Chicago Pneumatic Power Technology presented a $6,500 check to the Autism Society of America in partnership with Franklin Equipment at Franklin’s facility in Groveport, Ohio. Chicago Pneumatic recently put together a campaign to raise awareness about autism.

At The Rental Show in New Orleans in February, Chicago Pneumatic wrapped its CPG 25 generator with the iconic puzzle pieces of the Autism Society of America and announced that for every CPG 25 unit sold at the show, the manufacturer would donate $500. The money raised comes directly from the sale of 13 units.

In addition to purchasing the wrapped show floor model, Franklin Equipment donated another $500 to the cause. Franklin plans to continue to spread awareness for as long as it rents the unit to customers.

CP Midwest regional sales manager Rob Teasley, whose son Austin is autistic, championed the initiative. Teasley, with wife Tiffany and Austin, spoke at the event before handing a check to Scott Badesch, president of the Autism Society of America.

“It means a lot to my family that CP would step up and put so much support behind this initiative,” said Teasley. “It was a hit at The Rental Show. Attendees walked into our booth to ask about the generator and some of those people were parents of autistic children. It is going to be awesome to see our CPG 25 wrapped generator out on a jobsite – it will certainly turn some heads.”

An additional model will receive the same autism-branded treatment for A Tool Shed in Sunnyvale, Calif. A Tool Shed plans to rent the unit with proceeds going to an autism charity.

Autism is a complex developmental disability affecting a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. The puzzle pieces reflect the complexity of the autism spectrum, while the various colors and shapes represent the diversity of people and families living with the condition.