On Friday, March 31st, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Washington State Patrol (WSP) honored the Kershaw Companies® for a financial donation that helped to fund a public safety project, keeping Washington’s roadways safe.
The US Highway 12/Low Road construction project will create an eastbound acceleration lane on US 12 at Low Road. The acceleration lane will give the necessary room and distance to speed up before merging with highway traffic. The project will also include a flashing warning sign in the westbound direction to alert travelers that a vehicle is at the intersection.
Kristin Kershaw Snapp addressing attendees and employees
The construction project was funded as a joint collaboration between the Kershaw Companies and the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program. Senator Curtis King rallied for federal funding, and the Kershaw Companies stepped up to fill in the remaining amount of needed funds. “We feel like you cannot put a value on a person’s life, and we found a way to help fund this project so that it gets done,” explains Kristin Kershaw Snapp, Director of Corporate Social Responsibilities for the Kershaw Companies.
WSDOT Deputy Secretary Keith Metcalf speaking at the award ceremony
Washington State Patrol’s Captain Foster, Master of Ceremonies, opened the award ceremony welcoming those that came from Olympia, and across the State. “Private sector donations such as that of the Kershaw Companies is rare,” explained Foster. The magnitude and rarity of the donation brought the presence of WSP Chief John Batiste, WSP Assistant Chief Jeff Sass, WSP Assistant Chief Jason Berry, and WSDOT Deputy Secretary Keith Metcalf. Around eighty people attended the event, including State Troopers, Kershaw Companies employees, media, and the public.
WSDOT, WSP, and Kershaw Companies breaking ground together
After receiving the award, Kristin Kershaw Snapp addressed the employees of the Kershaw Companies, “We are honored to accept this award, and to help make our roadways safer for the public and our employees. We deeply value the safety of our employees. You are the reason we exist today, and our hope for the future.”
Kristin Kershaw Snapp, Kevin Kershaw, and WSP Chief John Batiste
WSP Chief John Batiste commended the Kershaw Companies, “As a young trooper, I used to patrol these roads. In the four decades I have served, I’ve never seen anyone step up like this. On behalf of Governor Inslee, and the seven million people of Washington State, thank you very much. May God bless you and everyone who travels these roadways.”
The Kershaw Companies is a vertically integrated company comprised of Domex Superfresh Growers®, DSG Logistics®, and Kershaw Fruit and Cold Storage®.
WSP Sergeant Darin Foster was a large “behind the scenes” force in uniting Washington State Patrol, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Kershaw Companies.