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Pella Corporation applauds state trooper efforts leading to arrest

Date of News Release: 01/20/2005


Contact: Kathy Krafka Harkema
Pella Corporation

MURRAY, Ky., Jan. 20, 2005 - Upon the arrest of a suspect by Kentucky State Patrol Trooper Russell Boyd in connection with bomb threats in Murray, Pella Corporation is donating $5,000 to help teens build their character and physical skills at Trooper Island. The non-profit camp, developed by the Kentucky State Police, is designed to strengthen citizenship skills for Kentucky teenagers who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend camp, during weeklong sessions on an island near Dale Hollow Lake, near Kentucky's Cumberland and Clinton County lines. The funds were originally offered by Pella as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for bomb threats at the company's manufacturing operations, located at 307 Pella Way in Murray.

"Pella is pleased to recognize the teamwork and persistence shown by State Trooper Russell Boyd and the Kentucky State Patrol, as well as Calloway County Sheriff's office, and police forces from the community of Murray. Thanks to their dedication, the community and our team members are safer," said Doug Dieleman, plant manager for Pella's Murray Operations. "We're honored to support Trooper Island to provide character development opportunities for Kentucky teenagers, as a tribute to the outstanding character and leadership shown by Trooper Boyd and his colleagues."

According to Pella spokesperson Kathy Krafka Harkema, "We were pleased to cooperate with local authorities will take the appropriate action to ensure that our team members, our neighbors and our facility remain safe. We are thankful for their efforts in this investigation, and in the day-to-day protection they provide for our team members and our community."

She said, "We are pleased that a suspect is in custody, and both surprised and disappointed to learn that he is employed at our Murray Operations. While this is an isolated case in which an individual used very bad judgment, we are pleased that no one was injured as a result of the reported threats. As a leader in the community, Pella will continue to cooperate with authorities to help ensure that our workplace and our community remain safe."

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