Advanced Thin Films Builds, Delivers Bikes for Students

Company News

May 19, 2022

Team members at Advanced Thin Films, a unit of IDEX Optical Technologies, recently partnered with Wish for Wheels to build and deliver bikes for students at a local elementary school.

A group of more than 50 employees from all departments, volunteered to assemble bikes with chains, handlebars and tires, building 58 bikes in only a couple of hours.

“This was an absolutely amazing experience,” said Cost Accountant Jenna Jones. “One person was blindfolded and building the bike; and another was giving instructions, not able to touch the bike. Seeing people from different departments working together was so rewarding,” she said.

Team members also volunteered to deliver bikes to students later that day.

“Going to the school and being able to see and interact with the kids receiving the bikes we built, was the most rewarding experience,” said Human Resources Manager Gabriela Garrido.  “We don’t always get to directly meet the people that our community efforts benefit, so it was really nice to see all the kids’ excited faces when they learned they were going home with their very own bike.”

In collaboration with the IDEX Foundation, Advanced Thin Films donated $5,000 to Wish for Wheels.

Advanced Thin Films (ATF), which manufactures optical solutions for the aerospace and life sciences industries, began partnering with Wish for Wheels in 2019. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Wish for Wheels partners with companies to build and deliver bikes for children in low-income schools.

To learn more about the organization, visit their website.