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This industry - across virtually all product areas - is providing an unprecedented response to the events of Sept. 11 in the U.S. Manufacturers and distributors of industrial supplies - particularly safety equipment, tools and equipment to assist in search and rescue efforts - have made generous donations of product, time, money and technical assistance into the rescue and recovery sites in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and continue to keep workers supplied with protective equipment. Some associations are helping to coordinate assistance efforts.
While some companies aren't announcing their efforts publicly, there are reports that nearly every manufacturer of personal protection equipment, along with distributors with East Coast operations, have donated time and product to assist where needed. And companies nationally are calling association offices or emergency agencies to find out how they can help and how to get products where they are needed.
Industry response was fast. By noon, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, the day of the attack, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had contacted W.W. Grainger, seeking delivery of generators to the disaster scene. A set of 30 generators was located at Grainger's branch in Albany, NY. Grainger contacted Con-Way Central Express (CCX) to move the generators to their branch near Elmsford, NY, just on the north side of Manhattan. The 14,000-pound load was placed in two 28-foot trailers and dispatched directly to New York. By the time it reached Elmsford, FEMA had made arrangements to allow the truck to proceed directly to the disaster site. The delivery was made by 7:30 p.m. that evening.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Airgas Safety put together a shipment of items needed by the rescue workers. It included 15,000 coveralls, a large number of boots, 600 boxes of respirators, lanterns and batteries, one 60,000-watt laser light, and four 100,000-watt spot lights. In all, a little more than 9,800 pounds of materials. Con-Way Central Express made the delivery to the disaster site by 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
The New York National Guard made a special call to the Bullard Co. by Thursday, Sept. 13. Bullard, Cynthiana, KY, manufactures industrial hardhats and fire helmets. The Guard was asking for the donation of 10,000 hard hats for the disaster recovery work at the New York World Trade Center. They began manufacturing and packing the hats immediately. Doug Ison, CCX service center manager in Lexington, KY, donated the transportation to make this urgent delivery.
Here's a brief recap of just some of the reports coming in. There are many, many more by companies and individuals who are quietly finding ways through their industry associations or personal contacts to help make a difference.
- Businesses of DuPont, Wilmington, DE, are donating materials and services to help the victims of last week's tragedy in New York City and Washington, DC and their families. DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems is shipping 1,400 pairs of heavy-duty gloves to rescue workers in New York City. Wells Lamont, also has agreed to donate some excess inventory of firefighter gloves. DuPont Apparel & Textile Sciences shipped T-shirts and socks to rescue workers in New York City. DuPont Pharmaceuticals used its Delaware-based HIV outreach van to take water, food and clothing to relief workers in New York City. DuPont also announced the company is donating $5 million to assist the victims of last week's terrorist attack and their families. The funds primarily are earmarked for the education of the children of firefighters, police officers and other uniformed emergency personnel who lost their lives as a result of the attacks.
- Grainger, Chicago, IL, is in the process of donating $1 million in cash and emergency supplies to aid rescue and recovery teams in New York. The company is providing an assortment of products, including: hard hats, steel-toed