FARMER CITY -- If you see an excavator adorned with the pink Susan G. Komen for the Cure logo at a local construction site, it means money is being raised to fight breast cancer.
Central Illinois Ag, a Case IH dealer with offices in Farmer City, Clinton, Atlanta and Mason City, is donating money from each rental of a Takeuchi track loader or excavator to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of McLean County.
It is a four-year commitment the company is calling "Dig For the Cure," and it is expected to raise about $8,000 to $10,000 a year.
Store manager Matt Worthington came to the company two years ago, and felt the firm needed a community service project to support.
"It's a good company, but so fast-paced," said Worthington. "I just felt like we needed to find a cause to stand behind. We get so busy we can overlook things like that."
He found the Komen Foundation fit the bill.
"They are an outstanding corporation. They are fantastic and fun to be involved with," he said.
The effort began in the spring and already has generated around $5,000 for the cause.
Worthington said summer is the busy time for rentals, but added that construction should begin picking up with an improving economy.
Central Illinois Ag currently has a fleet of three Takeuchi machines: two excavators and a track loader. If the rental business picks up, the company may obtain additional equipment, and Worthington said he would likely use them to generate even more dollars for the foundation.
The machines have been repainted so that the Takeuchi logo is in pink, and also have the Susan G. Komen For the Cure logo.
Although the effort is only its first year, Worthington said, "It has been a great experience for everyone at Central Illinois Ag, and has us dedicated to find more ways to stay involved with our local communities."