LISLE Ill. -- Navistar has initiated a disaster relief program to assist with Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts on the East Coast designed to get International Truck customers back in business as soon as possible, the company has announced.
Through Operation Assist, Navistar is coordinating with its International Truck North American dealer network and International used truck centres to help customers in the East Coast find new or used trucks to replace lost or damaged vehicles.
In addition to replacing damaged vehicles, Navistar will match employee and dealer contributions up to $50,000 to the American Red Cross.
“We are proud to join the thousands of companies that are doing their part to offer hope to people whose lives have been devastated,” said Troy Clarke, Navistar president and chief operating officer.
Navistar officials say the company has organized lists of available new and used International trucks and trailer inventory from its North American dealer network to assist in the recovery. Dealers across the country are also working together to provide access to the variety of trucks needed to aid customers in the region, the company said.
“We created Operation Assist to facilitate trades among dealers and speed the process of getting needed trucks to the region. We’re trying to get our customers back in operation as quickly as possible,” explained Jeff Ordner, director, International fleet sales, Northeast Region.
Navistar also noted its Idealease truck leasing program has thousands of International trucks with titles and leases in its inventory across the country, which can be deployed to customers on the East Coast.
“A lot of our customers still don’t know what they have or don’t have. So, we are getting trucks ready with different kinds of bodies and trying to figure out how quickly we can get things out there to help,” added Mike McMahon, vice-president, used truck sales, Navistar. “If people come to us and need help, we will figure out how to help them. In times like these, it’s about more than business. We want to do the right thing.”