Eaton’s Vehicle Group Headquarters in Galesburg, Michigan provides automotive and commercial vehicle manufacturers worldwide with products and systems that are designed to improve a vehicle’s overall efficiency, performance, and power.
Here in Southwest Michigan, we have a world-class facility that employs 600 people and fosters an environment that encourages excellence, work-life effectiveness, wellness, and actively engages in community activities.
What’s Really Under Its Hood
Eaton’s employees are experts in the automotive and commercial vehicle markets—but what we really enjoy is helping others and making Southwest Michigan a great place to live and work. We come together to make a difference in many agencies within our community, including Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Gryphon Place, Comstock Community Center, Family and Children Services, and many more.
Global Company. Local Mission.
Our vision is to empower local communities to improve the quality of life for everyone. Our mission is to strengthen Galesburg’s surrounding communities by partnering with local organizations to identify local needs, grant charitable funds, and encourage employee volunteerism. This year, we have given funding to 62 agencies.
Each November, Eaton hosts “Get Involved Galesburg,” a campuswide event encouraging local agencies that we fund to meet our employees and share information with them about their community purpose. This event is a great way for our employees to interact and become familiar with volunteering opportunities within our community. The attending agencies bring games to play and swag to give away while we supply snacks and prizes. At the end of the event, our employees vote for the best booth based on interaction, display, and games; the winner receives additional funding for their agency.
Eaton also sponsors many events in our community. We have been a title sponsor of Housing Resources Inc.’s (HRI) “Walk to End Homelessness” for many years. For those who are not aware, HRI provides housing assistance in Kalamazoo County to those in need. Each March, we form a walk team and participate together as a group. The funds raised from the walk, along with donations from sponsors like Eaton, help HRI offer services and assistance to those in need in our community.
Servicing Its Own Engine
Along with our commitment to making the community better, Eaton is also devoted to maintaining an engaging and thought-provoking work environment for our employees. Each year, we host events like bring your parent/person or bring your kid to work day, an employee appreciation picnic, and a ride-and-drive during which employees get together to drive and learn about our Vehicle Group’s products.
And, some of the many opportunities Eaton offers internally are extensive internship and co-op programs for college students. Each year, we bring on several interns and co-ops to both our Galesburg and Marshall campuses. “The interns pump so much energy and continuous improvement into our campus. They think they are here to learn and have a job for the summer, but they do so much more for our campus,” says Annette Howard, senior human resources generalist at Eaton. The interns and co-ops are handed many compelling tasks throughout their time at Eaton, and they often execute them above and beyond what we imagine. We include them as part of our Eaton family and make sure they’re supported in a safe and inspiring learning environment.
We Make What Matters Work
Fostering an inclusive company culture and contributing to the communities where we live and work are what matters. And we’re here to make sure what matters works.