Herculaneum, MO (PRWEB) October 25, 2007
Employees of The Doe Run Company contributed time and expertise earlier this month in the first of many commemorative events for the City of Herculaneum’s Bicentennial. In June, the company announced that it would donate $30,000 to the Herculaneum Bicentennial Committee and serve as the platinum sponsor to help fund the year-long celebration. This month’s kick-off event was the Herculaneum Fall Festival held on Oct. 5, 6 and 7.
“Doe Run has always been a major supporter of our city. Together, we’ve transformed what was once an industrial port into a comfortable suburb in which people live, work and play,” said Herculaneum Today and Tomorrow member Jim Kasten. “Thanks in part to Doe Run’s donation, we’ve been able to offer residents a grand celebration. We hope the bicentennial provides a chance for every resident to recognize our rich and vibrant heritage.”
The Herculaneum Bicentennial Committee organized the Fall Festival, which included a fireworks display, carnival, craft and food booths, a car show and a special video filled with historic city moments. Dozens of Doe Run employees volunteered at the company’s two booths. Fairgoers and children visited the company’s booths to play earth science games, enter the “guess the weight” of the galena sample, and pick up free caps and Halloween buckets with trick-or-treating safety tips from Doe Run’s safety experts.
“Our donations, both financially and in the form of volunteering, symbolize our appreciation for our shared history and our enthusiasm for the future,” explained Gary Hughes, general manager of Doe Run’s Herculaneum smelter. “The facility holds a unique spot in our city’s history, after serving as the first major employer. But we also realize that without the community’s support, we wouldn’t be here today.”
Herculaneum Today & Tomorrow was recently approved for a $10,000 TRIM grant to help the city achieve a Tree City U.S.A. designation, as part of the bicentennial celebration. The funds will allow for the purchase of a piece of equipment to be used to prepare for the planting of 200 trees that will help Herculaneum become a Tree City U.S.A. The first bicentennial tree, which stands on Mott Street on Doe Run property, was officially dedicated and marked with a granite plaque during kick-off festivities.
Herculaneum was founded in 1808 by Moses Austin and Samuel Hammond. Nearly 80 years later, the St. Joe Lead Company acquired a 540-acre tract of land along the Mississippi River. In 1890, construction began on the smelter, now The Doe Run Company’s Herculaneum smelter. The new facility helped bring jobs and residents back to the once abandoned city, and marked its rebirth as an influential community along the Mississippi River.
Since then, Doe Run and its predecessors have helped finance and build several city firsts, such as the first steamboat crossing, ferryboat stop and firehouse. Doe Run has also assisted in the creation of Bates Memorial Park, Dunklin Fletcher Memorial Park, Joachim Golf Course and the Tri-City Little League Complex ballfields.
Special events are planned for each month to celebrate the city’s 200-year history. The bicentennial will culminate with a similar three-day festival in October 2008. For more information about bicentennial activities, visit http://www.herculaneum2008.com.
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facility, located in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com.
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Event photos are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/doerunphotos