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On Sunday, March 12, 2006 a tornado hit Mel-O-Cream Donuts International, Inc. as well as a major portion of Springfield, IL. The storm left damage and chaos in its path with damage to many area businesses and residents along with power outages througought the Springfield area. We are currently back in production and shipping orders to many of our customers. We sincerely appreciate the concern and loyalty from our business associates, customers and friends and look forward to getting everything back to normal as soon as possible.
See the article listed here about our employee Mark McCloughan as he was inside the building during the storm. This article was featured in the March 19th, State Journal Register newspaper's Marketplace Section. The Night the Lights Went Out

Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort!
In an effort to raise $20,000 in funds to help support victims of the recent Hurricane Katrina, Mel-O-Cream Donuts International, Inc., O-Donuts, Inc. and the Springfield Chapter of the American Red Cross have joined forces to sell 4,00 dozen donuts in a 1 day event on Friday, September 16th.
A recent press release details the upcoming event.

Mel-O-Cream Hurricane Relief Effort

Objective: To sell 4000 dozen donuts (traditional ring donuts) for a minimum donation of $5. The funds will be provided to the Springfield Chapter of the American Red Cross. The donation will be used to help those hurricane victims relocated to the Springfield area.

When: The sale will take place on Friday September 16, 2005 commencing at 5:30 a.m.

Where: There will be various locations throughout Springfield, including King Pin Bowling Lanes - Sangamon Avenue & Dirksen Parkway, Across from Harper Oil on Clear Lake, Hollywood Video in Montvale Plaza on Chatham Road, Furrows (former location), Next to Harper Oil between Madison & Jefferson, and we hope to have a downtown location.

Who: This is a cooperative effort of staff, management and ownership of The Retail Donut Shops of Mel-O-Cream Donuts in Springfield (d.b.a. O-Donuts) and Mel-O-Cream Donuts International, Inc. i.e. The Donut Factory and the Springfield Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Why: This is our effort to help the Hurricane Katrina victims and keep the funds in the Springfield area.


"How Sweet It Is:" Fourth Grade students at the Farmingdale Elementary School enjoyed a demonstration for their "Rite of Passage" career program. See the related articles:
Pleasant Plains Press Article-How Sweet It Is: Students Sample Mel-O-Cream Careers. Published 3/11/05
State Journal Register article-MMM, Mel-O-Creams Pleasant Plains pupils watch doughnuts being made. Published 3/8/05

Kelly Grant, Jr. the President of Mel-O-Cream Donuts International, Inc. is celebrating his 50th year of leadership and service with the company. To celebrate the anniversary an open house and luncheon was held in honor of Kelly at the manufacturing facility located at 5456 International Parkway in Springfield, IL. The celebration held on October 20th was covered by the local newspaper the State Journal Register and by WICS Channel 20 News. Kelly's friends, family and many long time business associates joined the celebration and toured the facility. Click here to view the article published in the State Journal Register

The Illinois Manufacturers Association recently named Mel-O-Cream Donuts International, Inc. the recepient for the Pluto Award. The Pluto Award was given for an innovative concept of using a database system that allows Mel-O-Cream to identify hazards throughout the workplace, ensure employee involvement and assists in prioritizing hazards and mananging implementation of controls. Dave Ryan the Human Resources Manager accepted the award on behalf of Mel-O-Cream. Mel-O-Cream Donuts International, Inc. has been an active member of the IMA since 1972.
Not that they're complaining. The half-hour animated show on the Fox network is so popular in Great Britainthat 10,000 people entered a promotional contest to win a trip to Springfield - the Illinois capital, not the fictional city of Bart and Homer.

The Winner - Carl Beaumont, a 33-year-old chemical engineer from Yorkshire - spent Wednesday being chauffeured from one supposed Simpson-related site to another and meeting with city officials and Springfield High School students.

The contest was sponsored by 20th Century Fox-UK, a British offshoot of the Fox network. Contestants were asked to phone a hot line and name the U.S. president who hailed from a town called Springfield. Beaumont's entry - his entry was Abraham Lincoln, of course - was picked at random from the pile of correct responses.

"The Simpsons" is hugely popular in England, where it's aired by the British Broadcasting Corp., said Liz Meadows, an account executive with the London advertising firm that ran the Fox promotion.

For much of Wednesday, officials from the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau shuttled Beaumont and Hodgson around town, emphasizing potential links to "The Simpsons." Homer Simpson eats doughnuts the way other people breathe air, so Mel-O-Cream's plant on Rising Moon Road was a logical starting point.

When comparing British and U.S. doughnuts, Beaumont said, "There's no contest."

HEY SIMPSONS FANS!! For more info and links about the Simpsons click here.

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