As part of a more than $1 million joint CNH brand hurricane relief effort, Case Construction Equipment, New Holland Construction and Kobelco Construction Machinery America LLC, are donating equipment and providing cash assistance to support humanitarian relief and reconstruction work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Racine, Wis.-based Case Construction Equipment is coordinating equipment and resources and sending cash donations to Mississippi and Louisiana to support ongoing relief and restoration work.
Case dealers in the region are also pitching in, diverting new equipment from Case plants and delivering units to the areas hardest hit. Rough-terrain forklifts and loader/backhoes are an initial part of the mix.
Case is delivering eight rough-terrain forklifts – six Case 586G models and two Case 585G models – to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at Camp Beauregard, La. Additionally, Case is donating two 580 Super M+ loader/backhoes to the local government in Plaquemines Parish, La., an area south of New Orleans hit hard by Katrina.
"Our thoughts and condolences go out to all of those who have been affected by the disaster," said Robin Killian, vice president of sales and marketing for Case Construction Equipment, North America. "We are pleased to provide equipment that can help begin to repair communities and infrastructures."
Case and the other CNH companies will continue to work closely with its dealers in the region, with the Business Roundtable through its Partnership for Disaster Relief, and with the National Association of Manufacturers to channel assistance to federal and state relief efforts supporting victims of the devastation.
Carol Stream, Ill.-based New Holland Construction is donating seven New Holland turbo loader backhoes to the local government in Plaquemines Parish. New Holland will continue to work closely with its dealers in the region – and with the National Association of Manufacturers and other groups – to channel assistance to federal and state relief efforts supporting those affected by the disaster.
Kobelco dealers in the region are also assisting in the efforts, diverting new equipment and delivering units to the areas hardest hit by the hurricane.
Carol Stream, Ill.-based Kobelco is shipping two Dynamic Acera SK210 excavators from its plant in Calhoun, Ga., to the local government in Plaquemines Parish.
“The Kobelco excavators heading to the disaster area are well-suited for the work at hand,” said Bob Bernardi, vice president, Kobelco Construction Machinery America LLC. “Both excavators will bear a special American eagle decal.”
Additionally, Kobelco employees at the Calhoun, Georgia manufacturing facility are signing their names – including special messages and best wishes for a quick recovery – on the inside of the machinery house doors.” In addition to supplying equipment as part of a million-dollar joint hurricane relief effort by CNH brands, including New Holland Construction, Case Construction Equipment and Kobelco, the companies will match individual employee donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $250,000.