 Car Races in our facility.

We salute our military and first responders who unselfishly put themselves in harm’s way, everyday so we can live and work safe.  We reach out to all generations of our community from our youth to our seniors. We are not only building a business in the community, we are very much part of it.

News & Recent Press Releases

A Wall of Inspiration

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was powerfully displayed in Livonia this summer. It immortalizes the names of the 58,313 men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. For people around the country to experience the memorial’s powerful display up close, the Moving Wall travels the country.

The traveling display is a half-size replica of D.C.’s memorial wall, and it was stationed at Ford Field Park from Aug. 8-12, 2019. The city of Livonia partnered with veteran groups and enlisted the help of Livonia AM Rotary member Joanna Hardesty to make the weekend special. “Joanna is a big part of why we got involved,” said Chuck Dardas,” president and CEO of AlphaUSA. “She is amazing and dedicated to the community.”

AlphaUSA was among several sponsors of the wall that attracted thousands of people to the event. It was not only a valuable community event but a time-period close to home for the AlphaUSA family. “George Strumbos was a veteran and so was his son Nick,” said Dardas. “My dad was also a veteran; my wife’s dad served this country and our friends at Fausone Bohn Law Firm represent veterans. It is such important cause.”

Vietnam was Dardas’ era but President Nixon canceled the draft before his number was called. “I had friends who fought in Vietnam. “It is so important that we don’t forget this part of our history,” said Dardas.

The Livonia Chamber Commerce also actively promoted the display. “There were stories of sadness, appreciation, redemption and forgiveness that was inspired by this wall’s visit to Livonia,” said Dan West, president and CEO of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce. “The experience, which included perfect weather, attracted thousands of visitors of all ages to our community. They saw a collection of businesses, city leaders, volunteers, and other supporters who again came together to demonstrate Livonia’s unique community spirit.”

Engaging Seniors through books

Another book club discussion was led by Chuck Dardas of AlphaUSA and Bill Joyner, publisher of Friday Musing at the Livonia Civic Park Senior Center. The group read and discussed a book on four past presidents.  Each book club member had a copy of Leadership in Turbulent Times by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. The 368-page book was discussed over two book club sessions.

The lively conversation included commentary about the Transformational Leader Abraham Lincoln, the Crisis Leader Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor, the Turnaround Leader Franklin Roosevelt and the Visionary Leader Lyndon B. Johnson.

Goodwin shared four case studies that “revealed vastly different men in action during defining events of their times and presidencies,” she wrote. “These four extended examples show how their leadership fit the historical moments as a key fits a lock. No key is exactly the same; each has a different line of ridges and notches among its blade. While there is neither a master key to leadership nor a common lock of historical circumstances, we can detect a certain family resemblance of leadership traits as we trace the alignment of leadership capacity within its historical context.”

Chuck initiated the discussion with questions about the narratives in the book. Readers engaged in a conversation about the Presidents, their perspective on history and what they liked and disliked.

Longtime Livonia resident Susan Frances Nash was very engaged in the discussion. “This book club is a great way to be informed and to meet people who are interested in the community,” said Nash. “I very much admire Chuck Dardas. I have seen his and AlphaUSA’s support of the community with projects like the Livonia Symphony Orchestra and the Schools.”

Other participants also commented. “This book club keeps you thinking,” said longtime Livonia resident Ann. “As a senior, it keeps your brain active and encourages growth. I thought this book was stimulating. We all shared our own experiences. All these books are very stimulating.”

“I like hearing other people’s thoughts on the same reading material,” said Marge Kapaun, a Farmington resident. “It is like different people witnessing the same accident but we all have different perspectives. It is the same with the written word. We all read the same things and everyone gets something different out of it.”

The book club started in July 2013 on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and 14 people attended. This last book club, 70 people read the book.

“I like the fact that we can read the book if we want to read it and participate if we want to participate,” said Bonnie Haun. “With other book clubs, you are obligated to read and participate. The books are interesting. Most of the books I would not ordinarily pick up to read.”

Representative Laurie Pohutsky visits AlphaUSA

State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky is serving her first term representing the 19th House District, which encompasses the majority of the city of Livonia. She is a long-time activist and volunteer. After college, Pohutsky worked in the fields of food safety, toxicology and health care. She brings this knowledge, along with her experience in water quality testing, with her to the Michigan House of Representatives. She has a deep commitment to bringing a scientific perspective to government and advocating for environmental causes. She visited AlphaUSA in June of 2019 to take a tour of the plant and find out more about the manufacturing industry in her district.

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Senator Dayna Polehanki visits AlphaUSA

As a resident of Livonia, Senator Dayna Polehanki always had an interest in manufacturing. “I often drive by these buildings in the Livonia and wonder what goes on inside,” she said. “I heard great things about Alpha from my Chief of Staff who is a Livonia School Board Member. He is well aware of AlphaUSA’s philanthropy. He said this company is one of the premier companies when it comes to working with the schools and the community.”

Dayna Polehanki is a 16-year public school teacher and small business owner and is serving her first term in the 7th District.

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Delving into Diversity and Inclusion

AlphaUSA proudly sponsored the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion Seminar hosted by the Livonia Chamber of Commerce and held at Schoolcraft College VistaTech Center.

The event took place on May 1, 2019.

“It is not easy to look at ourselves and identify shortcomings, but this session seemed to bring constructive enthusiasm to the discussion,” said Dan West, president and CEO of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce.  “We hope those who joined us were inspired to make the needed changes to build inclusive workplaces. As more people feel understood at work, this leads to increased productivity.”

Speakers Freda Sampson and Steve Spreitzer focused on open minds and open markets that highlighted conscious and unconscious ideas and actions in the workplace.

AlphaUSA believes in the benefits of an inclusive and diverse workforce and was glad to join with the other business leaders in supporting a very important discussion for our employees and community.

Supporting local groups at the annual Livonia Business Expo

AlphaUSA proudly supported the Livonia Business Expo on May 10, 2019. This annual event is hosted by the Livonia Chamber of Commerce.

“This event gives businesses of all sizes a chance to connect with people and promote their goods and services to the people walking throughout Laurel Park Place,” said Dan West, president and CEO.

 AlphaUSA partnered with other organizations including the Livonia Symphony and Seedlings to promote their missions and highlight the wonderful work they do for the community.

“We really appreciate AlphaUSA working with us… to bring awareness to the symphony.” – Emily Bauman.Originally known as the Oakway Symphony, the Livonia Symphony Orchestra (LSO) was officially founded in 1973 by Francesco Di Blasi.  In its 40-year history, the LSO has distinguished itself in terms of its conductors, musicians, concert programs and audience attendance.  “We really appreciate AlphaUSA working with us to bring awareness to the symphony,” said Emily Bauman stationed at the booth.

Meanwhile, Seedlings is a non-profit organization that increases opportunities for literacy by providing high quality, free and low-cost braille books to children. “We are very grateful to AlphaUSA, a huge supporter of us,” said Karen Smith.

Food pantry inside Livonia school now helps families across the district

, Detroit Free Press

It was an opportunity for educators not only to get a first-hand look at today’s manufacturing but find ways to partner with businesses when teaching new skills to students. “We can collaborate with companies like AlphaUSA by giving students an opportunity to see real manufacturing and students and staff learning from experts in the industry from a real-life perspective, not just academic,” said Kevin Lane, principal…

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Educators getting a look at today’s manufacturing

It was an opportunity for educators not only to get a first-hand look at today’s manufacturing but find ways to partner with businesses when teaching new skills to students. “We can collaborate with companies like AlphaUSA by giving students an opportunity to see real manufacturing and students and staff learning from experts in the industry from a real-life perspective, not just academic,” said Kevin Lane, principal…

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Rethinking the future of Education

Alpha’s Own’s Chuck Dardas offers insights on the importance of working to learn

More than 300 people came together on Thursday, February 7 for the Schoolcraft College Foundation’s event centered around the topic of rethinking the future of education and work in the state of Michigan. Presented by “acclaimed futurist” Heather McGowan, the event featured a panel of industry professionals.

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Let’s have lunch!

A couple of times during the year AlphaUSA hosts lunches for their employees. It’s all part of the effort to create a family environment within the company. A team serves hot dogs, hamburgers and some side dishes to the staff. They also host such lunches around the community. AlphaUSA also hosted a Chillin’ & Grillin’ party at the Livonia Senior Center which featured Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, watermelon, lemonade and ice cream; the ice cream is being provided by the 16th district court. There were 175 seniors along with some AlphaUSA staff and volunteers the one in 2018. “We host these staff lunches and similar ones at the Police and Fire events in a community-based spirit,” said Chuck Dardas, president and CEO. “Simply put, WE LOVE LIVONIA! And, we want to give back to the senior community and our staff. We also want to thank our beloved first responders who risk their lives every day for us.”

The AlphaUSA Book Club

Since July 2013,  Chuck Dardas, president and CEO of AlphaUSA, has been hosting book club groups at the Senior Center in Livonia. The club meets about six times a year to discuss the latest book Chuck buys for the entire group. What started out with a dozen readers is now up to more than 50 participants. In March of 2019, the group met to discuss a fictional book based on a true story that took place during the Holocaust. Lilac Girls was written by Martha Hall Kelly. Readers contributed their opinions about the book. Chuck also engaged the group in a discussion about history along with content about the book.

“I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it but I thought it was a good read especially for those who don’t believe that concentration camps existed,” said one woman with Polish and German heritage.

“I thought it was quite enlightening that it wasn’t just Jewish people murdered in the war; there were non-Jewish Polish people killed. I visited Auschwitz twice,” said a Polish American.

Eighth Annual Young Inventors program looks for the next big invention

Livonia, MI (January 15, 2019) — Middle School students in Wayne County are vying for top spots in the Young Inventors Award Program.

Top finalists will be acknowledged on Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. A team of judges reviewed each project and picked the top two winners from each school and top three overall. The judges included five team members from Alpha USA.

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Young Inventors Program Kicks Off Week Of Events

Livonia, MI – The Young Inventors program kicked off with a week of events designed to be sessions of inspirational messages about the program. A number of speakers visited students at schools throughout Wayne/Westland, Livonia, Clarenceville, and Garden City where they discussed cars, inventions, and creativity. 

 

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Suppliers dig deep efficiency

The family-owned supplier installed data collection terminals at its reorganized workstations late last year in an attempt to streamline production and find new ways to manage increased capacity without adding physical floor space or machines. The North American automotive industry is preparing for 32 new and remodeled vehicle launches in 2014. In response, the supply base is finding ways to collect and analyze “big data” to improve product planning, streamline development and meet the industry’s aggressive launch schedules over the next three years.

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