Electrolux Helps Stock Kitchens with Hope

Electrolux North America president/CEO Nolan Pike at the United Way giveaway.

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Electrolux North America helped make Thanksgiving a little brighter for hundreds of Tennesseans last month by donating $150,000 worth of pots, pans and kitchen utensils to United Way of Greater Nashville.

As Nolan Pike, president/CEO of the Electrolux North America told the local Smokey Barn News, the United Way held an outdoor pop-up event where it distributed the kitchenware to 30 partner organizations serving the greater Robertson County area.

The donated items, 7,300 in all, included spatulas, tongs, cutting boards, measuring spoons and cups, and eight-piece Frigidaire cookware sets. “We often partner and give full appliances to local organizations, whether its air conditioners in times of hot weather or ranges when people needed them,” Pike said. “But we thought, ‘What about the cookware and the essentials inside of that?’ That’s a real need, especially coming into the holidays. We thought, ‘OK, let’s help them prepare meals.’”

The kitchenware was added to United Way’s Thanksgiving-themed “Give Thanks Meal Kits,” which included food and $25 gift cards and were distributed to hundreds of needy families throughout the factory town of Springfield.

Pike said the Thanksgiving contributions underscored Electrolux’s commitment to “giving back to the communities that are home to its factories,” and United Way thanked the company for “helping those in need.”

Pike, a veteran of GE and Sears, was promoted from senior VP to president/CEO a year ago this month.