Hurricane Katrina: Manufacturers Step Up to the Plate

By September 1, 2005Miscellaneous

We mentioned last weekend when the hurricane was first looming that should it have its expected disastrous effect, no doubt manufacturers would be there in numbers to help. It is their very nature, backbone of the economy, heart of the economy that they are.

Today, NAM President John Engler sent out this notice to all NAM members, urging them to log on to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) to volunteer resources that may be used to support on the ground recovery efforts. In this document you will also find links to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, where you can make donations. This was only sent today, but you can bet manufacturers are already responding.

Separately, we received word about a number of our member companies and their responses thus far:

Chevron has donated $5 million to relief efforts;

Bayer has donated $2 million, an amount they say, “will be followed by much more in both money and materials.”

Toyota has donated $1 million and has promised to match all employee contributions.

DuPont has donated $1 million to relief efforts.

It is heartening at a time of such devastation — images that never leave your conscience once you’ve seen them on TV — to see America’s manufacturers dig deep and help. As we said, this is only what we know in day one, only what we know anecdotally. We will keep tabs on manufacturers’ efforts and will keep you posted. Our hats are off to all of them, they do us proud every day.

Finally, here’s a link to the President’s heartfelt comments today on the hurricane and its deadly aftermath. He spoke for the manufacturers of America when he said, “The country stands with you. We’ll do all in our power to help you. May God bless you. ”