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ITW to Receive 2008 Keep America Beautiful Vision for America Award

Submitted by: Keep America Beautiful

Categories: Sustainability, Ratings & Awards

Posted: Sep 09, 2008 – 09:15 AM EST


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Sep. 09 /CSRwire/ - STAMFORD,CT. - September 9, 2008 - Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit community improvement organization, has chosen ITW as its 2008 Vision for America Award honoree. Keep America Beautiful recognizes and honors ITW for the corporation’s leadership in environmental issues, and for its outstanding efforts to promote and sustain volunteerism in America.

The Vision for America Award is presented annually to distinguished leaders of honored corporations, whose personal and corporate commitment have significantly enhanced civic, environmental and social stewardship throughout the United States. ITW Chairman and CEO David B. Speer will accept the 23rd annual Vision for America Award on behalf of ITW and its employees on October 2 at a dinner at The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

"Keep America Beautiful chose ITW to receive the 2008 Vision for America Award for the corporation's focus on the environment and commitment to communities," said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matthew McKenna. "ITW provides a wonderful example of corporate citizenship and social responsibility that we are proud to honor."

A FORTUNE 200 company, ITW is comprised of over 825 business units in 52 countries and employs approximately 60,000 women and men around the world. A multibillion dollar company with nearly 100 years of history, ITW today designs and manufactures fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems and a variety of specialty products and equipment for customers around the world.

Keep America Beautiful recognizes ITW for the corporation's belief that while you’re never more than a few feet away from a product of ITW, you’re also never more than a few feet away from the positive impact the company has in its local communities. The company's commitment to the environment includes a wide array of recycling programs, employee volunteerism, and financial support of environmental organizations.

Another factor in KAB's selection of ITW was the company's minimal packaging approach across all of its business units, and commitment to sustainable packaging solutions for itself and its customers. Reducing packaging waste, and selecting sustainable materials has not only helped to protect the environment, but helped ITW customers to save money through reduced shipping costs, streamlined operations, and materials recovery through recycling and reuse.

With this award Keep America Beautiful also salutes the ITW Foundation, which in 2007 alone gave $14 million in financial support to organizations in the communities where its companies operate. Since 1996, ITW has contributed more than $75 million to over 100 different organizations. With a focus on education, the arts, health and human services, social welfare, housing, environment and youth issues, the ITW Foundation exemplifies Keep America Beautiful's holistic approach to strengthening communities by encouraging greater citizen engagement and participation.

About ITW
During its nearly 100 years of existence, ITW's recipe for success has been focused on creating value-added products for key customers around the world. We do this by growing our business and making acquisitions that provide additional product solutions to our customers. For more information, please go to www.itw.com.

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of nearly 1,000 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful and its Vision for America Award, please go to www.kab.org.

For more information, please contact:

Robert Wallace Keep America Beautiful
Phone: 203.323.8987, ext. 811
Website: www.kab.org
Larry Kaufman Keep America Beautiful
Phone: 203.323.8987, ext. 817
Website: www.kab.org

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