The money came from excess funds in the employees' flexible-benefits accounts, which typically must be disbursed by the end of a calendar year.
"We try to select different organizations for use of these funds each year," says Gail Birdsong, human resources manager for the plant. "With many worthy nonprofit organizations to choose from, we selected St. Jude's not only because it provides treatment to children with catastrophic diseases across North America and around the world, but also because it is an educational and teaching institution for the research of pediatric diseases."
St. Jude's was founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and is named after Jude Thaddeus, the Roman Catholic Church patron saint of lost causes. The hospital treats more than 4,300 children a year, many of them cancer patients.
CertainTeed's Birmingham plant makes asphalt products for the roofing industry.