HMA donates truck to MGH Arena
by Shane Dunaway
TALLADEGA — Representatives from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama donated a 2012 Honda Ridgeline truck to the staff at the Marianna Greene Henry Arena Friday.

The four-wheel drive truck, valued at an estimated $30,000, symbolizes an ongoing partnership between Honda and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.

“This truck will become our ‘nice’ truck we use to run errands and transport children to and from the arena,” said Tim Greene, arena coordinator. “The new truck has a more professional look.”

Before the new addition, the arena staff used an older model Chevy Suburban purchased in 1999. Greene said they will now use the Suburban as a “true work truck” to perform day-to-day tasks such as moving hay.

Sean Jones, senior staff engineer for Honda, gave a briefing on the features and capabilities of the new truck, and after the handoff, provided insight on a side of the business he doesn’t always get to see.

“As an engineer, you don’t get an opportunity to see where the finished product goes,” Jones said. “I really enjoyed this experience of being able to see the kids here and tour the facility.”

Since Honda’s arrival in Talladega County in 2001, the company has donated more than $6 million to local charities and organizations, according to Mark Morrison, director of Corporate Affairs at Honda.

“Mark Morrison is a wonderful ambassador for Honda,” AIDB President John Mascia said. “They’ve helped us meet our mission to provide the best possible services to our students and we really appreciate them. Honda is a company with a heart.”

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