Commentary: Distributors Are Critical in Rebuilding Gulf Coast
Hurricane Katrina is being compared with other disasters, including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, other hurricanes and floods, and even the Chicago fire of 1871. These areas built upon tragedy to create a revitalized area.
So will the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. The story not often told is how those rebuilding rely on distribution. As our cover story relates, the customer base in New Orleans, particularly industrial customers, was hit hard and is slow in coming back online. Yet local, regional and national distributors are dealing with the shock and finding ways to support customers and employees, get needed materials delivered, and day by day rebuild a business. The hidden story thousands of times each day in the region is how distributors are filling orders to ...