2017 Summer Celebration


Detroit Chassis conducted its 2017 Summer Celebration Thursday, August 10th on the grounds of the plant on Lynch Rd. Though it was a down week and there was no production, the Caribbean themed celebration was widely attended by Associates and their family members.

It was a perfect day for the event with 82 degree light winds blowing from the west and partly sunny skies.

The festivities started with an invocation. Lunch was then provided by Chef Max and his crew. The menu consisted of Caribbean salad, Fruit salad, Jerk Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese, Baked Beans, Grilled Mixed Vegetables, Caribbean style Corn, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and the like. Needless to say, the food tasted very good and there was plenty to eat. Chef Max provided a beverage station with Cucumber and mint water, Caribbean Punch and Lemonade Spritzer. Sister-love-treats were also present to keep us cool throughout the day with flavorful Italian Ice delightful treats.

Keith Beasley provided soulful sounds and served as our photographer.

Associates with perfect and outstanding attendance were recognized and received certificates and financial awards. After further review of documentation, it was determined that Jimmy Perryman should have been included with this group. Congratulations Jimmy! Thank you for being a good sport and for bringing this to leadership’s attention. Jimmy is also our MVP player of 2017 winning 2 games and also having perfect attendance. Way to go Jimmy!

There was much camaraderie, fun and fellowship experienced by all who attended and participated in the activities that included: Limbo, Tug-O-War, Three Legged Race, Water Balloon Toss, Corn Toss and a Pie Eating Contest. We were all able to enjoy food, fun and fellowship with our families during the celebration as we watched and participated in activities for all ages.

Thanks to overwhelming support of Curtis Evans Industries, Libra Industries and Detroit Chassis more than $3,000 in prizes was awarded during the competitive games, raffle and BINGO.

This year’s prizes included:

  • 42” Smart TV
  • 5 $200 Meijer Gift Cards
  • 10 $100 Citgo Gas Cards
  • Nike Jacket
  • Nike Hat• Picnic Caddy
  • 3 Rolling NFL Coolers
  • Desk Fan
  • 2 DCP Hats
  • Detroit Tiger’s Jacket
  • Detroit Tiger’s Shirt
  • Under Armour Shirt
  • Folding Wagon
  • Swiss Gear Back Pack
  • Headphones
  • Water Gun
  • 2 Gift Bags (Children’s)
  • 40 Goody Bags (Juvenile)
  • Jump Rope

Congratulations to all of the winners of the games for your drive, tenacity and winning spirit:

Corn Toss

  • Fernando Gonzalez


  • Jimmy Perryman

Pie Eating

  • Daron Burton (Donell Baldwin’s son)


  • Harvey Jackson
  • Clarence Griffin
  • Curtis Garrett
  • Mike Hinton
  • Toni Siders
  • Donell Baldwin
  • Jimmy Perryman
  • Ramara Jackson

3-Legged Race

  • MeShawne Johnson and Clarence Griffin

Water Balloon Toss

  • Jimmy Perryman and Nayeesha Conway

All champions received rewards at the event except the Tug-O-War Champions who will be treated to lunch along with the Summer Celebration Committee soon.

The Detroit Chassis Scholarship Program awarded 5 scholarships to well deserving 2017 high school graduates from Associates’ families:

  • Tamia Patton (Annie Moore)
    1st place scholarship of $750
  • Nashia Wilkerson (Nayeesha Conway)
    2nd place $500
  • Da’Lajha Smiley (Takesha Williams) and
    Frank M.J. Thrasher (Frank Thrasher)
    3rd place $250 awards
  • DeAzhane Hudson (Donna Rush)
    4th place awardee

Thank you to all who attended and contributed. Your participation made this year’s event fun and memorable.

Great job team!

The Detroit Chassis leadership team would like to thank all of the committee members for your dedicated time and effort that produced a fun-filled event for DCP Associates and their families. We look forward to your participation again in preparation for the next celebratory event.

Announcement: A proposal has been raised to form a Detroit Chassis SEC (Special Events Committee) consisting of Production Associates. The group will need to plan a fall activity and this year’s Christmas celebration program which will be at The Hotel St. Regis Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Consider joining. Meeting dates and times will be announced. Help make this year’s celebrations the best ever!

2017 Summer Celebration Committee

Carmen Bass, Production Associate, Operations
Curtis Garrett, Labor Relations, Human Resources
Fernando Gonzalez, Production Mgr., Operations
Kimberly Barth, Materials Mgr., Operations
LaShauna Robinson, Payroll, Human Capital
Linda Ratliff-Watkins, Mgr. Ministry, Community Support & Customer Service
Melanie Basler, Accounting Mgr., Finance
MeShawne Johnson, Change Control Mgr., Engineering & Prog. Mgmt.
Michael Hinton, Director, Human Resources
Natasha Powell, Materials, Operations
Nicole Gordy, Assistant Mgr. Accounting, Finance
Pauline Player, Production Leader, Operations
Ranson Smith, Quality Mgr., Operatiions
Ron Neys, Facilities, Engineering & Prog. Mgmt.
Sharon Humphrey, Production Leader, Operations
TaJuana Jeter, Industrial Engineer, Engineering & Prog. Mgmt.
Toni Siders, HR Generalist, Human Resources

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