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January 29, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:Kelly Davis Strausbaugh
Marketing & PR Coordinator
Call: 941.228.3022
Kelly.Davis@gimi.org

Goodwill Manasota Enters Innovative Partnership with ReQuip Stores, Inc.

Partnership will provide revenue opportunity for Goodwill, assist organization in
moving toward goal of zero waste

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – In its continued quest to divert unwanted items from community landfills, Goodwill Manasota has entered into a partnership with ReQuip Stores, Inc. that will allow Goodwill to accept an even larger range of donation items, while furthering its efforts to reach a goal of zero waste.

In 2014, Goodwill Manasota diverted 39 million pounds from landfills and, through creative partnerships with area businesses, that number is expected to increase greatly in 2015. ReQuip Stores, Inc. is a purpose-driven company that specializes in selling used and excess equipment donated or sold to the company by businesses and individuals. Examples of items ReQuip might receive include manufacturing and production equipment, construction equipment and vehicles, discontinued products, and items with outdated packaging.

“We are always searching for innovative ways to transform our local economy and continue our mission of changing lives through the power of work. One of the most effective ways to have a large impact is through partnerships with local, like-minded companies,” said Bob Rosinsky, Goodwill Manasota president & CEO. “This relationship resulted from the ongoing search for ways to improve our positive environmental impact; this creative partnership is another example of our commitment to strengthening our local community.”

Options for liquidating these items have been limited in the past; time and energy was needed to find a new buyer or to scrap the donations. In the partnership with Goodwill Manasota, ReQuip handles all aspects of the process from pick-up, inspection, warehousing, selling and delivery to the end customer. After the equipment is sold, a portion of the proceeds is donated to Goodwill, the donor receives a tax benefit and the end customer secures the equipment at discounted prices.

“ReQuip is proud to partner with an organization such as Goodwill Manasota – it has a great mission and is a worthy cause. We believe in giving back and it’s important to pair up with companies who have the same goals in mind,” said Larry Anderson, president of ReQuip Stores, Inc. “After 25 years of selling equipment to a variety of manufacturing and distribution companies – both large- and small-scale operations – a light finally turned on. It became clear: If companies donate their surplus equipment to a great cause, everyone wins.

There are tax benefits that motivate people to look for creative ways to give back, the nonprofits we work with earn funds, and items are essentially given a second life, keeping them out of the landfills.”

                For more on ReQuip Stores, go to www.requipstores.com.

About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.

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