GREENVILLE, S.C. (Sept. 14, 2001)—Michelin North America has joined its parent company, Group Michelin, in providing assistance to the relief efforts going on in New York City following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center buildings Sept. 11.
The Greenville-based tire maker announced Sept. 13 that it is donating round-the-clock, on-site tire service and up to $250,000 in tires to help keep emergency vehicles working at the “ground zero” recovery efforts in lower Manhattan.
The donation follows Group Michelin's $1 million contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund made earlier that same day in response to the terrorist events in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. The company also established the Michelin Relief Fund for its 128,000 employees worldwide who might wish to make donations.
“It is impossible to find words to express the anguish we feel for the tragedy that has befallen the United States,” said Group Michelin CEO Edouard Michelin, from the company's headquarters in France. “On behalf of all Michelin employees throughout the world, I offer our heartfelt sympathy to those touched by this disaster. We hope our contribution will help in some small way to assist those in need.”
Michelin North America (MNA) Inc., meanwhile, said it will provide an on-site service truck 24 hours a day, seven days a week to service all emergency vehicles involved in the recovery efforts in New York. The company also will provide up to $250,000 in Michelin tires to help maintain the operation of emergency vehicles in the crisis area. The company expects to service and provide tires for heavy construction and earthmover equipment as well as fire engines, ambulances, police cars and other support vehicles.
Michelin also will make available an on-site technical expert to assist in any tire- or mobility-related issues to insure continuous operation of vehicles.
“It is simply the right thing to do,” said MNA Chairman and President Jim Micali. “Michelin North America is committed to providing the emergency crews working in the Manhattan crisis area the full resources and expertise of our company.”
Group Michelin said it will establish the Michelin Relief Fund immediately to help victims through the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.
“The American Red Cross is working around the clock to ensure that those affected by the tragedies on Tuesday have comfort and care,” said John Clizbe, Red Cross vice president of disaster service. “We are grateful that so many people, including those from corporations such as Michelin, have demonstrated a willingness to help the Red Cross provide immediate relief to everyone who has been touched by these catastrophic events.”