Project Drive was founded in 2007 by G.L. Huyett, a Manufacturer and Master Distributor of specialty non-threaded fasteners and grease fittings, as part of a comprehensive community improvement initiative intended to serve the needs of nonprofit organizations within a 50-mile radius of Minneapolis, Kansas. Grants are awarded in increments up to $25,000 for any one project to a nonprofit individual, institution, or organization seeking to improve a North Central Kansas community.
Starting with $1,000, Project Drive grew to $5,000 in 2010, increased to over $10,000 in 2011, and more than $25,000 in 2013 thanks to contributions from private donors. In 2016, Project Drive awarded $25,693 to seven projects in Ottawa, Cloud, and Saline Counties.
Dolly Hahn and her husband Bob owned G.L. Huyett from 1980 to 1992. Dolly served as the company’s bookkeeper and was a stickler for accuracy. It was not uncommon for her to receive coins taped to a postcard after she had called a customer because they still owed $.32.
In memory of the contribution of Dolly to our community, each year G.L. Huyett recognizes one graduating senior of Minneapolis, Bennington, or Concordia High Schools with the Dolly D. Hahn Memorial Mathematics Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to the student who demonstrates the highest achievement in mathematics, a field in which Dolly excelled. The scholarship criteria consists of their math score on the ACT college entrance exam and grade point average in math courses in high school.
We are now accepting applications. The deadline is April 28th, 2017.
John Johnson was the economic director for the city of Minneapolis from 1990 until his death in 2003. John's entrepreneurial spirit was instrumental in the growth and development of G.L. Huyett. With his assistance, the Company grew from two employees in 1992 to over 75 employees in 2003. The economic impact that John's assistance created was immeasurable.
In memory of the contribution of John to our community, each year G.L. Huyett recognizes one graduating senior of Minneapolis, Bennington, or Concordia High Schools with the John Johnson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is furthering their education in a business related major with an emphasis on either computers or machining, fields in which John prospered.