Ardis and Fred Robinson had more in mind than just profit when they started Robinson Industries in 1947. “They really wanted the company to be focused on community, family and charity,” says Ronda Robinson, the founders’ granddaughter and marketing manager of the Coleman, Mich.-based company.
The plastics products manufacturer has donated 10 percent of its profits to charities for more than 65 years. Recipients include church camps and other children’s-related charities as well as homeless shelters, a community center in Beaverton, Mich., and many more.
The company’s support of charitable organizations reflects its commitment to being a vital part of the community. “We’re located in a small, rural area, so we’ve always been committed to being local – we’ve stayed here, and didn’t move operations to China or Mexico when others did,” Robinson adds. “We’re proud of our staff’s dedication to our principles such as community, charity, family and customer service.”