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Elgin Sweeper Receives United Way of Elgin's Jack Shales Spirit of Community Award

Elgin, IL – September 2017

Elgin Sweeper has been named the 2017 recipient of the Jack Shales Spirit of Community Award by United Way of Elgin. The company was selected for demonstrating exceptional corporate responsibility and community involvement through the 2016-2017 workplace campaign for United Way.

The award was presented to Mike Higgins, vice president and general manager of Elgin Sweeper, during United Way of Elgin's campaign kick-off reception at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

Elgin's Mike Higgins Accepts Award

"This special United Way recognition belongs to Elgin Sweeper employees who have generously devoted time, energy and financial support to serving their fellow neighbors and members of the local community," said Mike Higgins, vice president and general manager of Elgin Sweeper. "Good citizenship and improving the communities where we live and work are core values at Elgin Sweeper."

History of community support

When the Elgin Community Chest was formed in 1924, Elgin Sweeper helped support social services in the Elgin area. Elgin Sweeper's employees have long been supporters of United Way, both in terms of giving and volunteer involvement. The company's former president, Roger Parsons, served as United Way of Elgin campaign chair in 1989.

"Elgin Sweeper is proud to partner with United Way of Elgin to meet critical needs for education, financial stability and healthy lives," Higgins said. "We have been a major contributor to United Way of Elgin for more than 90 of our company's 103 years in business. In the last 10 years alone, our employee and corporate gifts have totaled more than $750,000."

The Jack Shales Spirit of Community Award is named for Jack Shales, the longest-serving volunteer with United Way of Elgin – and one of five Lifetime Directors on United Way's board – who began his involvement with United Way in 1954 as a campaign volunteer. This is United Way of Elgin's highest award, given annually to a company that shows exceptional corporate responsibility and community involvement.

About United Way of Elgin

The United Way of Elgin serves the areas of Elgin, South Elgin, Hampshire, Burlington, Pingree Grove, and La Fox in Illinois. It brings the expertise and strategic focus needed to create profound and positive change in the community. Its relationships with businesses, government, nonprofits, talented volunteers and generous donors put United Way of Elgin in a position to bring people together to create innovative solutions to the toughest problems facing the community.

About Elgin Sweeper

Sold and serviced through a network of more than 100 dealer locations worldwide, Elgin Sweeper products are the sweepers of choice for a variety of general street maintenance, special industrial and airport applications. With more than 100 years of experience, Elgin Sweeper offers municipalities, contractors and industries the most sweeper options in the country, using the latest sweeping technologies—mechanical, pure vacuum, regenerative air, alternative fuel and waterless dust control.

Elgin Sweeper is a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation's Environmental Solutions Group. For more information, visit

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