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Sprague Devices joins battle against Cystic Fibrosis

May 17, 2019

MICHIGAN CITY — A Michigan City company is raising money and awareness to fight cystic fibrosis.

Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. has announced the participation of its Michigan City facility, Sprague Devices, in a fundraiser benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its mission to cure cystic fibrosis and raise awareness about this rare, genetic, life-shortening disease.

According to a press release from CVG, the facility’s participation was coordinated by the plant’s Employee Engagement team members Cynclare Byrd, Tina Grillo, Brenda Ulam and Dewayne Ware. The team raised more than $1,400 which they donated on behalf of Kali’s Krew who will be participating in the 2019 Great Strides Walk. Kali, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a newborn, is the 5-year-old granddaughter of 24-year-veteran employee, Sherry Koth.

Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disorder that causes persistent lung infections, and limits the patient’s ability to breathe over time. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry:

n More than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis (more than 70,000 worldwide).

n Approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year.

n More than 75 percent of people with CF are diagnosed by age 2.

n More than half of the CF population is age 18 or older.

More than 300,000 people are living with CF in the United States and approximately 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

As the highlight of the fundraising efforts, Kali came to visit her new friends at Sprague and thank them for all their support. Human Resources Manager, Kim Burnette, said “Having Kali visit was a special treat for all of us. We do a lot of charitable events throughout the year but for our employees to actually meet Kali, see her smiling face, knowing she is such a little fighter, it really hits home. An event like this, coordinated by employees for employees, really illustrates the caring and compassion of our workforce and what it means to be part of the Sprague Devices family.”

Since 1941, Sprague Devices has manufactured windshield wiper and washer systems in Michigan City to all segments of commercial vehicle market including construction, heavy truck, bus, rail, agriculture, military and specialty applications.

It is a subsidiary of Commercial Vehicle Group (www.cvgrp.com), headquartered in New Albany, Ohio.

Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (through its subsidiaries) is a leading supplier of a full range of cab related products and systems for the global commercial vehicle market, including the medium- and heavy-duty truck market, the medium-and heavy-construction vehicle markets, the military, bus, agriculture, specialty transportation, mining, industrial equipment and off-road recreational markets. Information about the Company and its products is available on the internet at www.cvgrp.com.

—From staff reports