IEWC Partners with Fairchild Equipment

Posted on Mar 4, 2024 by IEWC

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – IEWC, a global leader in wire, cable, and wire management products, recently partnered with Fairchild Equipment, a leading provider of material handling equipment in the Upper Midwest, to donate a forklift to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin to help the organization fight hunger through its nationwide network of food banks.

The initiative stemmed from a volunteer-day experience led by IEWC's Chief Information and Digital Officer, Scot Stein, and his team. While volunteering at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, they identified a pressing need for a forklift to handle and distribute food donations efficiently.

Moved by the organization's mission and the immediate need, Stein connected with IEWC CEO Mike Veum and Fairchild Equipment president Van Clarkson to partner on the initiative to find a solution.

"When we witnessed the remarkable efforts of Feeding America firsthand and understood the logistical hurdles they overcome daily, we were inspired to lend a hand. Joining forces with Fairchild Equipment to refurbish and gift a forklift felt like a natural step in supporting this heartfelt mission," Stein shared. "This gesture extends beyond a mere donation; it's a commitment to helping countless individuals and families in our communities who depend on the vital support provided by Feeding America.”

"As a company, we believe in being active in our communities and making a positive impact wherever we can. Donating this forklift to Feeding America is just one example of how we strive to live out our core values every day," said Clarkson. "By donating this forklift, along with a collection of food items donated by our employees, to Feeding America, we hope to not only assist in their day-to-day operations but also contribute to their overall mission of fighting hunger in our community. We are proud to be able to support such a vital organization and hope that our donation will make a meaningful impact in their operations and the lives of those they serve," Clarkson added.

This donation is a powerful example of IEWC's and Fairchild Equipment's unwavering commitment to social responsibility and the betterment of their communities. By joining forces and utilizing their industry connections and resources, these two companies have significantly impacted Feeding America's operations, underscoring the importance of private businesses working together to effect positive change in the communities where they operate.

“We are thankful for the efforts of IEWC and Fairchild for making this forklift donation happen,” Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Vice President of Development and Communications Scott Marshall said. “So much of what we do at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is affected by our logistics and machinery, and a forklift has been a very expensive need for us. This forklift will help to put thousands of meals on the table for Wisconsinites facing food insecurity. This is a prime example of the huge impact community partners can have on organizations like ours,” Marshall added. 

About IEWC - (

IEWC is a global distributor of wire and cable products, manufacturer of custom fiber assemblies, and provider of value-add solutions that advance a connected world. As a partner to thousands of companies in a wide array of manufacturing and infrastructure industries, IEWC has been an entrusted partner supporting customer supply chain, logistics and product quality initiatives for over 60 years. IEWC is an employee-owned company with locations in 11 countries with divisions in North America, Asia, and Europe.

About Fairchild Equipment (

 Fairchild Equipment is a leading provider of materials handling solutions, offering comprehensive solutions that include sales, service, parts, rental, fleet management, training and engineered storage systems. Since 1985, its dedicated employees have been proudly serving customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Northern Illinois with positive, personalized and innovative solutions to meet their needs.

About Feeding America (

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the leading local hunger-relief organization in the state with locations in Milwaukee and Appleton. Founded in 1982 by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a local and independent member of the Feeding America network. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin collaborates with 375 hunger-relief programs, including food pantries, meal programs and shelters to provide for over 300,000 neighbors in need across 35 counties in Eastern Wisconsin. To learn more about how we can all work together to solve hunger in Wisconsin, visit