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Eastern & The Journey Christian Newspaper

The Journey Christian Newspaper  featured Eastern’s story and culture of caring. In this article, writer Marcia Moston says, “Eastern Cares is not just a Logo. It is the heartbeat of this industrial supply company.” Eastern Cares is our heartbeat!

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“Eastern Excellence” featured in Wholesale & Distribution International Magazine

WDI Magazine Fall 2015 edition has a great article about the amount of importance we place on our people and our values. We hope you take the time to check it out!



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Cruizer Lewis tag-teaming for a worthy cause

In December, one of Easterns own, DeWayne Pace of Spartanburg  a.k.a. Cruiser Lewis  took part in the National Championship Wrestling/Laurens County Sheriffs office 2013 Christmas for Kids Wrestling Show. The show is held each year to raise funds to purchase Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the county. The theme for this years event was a tribute to U.S. military troops. Including members from the local armory, the event pulled in a crowd of over 900 and $5,000 was raised. DeWayne expressed his deep thanks and appreciation for the Cares Fund donation in support of a worthy cause.

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Offering Helping Hands to Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta

On a brisk fall morning in early November, Brad Durham and Randy Evert of the Atlanta Branch, in conjunction with Kauffman Tire, represented Eastern Cares at a Habitat home-build in downtown Atlanta. Brad’s girlfriend, Melanie, an employee of Kauffman Tire, joined with approximately 30 other fellow employees from Kauffmans corporate office for a good old-fashioned home raising. Melanies sixteen year old daughter, Madison, also joined in.

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Jacksonville Associates Serve up Breakfast at the Sulzbacher Care Center

Once a quarter, the Jacksonville Branch Team and their Cares Champion enjoy the privilege of serving at the Sulzbacher Care Center in northeast Jacksonville, a provider of comprehensive services for homeless men, women and children. On an average daily basis the center houses approximately 340 individuals, provides healthcare to some 200 patients, and feeds a multitude of individuals who might otherwise go hungry.

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Eastern’s First Mission Team to Tanzania, January 2012

Since the founding of the Daily Bread Life Children’s Home in Iringa, Tanzania, in 2006, Eastern President/CEO, Kip Miller, longed for the time when a team of Eastern Associates would travel to Tanzania to serve the Directors, Staff and Children at the home. That dream became a reality when the first Eastern Mission Team visited Tanzania in January 2012. Highlights of that first team trip are excerpted from the company’s Spring 2012 newsletter at the link below.

See Spring 2012 newsletter.

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Because Chris Cares, Eastern Cares

February 16, 2011

Chris Balodis our Automation/Fabrication Technician was recognized this month for displaying Eastern’s Core Value of Caring.

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Update: Josh Worley

January 25, 2011

We are saddened to report that Josh Worley succumbed to his battle with cancer yesterday.  Many Eastern Associates had formed a closer bond to Josh after seeing his inspirational fight against this disease.  He will be missed.  Below is his obituary from The Greenville News.

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The Lord Shines Through

January 26, 2011

Sometimes, it seems like the Lord shows us things when we are not looking. I, often, think I know what is best for me and my family, and the Lord mixes it up so that we have opportunities to learn those things we wouldn’t have learned on our own.

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When I was growing up on the farm in Marion County, my hands were one big callus. Even as a small child working on the farm and playing hard around barns, my hands were like “cow hide” as my mother would say. I was famous for catching bees in my hand and bringing them to my mom to “listen.” I even held wasps with no ill effect.

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