As companies in the food, medical, consumer and industrial product sectors increased capital investments throughout 2010, Multivac Inc. posted a banner year in sales of its packaging machinery and automation systems. This allowed the company to give back more than $30,000 in charitable donations across a diverse spectrum of worthy causes.

Nearly 40 separate charities received donations from the packaging equipment manufacturer. These included well known groups like the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and Salvation Army along with a host of local and regional organizations committed to serving needy children, rescuing abused animals, and funding a variety of scholarships and development programs for deserving students. Multivac also supported Haitian disaster relief, and made a substantial donation to employees of its sister Multivac operation in Chile in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake which impacted that country earlier this year.

"Doing right by our customers and assuring their success is always job one," says Jan Erik Kuhlmann, Multivac's president and CEO. "When we succeed on that front, we gain the flexibility to do even more good for our people and the communities where we work and live. It's a great privilege to be able to help so many great organizations, and we'll aim to do even more in 2011."