Cummins Helps Power Northeast Homes and Businesses

MINNEAPOLIS — Cummins Power Generation has deployed 415 generators to provide temporary emergency power to hospitals, office buildings and homes that were devastated during Hurricane Sandy.

The company said the rental units delivered by 11 of its 16 North American distributors and dealers to the Northeast account for a total of 215 megawatts of power.

“For immediate needs we are providing power to pump water out of flooded areas, as well as temporary power for lighting, heating and charging cell phones, which have now become the primary method for people to stay in touch,” said Saravanan Selvan, strategy and marketing manager of the global rental segment for Cummins Power.

The company added, however, that those 415 units are among hundreds of other generators deployed by other manufacturers, albeit still using the same Cummins connection.

Besides banks and healthcare facilities, Cummins Power said the end users of these generators also include FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the New York Port Authority, Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Sunny Delight Beverages Company.

According to Cummins, there’s also been a demand for permanently-installed standby power systems, something the company believes has helped people to stay safe and comfortable in their homes.

“It’s important we do what we can to help rebuild people’s lives and livelihoods, so we are increasing capacity this year and next to help meet demand,” said Vivek Malapati, residential and commercial property segment leader.

Cummins said that one of these end users also included Steve Kalalian, CEO of Industrial Color Brands, a digital photography and video company with offices in lower Manhattan, which continued operating during the storm.

Kalalian said that having a generator in the first place was a good call.

“You hope to never need the backup generator, but when you do, it’s a life-saver. Hurricane Sandy made it clear how important installing a generator was to our business,” Kalalian said.

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