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What started as a Cub Scout project in 1992 at Dura Supreme Cabinetry in Howard Lake, Minnesota, is now a highly anticipated company event every year. Each year fifth graders who are children or grandchildren of a Dura Supreme employee have the opportunity to participate in the event.
The day is filled with fun educational game and a factory tour of the Dura Supreme factory, where they learn first-hand what their parents and grandparents do each day. The students also discuss what it means to be a good employee, movie time, and more.
The day wraps up with a hands-on activity where each child gets to build their own cabinet to take home as a keepsake to remember their day at Dura Supreme.
Employees and their families share the memories of this day for many years
“This is an awesome experience for the children,” said Maria Dupont, professional Expediter for Dura Supreme Cabinetry. “My kids are in their 30s, and they still have the sweet little cabinet they built a ‘few’ years ago.”
Another employee from the Dura Supreme marketing team, Mary Beth Decker said, “It’s a very cool thing for the kids to be able to come and see first-hand what their parents and grandparents do every day at work.”
Decker shares, “Over the past 20+ years that I’ve been with Dura Supreme, I’ve enjoyed volunteering for the event and had the honor of having 16 of my own grand babies attend.”
A retired Dura Supreme craftsmen, Dennis Berglund reminisced, “I remember my grandkids doing this many years ago!”
Karen Wistrom, VP of Marketing for Dura Supreme Cabinetry said, “The kids enjoyed the day while learning about Dura Supreme and seeing where their parents and grandparents work. It was evident many of the children had a sense of pride that their parent or grandparent worked here. This is a great event supporting community outreach and it represents the overall culture at Dura Supreme.”
Mandi Juskiewicz, Sr. Design & Marketing Specialist for Dura Supreme Cabinetry, said there are a number of Dura Supreme employees who got their first taste of cabinet manufacturing through the annual Kid Switch Day. She said company officials believe the program is a great way to introduce youngsters to the opportunities available in cabinet manufacturing.
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