Manufacturers Honor FONA with Community Service Award

NAM Recognizes Illinois Leader with Annual Sandy Trowbridge Award

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recognized FONA International of Geneva, Illinois, with the Sandy Trowbridge Award for Excellence in Community Service. The Trowbridge Award honors an NAM member company that has shown exemplary leadership in serving its community or state and is an example of the giving spirit of our nation’s manufacturers and businesses.

One of FONA’s founding core values is to serve others generously. FONA donates an average of 19 percent post-tax profit each year to help its neighbors and build connections within the community through organizations such as the Northern Illinois Food Bank, DayOne Network, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice and Riverwoods Family Campus/Riverworks Life Skills Outreach. In addition, the company actively supports local schools, community groups and organizations through its Discover FONA community education program, which features tours, demonstrations, speakers and access to facility and staff.

"FONA and its employees are carrying on the mantle of service embodied by Sandy Trowbridge with their commitment to serve others,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Manufacturers are anchors of their communities and FONA International’s charity and service is a prime example of how manufacturers make a difference every day.”

The Trowbridge Award is named after the late Alexander B. “Sandy” Trowbridge, former secretary of Commerce who served as president of the NAM from 1979 to 1989. Trowbridge was known for his leadership on behalf of manufacturing and for his strong commitment to community service. “I’m so proud of our people for the work they do in our community,” said FONA Founder, Chairman and CEO Joseph Slawek. “Generosity is at the core of who we are, and it is so fulfilling to see us living this principle with our neighbors and really having an impact on the lives of people in need. Generosity never reduces profitability. It creates the environment of abundance necessary for profitability to exist.”

About FONA International, Inc.
Founded in 1987, FONA International creates and manufactures flavors for many of the largest food, beverage, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical companies in the world from its state-of-the-art, 33-acre campus in Geneva, IL. FONA International has established a reputation as the forward-thinking, independent solution provider in the very competitive flavor industry.