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Footwear brand donates boots to construction grads

May 10, 2019
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Courtesy Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids

A work shoe manufacturer donated new work boots to recent graduates of a high school construction program.

Cat Footwear worked with the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation to donate the boots, valued at about $200 each, to 40 graduates of Kent Career Tech Center construction program on May 9.

HBA’s Next Generation committee, which includes John Bitely of Sable Homes and Dale Hamill of Lake Michigan Credit Union, presented the boots to the students to help them prepare for their first jobs in the construction industry.

“We recognize that as you go out in the industry, you will need proper safety gear, and steel-toe boots are a big part of that,” Bitely told the students during the event. “We hope your new Cat footwear boots will prepare you for what’s ahead in the construction field. We’re looking forward to having you in the industry — and there are plenty of jobs out there.”

Phil Cumings, a Kent Career Tech Center instructor of applied construction technology, said the free boots are a great way to help the students get started, as they will be required to wear OSHA-approved footwear at the sites.

“We are very grateful to partner with the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids Foundation and Cat Footwear to be able to offer this opportunity for our students,” he said.

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