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Electrical firm produces Christmas wreath contest

December 15, 2016
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Feyen Zylstra Christmas wreath
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A local electrical firm is producing a public-vote competition that will benefit the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Grand Rapids-based Feyen Zylstra said this week its apprentices split into six teams to make Christmas wreaths. The teams had a $100 budget and had to use scrap electrical materials, natural elements and Christmas lights.

For every like the winning wreath receives on the firm's Facebook page, $1 will be donated to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Last year, the voting raised $2,500 for the YMCA.

A donation event will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 21 at the veterans home, where the wreaths with the most votes will be displayed.

“This competition is a terrific opportunity for our apprentices to try out their new electrical skills,” said Nate Koetje, CEO, Feyen Zylstra.

“Not only did they have to think creatively and solve problems as a team, but they also had a chance to discuss what community organization was most important for them to contribute to. We take pride in allowing employees to have an opportunity to choose where the company volunteers and donates to.”

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