Plumbing industry aids Hurricane Sandy victims
January 1, 2013
During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, also known as Superstorm Sandy, many companies in the plumbing industry gave support and aid to the hurricane’s victims along the East Coast. The following are stories that have come to our attention.
“Guided by our slogan ‘Invented for Life,’ we are compelled to use our resources to let those impacted by the disaster know that we care,” said Mike Mansuetti, president of Robert Bosch LLC.
The Bosch Community Fund, in conjunction with Robert Bosch Tool Corp., is contributing $100,000 in short-term relief to Habitat for Humanity earmarked to aid storm victims, as well as power tools worth $100,000 in value to support recovery efforts. Bosch and Lowe’s will furnish 24 vans donated by General Motors with power tools and equipment to assist residents of devastated communities in Monmouth County, N.J., and Breezy Point, N.Y.
A contribution of $100,000 will go to the United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley, Pa., to support home restoration for affected low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in Bethlehem and surrounding areas.
The team brought Bradford White water heaters and Baxi wall-hung boilers for residents in need and organized donation drives to deliver food and supplies: nonperishable items, water, juice boxes, coffee, hot plates, toiletries, candles, diapers, baby wipes and batteries.
The company will donate $2 to the American Red Cross relief efforts for every nonweatherized residential furnace the company ships to its Rheem and Ruud distributor partners in the affected areas. This is in addition to the Rheem-led online fundraising initiative for the Red Cross.
“It was clear to us that we had a mandate,” President and CEO Johnny White said.
Taco’s Steven Pearson, vice president of OEM sales, and Ken Anderson, vice president of sales in the Northeast region, joined a group of industry representatives and contractors at manufacturers rep firm Wales-Darby in Islandia, N.Y., to discuss how best to help the recovery and supply efforts. The meeting was facilitated by Greg Talbot, Wales-Darby vice president of sales, and hosted by Kevin Rooney, CEO of the Oilheat Institute of Long Island. Attendees included representatives from several oil heating companies and Hunter Botto, New York state PHCC president.
In response to the multitude of inquires, Weil-McLain’s technical service and engineering departments put together a checklist to assist contractors on how to service a Weil-McLain boiler that has been partially or fully submerged under freshwater or saltwater.