Company to Provide More than 1,300 products to Red Cross Chapters
Steven Hansen, chapter executive American Red Cross Northeast WI, Jerry DeFrancisco, president, humanitarian servcies of the American Red Cross; Patty Flowers, regional chapter executive of Eastern WI, Laura Timm, Community Relations, Briggs & Stratton, Todd Teske, Chairman, President & CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corporation, and Tom Mooney, regional chapter executive of Western WI
To support Wisconsin’s, and the Michigan border communities, relief efforts American Red Cross Chapters throughout Wisconsin today received 11 Briggs & Stratton (NYSE: BGG) generators and 13 pressure washers as part of a large donation to help the organization better prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies in communities throughout the country.
The donation by Briggs & Stratton includes 847 generators and 483 pressure washers to Red Cross chapters in disaster-prone locations across the United States and Puerto Rico. The generators can supply power at disaster shelters and service centers during relief operations and even power devices within our chapter’s offices. The pressure washers will ensure a high level of cleanliness for washing cots, food containers and other cleaning projects.
“When disasters strike, the Red Cross is there helping neighbors and communities, and Briggs & Stratton is proud to be a part of that critical response,” said Todd Teske, Chairman, President & CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corporation.
Briggs & Stratton delivered the generators and pressure washers in advance of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season to coastal regions as well as areas prone to spring tornadoes. Throughout Wisconsin’s Chapters, the Red Cross responded to 972 disasters last year including multiple tornadoes, winter storms, floods and hundreds of residential fires.
The first shipments will go to Red Cross chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin (home to Briggs & Stratton) and Puerto Rico. Distribution of all units to Red Cross locations should be completed by the fall.
Through the donation of this equipment, Briggs & Stratton joins other corporate members in the Annual Disaster Giving Program, which enables the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disaster by helping build a reliable funding base for disaster relief services.
About Briggs & Stratton
Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is North America’s number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of standby generators, along with lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Ferris® and Murray® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
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