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Thank You Thursday - Fallsway Equipment Company

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Over the past four years Akron-based Fallsway Equipment Company has partnered with the International Soap Box Derby on a number of programs. In 2014 they were the presenting sponsor of Grandparents Day at Derby Downs along with the City of Akron. In 2016 they became the presenting sponsor of the United Way Corporate Derby Challenge which benefits the Soap Box Derby's Bill Speeg Memorial Scholarship Fund and supports at-risk youth in Summit County through the Derby’s STEM-based Education Program.

Fallsway Equipment is the distributor of CAT, Mitsubishi, Jungheinrich, Kalmar, and Manitou manufacturers in Canton, Akron, Youngstown, Mansfield, and Marion, Ohio. Fallsway is also a truck and warehouse equipment distributor in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

Fallsway has its own historic tie to the Soap Box Derby. The Owner and CEO of Fallsway Equipment Company, Harry Fairhurst, was a part of the Soap Box Derby back in 1956. That year, the Akron Beacon Journal voted Harry’s car the best design in the competition. Harry’s original car was on display at Grandparents Day and attendees marveled at its beauty. A really special moment took place near the end of the event when Harry’s grandson, Greyson Fairhurst, took his grandpa’s 1956 car down the very same hill his grandpa had competed on over 50 years ago.

“Fallsway has been a tremendous partner,” said Derby Vice President Bobby Dinkins. “Because of their investment in our program we’ve been able to create so many meaningful experiences for kids, adults and seniors at the world famous Derby Downs track.”

The Derby would like to say THANK YOU to Fallsway Equipment Company for helping us continue our mission of building knowledge and character, and creating meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

This is the 31st installment of our weekly “Thank You Thursday” feature. Each week we will offer a heartfelt “Thank You” to a corporation, civic or community leader, volunteer, foundation or an individual who has helped us continue our mission. To view previous features please click below.

06 24 15 Fairhurst President Of Fallsway 1956 Car Grand Derby
Greyson Fairhurst, grandson of Fallsway owner and CEO Harry Fairhurst, took his grandpa’s 1956 car down the very same hill his grandpa had competed on over 50 years ago. Greyson's father Greg prepares him for the race. 

Fallsway Team
Fallsway Equipment Company's 2016 United Way Corporate Derby Challenge team.

Fallsway Car
Fallsway Equipment Company entered the forklift car into the 2016 United Way Corporate Derby Challenge.

Thank You Thursday
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - FirstEnergy Corp.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Don Plusquellic
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Bill Ginter
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Marous Brothers Construction
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Myers Industries
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Outgoing Board Members
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - New Board Members
Thursday. November 24, 2016 - Volunteers
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Dairy Queen 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Curriculum Funders
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - SUBWAY®
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Will Looman
Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Taylor Made Jewelry
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - Greater Akron Chamber
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - Bob Troyer
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - GPD Group
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - Former Summit County Executive Russ Pry and the County of Summit, Ohio
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Pilot Flying J
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Dave Hubbell
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - AAA Akron Auto Club 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Danny Hughes
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Corbin Bernsen
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Dave Lieberth 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Joe Mazur
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Chris Harris
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - J.W. Didado Electric

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Welty Family Foundation