AKRON(Sept. 17, 2001) — Goodyear announced today it is donating $1 million in response to the terrorists attacks on the U.S. Sept. 11, a sum it expects will grow significantly through the personal donations of Goodyear´s 100,000 employees worldwide.
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., meanwhile, has contributed $100,000 to the National Chapter of the American Red Cross and is collecting donations for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at its 1,400 Firestone Tire & Service Centers nationwide.
“Our sympathies go out to all those touched by the tragic events of Sept. 11,” BFS said in a statement on its Web site.
Goodyear said it is dividing its contributions between The New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund to provide financial aid for rescue workers, civilians and their families, and the American Red Cross, which is providing aid in Washington, D.C., New York and Pennsylvania.
In addition to financial aid, Goodyear has dedicated manufacturing, logistics and delivery personnel to assure continuous tire availability in both New York and Washington, D.C. The company said it and its network of retailers have been working around-the-clock to assure a steady flow of product to affected areas by prioritizing and expediting shipments to keep essential equipment operating.
The tire maker also has dispatched tire engineers to consult with New York City's tire maintenance staff to assist in any tire needs to avoid equipment downtime. Goodyear workers from several plants who are trained emergency professionals are in New York assisting in rescue operations.
“Our deepest sympathy rests with those who lost loved ones in the devastating events of last week,” Chairman Sam Gibara said in announcing the donation. “Goodyear´s gift allows the company and its associates to offer our support to the men and women who put their lives on the line to save others. Goodyear and its global family stand ready to do what we can to aid in their heroic efforts.
“We understand the daunting task that lies ahead and our company, along with our retail and commercial operations, will continue to provide whatever assistance is possible.”
Mr. Gibara also said Goodyear's fleet of three U.S.-based airships will display aerial night signs to assist in relief and philanthropic efforts as long as required.
Other tire industry organizations contributing to the relief efforts include Group Michelin in France, which has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, and its U.S. unit, Michelin North America, which is providing $250,000 in tires and 24-hour, on-site tire service to help keep emergency vehicles working at the recovery efforts in Manhattan. The Rubber Manufacturers Association also has contributed $25,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in the relief efforts related to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.