Humane Society Fundraiser in Dart Family Park

»Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in Growing Communities

The Dart Family Park was the host to 18 dogs this past Saturday for a Humane Society road show to encourage adoptions and fundraise for the organization. The Humane Society has held similar events before, but the size of Dart Family Park accommodated for a much larger adoption effort.

Dart Family Park is one of the largest public parks in Grand Cayman located on South Church Street, just south of George Town. Growing Communities founded the park in 2005. Growing Communities is a public-private partnership between Dart Cayman Islands, owned by Ken Dart, and the Cayman Islands Government. They have designed and built five district parks as well as assisted with the restoration of six public parks in Grand Cayman.

The size of Dart Family Park not only allowed for more dogs to be at the event, but for trainers to perform tricks as well. Local dog trainer Heidi Suarez and border collies Hendrix, Sadie and Ginseng showcased their talents for community onlookers.

The Humane Society is looking to move into a larger shelter because of overcrowding. As of now, the shelter has more than 70 dogs and almost 60 cats. The society’s first step towards expansion is finding a piece of land.

DART Cayman Islands’ Head of Security Runs for HospiceCare

»Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Dart Cayman

Derek Haines, 65, is running over 156 miles of marathons in 8 months in order to raise money for Cayman HospiceCare. As of now, Haines has raised $655,000, well on his way to reach the $1 million target for a new hospice building.

Haines is the head of security and community liaison department at DART Cayman Islands, owned by Ken Dart. Outside of work, Haines enjoys playing bridge and long distance running. He has participated in 36 marathons in his lifetime and the number is growing.

As of now, Cayman HospiceCare operates in rented locations and in the homes of their patients. Haines plans to construct a purpose-built inpatient and operations facility for Cayman HospiceCare to call their own.

The latest company to get involved with Haines’s project is Androgroup. The local company has offered to provide the planning for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing requirements.

Other local companies have gotten involved in Haines’s project as well, such as DART Cayman Islands donating land for the new facility.

School Receives Two Grants from Dart Foundation

»Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Dart Foundation

The Dart Foundation presented Life School Oak Cliff, a charter school in Dallas, with two grants devoted toward STEM classes in kindergarten and high school. William and Claire Dart founded the Dart Foundation in 1984 to promote education, largely in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Life School Oak Cliff Elementary will use the $4,700 grant to purchase science kits for students and the high school plans to use their $4,655 grant towards renewable energy kits for its Engineering Design and Problem Solving Class. These kits will allow students to design and construct machines using renewable energy sources.

The Dart Foundation, named the socially responsible organization of the year, is headquartered in Mason, Michigan. Each year grants are awarded across the United States, as well as a select number of international grants.

Dart Expansion Projected to Create 400 New Jobs

»Posted on Aug 29, 2014 in Dart Container

The construction of two new buildings by Dart Container is expected to bring 400 job openings to Mason, Michigan. The recent expansion, as well as renovations on existing office space, is the company’s largest expansion in a half a century.

The new office building and warehouse will allow Dart Container to better accommodate Solo Cup, a company they purchased in 2012. This 50 million dollar project consists of high-tech improvements, such as a self-driving loading cart and motion-sensor LED lights, making business more efficient for the growing company.

Once the new development is completed Dart will be able to expand its local distribution services creating more job opportunities in Mason and helping the local economy flourish.

Doug Klein, Executive Director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce is enthusiastic about Dart’s expansion and the thriving business market in Mason.

Dart Container has continued to expand over the past 50 years and the company expects to uphold this trend of growth.

Dart Container’s Expansion Helps Local Economy

»Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Dart Container

Dart Container is constructing two new buildings in Mason, Michigan. This expansion will allow for the addition of more than 400 new positions at the company.

The upgrade is exactly the change Dart Container needs. The new buildings are full of positive alterations. The warehouse has a self-driving loading cart and motion-sensor LED lights, making the business more efficient. The bottom floor of the office building has a training space for up to 150 employees.

Executive Vice President of Manufacturing at Dart, Dan Calkins, is ready for the new buildings to be completed.

The construction is a $50 million investment by Dart Container and designed to be enough space to accommodate Solo Cup Company that Dart acquired in 2012.

Dart is not only constructing two new buildings, but the company is renovating existing buildings as well. An additional $10 million is going towards renovations, such as a 10,000 square foot fitness center and more office space.

Doug Klein, Executive Director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce, is excited about Dart Container’s growth because of the positive effects it has on the local economy.

As of now, Dart Container has 150 job openings, mostly in engineering and IT fields. The company is eager for the new buildings and renovations to be complete, as well as the continued growth of Dart Container.