Press release submitted by American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area|
Briggs & Stratton Corporation donates Generators and Pressure Washers to Support Red Cross Response to Disasters in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas
Company to provide more than 1,300 products to Red Cross Chapters
American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area has received a Briggs & Stratton (NYSE: BGG) generator and pressure washer 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 Quad Cities Area Chapter also serves as the headquarters for the Midwest River Region of the American Red Cross. The region received a total of seven generators and seven pressure washers, including one generator and one pressure washer at the Gateway Area Chapter in Clinton, Iowa.
The donation by Briggs & Stratton includes approximately 850 generators and 500 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," said Betsy Pratt, Regional Chief Executive Director, "We'll use the pressure washers to wash cots and food containers after disasters and for 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.
This represents the second and final shipment Briggs & Stratton will be delivering in 2012. In May, Briggs & Stratton delivered generators and pressure washers along the Atlantic and Gulf coast in preparation for hurricane season.
These second shipments will go to Red Cross chapters in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. Briggs & Stratton will also be shipping units to American Red Cross territories, in Guam and Saipan.
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 about 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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