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HANDS for Children
IKA is helping children in need through the “HANDS for Children” program.
Former IKA employees assemble laboratory equipment products in Staufen, Germany and – soon in the United States: the profits earned from the sale of these products are directly donated to institutions that help children in need. Our funds have helped to build schools, reducing illiteracy and offering children a brighter future.
A glance at the donation chart shows that a big heart is beating among IKA and its retirees – more than 720,000 Euros have been donated in the past 15 years through the work of the IKA volunteers. This involves former IKA employees assembling laboratory equipment products that are sold worldwide.
In 2013, IKA has received the mid-size company award for corporate social responsibility for its charitable initiative “HANDS For Children”. See the video: IKA receives social responsibility award
Our Hands for Children Team in Germany:
The IKA Kids Camp
A special highlight: the IKA Kids Camp. Up to 20 children of our German employees travel to Wilmington, NC to learn surfing in the ocean, telling stories around camp fires or riding horses at the IKA Farm and learning how to assemble an IKA product. Children of our US employees also travel to Europe and immerse in a cultural exchange in Germany, Switzerland and France. They see historic castles in Germany, hike mountains in Switzerland and try snails in France – the US kids also assemble products at the German headquarters. For the kids, it is an unforgettable experience that they will remember for a lifetime. Starting this year, children of our Chinese employees will travel to the United States for the first time as part of the IKA Kids Camp program.
The program will take place in July and August for the US children to travel to Europe first, then for the German and Chinese children to come and unite with the US children.
The German kids at the IKA Farm.
The German kids at Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA.
The US kids at the Rheinfall waterfall in Switzerland.
I have been working at IKA Works full-time
I've found the people at IKA to be respectful towards one another in a professional manner. When the owner visits the Wilmington subsidiary, he'll walk around and politely greet everyone. The CEO knows everyone by name, and respectfully greets IKA employees when she's walking by. IKA also makes a conscientious effort in employee appreciation. From professionally catered Christmas parties, to subsidized lunches, free yoga classes, employee exchange program, IKA kids camp, free farm produce, and surprise German chocolates at Easter, IKA does more for its employees than many other companies. IKA also provides fair pay and benefits, as well as a beautiful modern building to work in. Vacation is better than most US companies and time is managed in a honest manner.
Operations at IKA are very well managed. Overall business seems to flow smoothly through the facility. There is a healthy pool of experience at IKA, and well qualified employees in both the senior and entry levels. The business system at IKA works well, supported by its continued growth in sales and operations.
IKA’s products are the highest quality in both of their divisions, Laboratory and Processing. IKA continues to design and offer new products to grow its market share.
As IKA continues to grow, it's evident that more manufacturing space is needed. Furtunately, IKA is expanding the US facility to increase manufacturing capability and capacity.
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