The Longview Komatsu facility has long supported the East Texas Literacy Council (ETLC) who provides a variety of services to enable adult learners to achieve personal goals and self-sufficiency through literacy.  ETLC was the first affiliate in the nation accredited by ProLiteracy (formerly Literacy Volunteers of America) in March 2000 and has maintained accreditation since that time. 

Cindy Allen, from Accounting, represents Komatsu as an ETLC board member. Cindy has served as a board member for three years and is actively involved in all phases of work within the community. Cindy said “It's heartwarming and wonderful to see an adult learn to read and hear their success stories.  It opens new doors for these individuals such as job opportunities and gives them a sense of independence”.

Komatsu Longview was an “Imperial Bee” sponsor for the 27th Annual ETLC Spelling Bee taking place on June 6. Among the 16 local businesses participating in the Bee, our own Komatsu spellers, Bob Kindig and Julia Riner from our Planning Department, did a fine job representing us. Although our team persevered through several rounds of crazy hard words like “triumvirate”, “strephosymbolia”, “ligniperdous”, and “gamopetalous”, we were not able to bring the Spelling Trophy home.  The winning word, after a six-round tie-breaker, was “palatable”.  But all was not lost…. Thanks to our Komatsu representatives from HR, Accounting, Engineering, Maintenance, Sales, Production, and Planning, we displayed a tremendous amount of spirit and cheers for our team. For the first time ever, we won the coveted “Bee Spirit Stick” for the year!

When asked what he enjoyed most about the event, Bob said “I enjoyed meeting other participants (both spellers and supporters) from businesses in the area.  It really helps connect us to each other and allows us to see that we are part of a bigger picture.  I would definitely participate again!  It was a lot of fun.”  Julia, participating for the second year in a row, is planning on participating again next year and said she is “determined to do better”!  Kudos to Julia, Bob and the Komatsu cheer team!