Staples Rewards Supplier Raining Rose with Surprise Donation
Staples Inc. surprised Cedar Rapids-based Raining Rose Inc. with a $1,500 gift card. The surprise donation is in celebration of the company's recent naming as one of the fastest growing inner-city businesses in the country by Staples Foundation and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote economic prosperity in America's inner cities.
The Inner City 100 is an annual ranking of the 100 fastest-growing companies in America's inner cities. The Staples Foundation has been a key supporter of ICIC and the Inner City 100 program for the past eight years, contributing nearly $1.5 million to date to help inner-city businesses grow and thrive and help create healthy, urban communities.
Raining Rose is the manufacturer and distributor of natural body care products and focuses on creating products that are all-natural and crafted from the highest quality ingredients. Founded in 1996, Raining Rose posted a five-year annual growth rate of 27 percent. Raining Rose recently announced the construction of a new facility that will be completed spring 2012. The groundbreaking ceremony at its future site location was Friday, September 2, 2011 and was open to the public. The new Raining Rose facility will be built where the Allis and Chalmers manufacturing plant once stood.
"It is a great honor to be recognized by the Staples Foundation and ICIC for our growth," said Chuck Hammond, president of Raining Rose, Inc. "As we break ground during this special celebration today, I encourage members of the community who were a part of Allis and Chalmers to come look around. There are a lot of great memories at that site and we are looking forward to celebrating those."
"Staples is proud to recognize Raining Rose for their continued growth, especially during these challenging economic times," said Amy Shanler, director of community relations at Staples. "We remain committed to raising awareness of the vital role inner-city businesses play in communities throughout the country."
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