ASSA ABLOY Open the Door for Foodbank to Rescue More Food

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September 12, 2015

What better way to fight hunger than spending the day donating time and resources to help Foodbank NSW & ACT build the new distribution centre?

Well that’s exactly what the team from ASSA ABLOY did!

The staff gave up their Saturday and got their Foodbank purple on to install spacer frames for the freezer doors which will not only help Foodbank rescue more food but keep it all cold so that more people in need can be fed.

We caught up with Mark Brunton, the ASSA ABLOY Product Manager Pacific – Cold Storage & Logistics to find out why they came to help Foodbank.

Q: What does ASSA ABLOY do?

A: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems is the world’s leading supplier of entrance automation solutions. With a holistic approach to the flow of people, goods and vehicles. We work across the commercial and industrial segments to create solutions with the best possible balance of cost, quality and lifetime performance.

Q: Where would people have seen ASSA ABLOY products?

A: People would see ASSA ABLOY hardware in their offices, door and window hardware, also entry through automatic doors in their office building. In the warehouse they would see ASSA ABLOY industrial doors. ASSA ABLOY are also prominent with residential hardware, with brands such as Yale and Lockwood.

Q: How has ASSA ABLOY been involved with the Foodbank DC Construction?

A: ASSA ABLOY was involved in developing a high performance door solution for the Freezers and Chillers. We worked closely with the Architect, Foodbank and construction company throughout the planning stages. Our offering included a solution that allowed the Freezer doors to be mounted outside of the freezers while still allowing the sliding panel doors to operate as normal and without encroaching on valuable floor space.

The ASSA ABLOY Hunger Fighters

The ASSA ABLOY Hunger Fighters

Q: Why did ASSA ABLOY want to donate their time and resources on the Foodbank Distribution Centre project?

A: ASSA ABLOY saw Foodbank as the right project to test a new product concept as well as an opportunity to highlight its product with a high profile customer. With this in mind ASSA ABLOY also felt it would be a good opportunity to give something back to the community while also using the occasion as a team building exercise. 

Q: Who travelled the furthest to help with the project and why?

A: Two of our technicians along with myself travelled over from NZ to assist with the installation.

Q: How have your eyes been opened to the issue of hunger in Australia?

A: Having heard the presentation on the day I think all of us were not so aware that hunger was such an issue in Australia.

A huge thanks to the hunger fighting ASSA ABLOY team, Mainfreight who donated the shipping costs to get the Frames shipped from NZ and of course last but not least, Bakers Delight Norwest and Bush’s Meats Carlingford who supplied the food for the BBQ lunch, an offering that went down very well!

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