Rick Franklin Corporation, which has been in business over 40 years, is a proud supporter of the Lebanon, Sweet Home, and Scio communities across many levels. RFC supports both educational and athletic activities for the local youth as well as various community events and sponsorships.
In 2018, RFC donated goods and services for the Lebanon High School Baseball and Softball Teams turf infields. RFC was recognized In March 2019 with a 12 x 12 granite tile at the Grand Opening & Donor Appreciation event for their generous donation. In addition to Lebanon High School, RFC donates to the Scio Youth Club, Lebanon Booster Club, and has previously provided practice space in a building for the LHS Cheerleading team.
Rick Franklin Corporation is also the number one supporter of the Linn County Youth Livestock Auction, purchasing beef and pork at the Linn County Fair for several years, which is then donated to employees and their families.
Since the Classroom to Careers Expo began through the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Santiam three years ago, RFC has been a major supporter of the event. Albany & Eastern Railroad Company donates the space to hold the event at the Reload yard and both AERC and RFC also have trains, trucks, lowboys, and heavy equipment on site. This event helps students understand the variety of options available to them and are provided the opportunity for hands on demonstrations of RFC’s equipment. RFC and AERC staff participate in the planning and execution of the expo.
In December 2018, Rick Franklin Corporation, in conjunction with several other local businesses, played a vital role in constructing and placing a pedestrian bridge at Cheadle Lake. A 10-foot wide, 75-foot long walking bridge was donated to the Build Lebanon Trails group, with assistance from Dr. Thad Nelson. This bridge plays a key part in connecting the North Shore Trail with the West River Trail to allow walking access on the east side of the community.
RFC has made donations to the Scio Youth Club, East Linn Christian Academy, Safehaven Humane Society, and numerous events held by the Boys and Girls Clubs.
RFC’s most recent donation program has been the firewood donation project in conjunction with Tre Kennedy of the Lebanon Booster Club and Weyerhaeuser’s Santiam Lumber facility. RFC purchased a firewood cutting machine and processes lumber which is donated by Weyerhaeuser’s Santiam Lumber facility. Employees and subcontractors have spent over 300 hours cutting, stockpiling, and delivering firewood to residents. Residents wishing to purchase firewood contact Tre Kennedy who works with RFC to arrange for the firewood to be delivered. Those receiving firewood are then asked to donate to a non-profit organization of their choice.