A SPECIAL THANKS TO COOK
MEDICAL OF CANTON
COOK Medical of Canton, Illinois has truly been a gift to
our community. It certainly has been a special
place in the heart of Shawnna Anderson of Canton. She shared her story recently with the Spoon
River Partnership for Economic Development.
Prior to COOK coming to Canton Shawnna was living in government housing
and was receiving public aid and a medical card for her and her son. She was also receiving energy
assistance. She was only able to provide
to her son the absolute necessities.
Shawnna was combing the City of Canton for jobs and was
continually being told nothing was available.
She heard about testing for COOK and decided to give it a try. She went to the Spoon River Community
Outreach facility where all of the COOK testing is conducted, and went through
the testing process. When I asked her
about her experience regarding the process, she had this to say, “I felt like
the steps were as easy as one, two, three.
I never felt intimidated by the process.
It never felt like it was a hassle and I always felt like I belonged
there. ” I asked Shawnna about the cost of the testing and she stated, “If I
would have had to pay for the test I wouldn’t have been able to take it with my
Shawnna described the interviewing process with plant
manager Shawn Lawrence, “Shawn was there interviewing me and could tell I was
very nervous. She told me that there was
no need to be nervous because in the COOK family ‘we all put our pants on one
leg at a time.’ I was one of the first
30 hired and I knew on the bus over to Indiana to train that I was becoming
part of a family.”
Shawnna’s story is the epitome of what COOK has meant to
Canton and Fulton County. She is now
married, is no longer on ANY TYPE of government assistance, and has purchased
her first home. She is thankful every
day for what COOK has provided for her.
Shawnna shared, “I have a 40 hour work week, I have a 401 K, an option
for a CRT bonus, an option for a raise every six months for the first three
years, it’s a clean environment, I receive health insurance, and the work I do
may save a life or make someone’s better!”
Another interesting thing that Shawnna shared is when people
ask her about COOK, she tells them that she appreciates the fact that in 9
years, when her son is possibly entering the workforce, this company will be
around and can afford him the same sort of opportunities. Shawnna lastly shared that the COOK family
isn’t about what their employees can do for them, but what they can they do for
COOK has invested $51.6 million dollars in the Canton
community. The Spoon River Partnership
for Economic Development would like to graciously thank the COOK Company and the
COOK Family for what they have meant, and continue to mean, to Canton and
Fulton County. Shawnna Anderson’s story
is not the only COOK success story.
There are many more. Her story
embodies the importance of the COOK investment to Canton and Fulton
Information provided by Missy Towery, Executive Director