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Great Dane delivers aid to Hurricane Katrina victims on Gulf Coast

SAVANNAH, Ga Great Dane Trailers is participating in the massive relief effort following Hurricane Katrina by pro...


SAVANNAH, Ga Great Dane Trailers is participating in the massive relief effort following Hurricane Katrina by providing refrigerated trailers over an extended period of time to the American Red Cross.<br>
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Originating in Dallas, Texas, the trailers will be delivered to storm-ravaged areas in the Gulf Coast, including Baton Rouge, La., Lafayette, La., and Mobile, Ala. where the Red Cross has set up local food and supply distribution hubs. <br>
“Our neighbors in the Gulf States are experiencing devastation most of us can not fathom,” said Phill Pines, chief operating officer at Great Dane Trailers. “The Great Dane family is eager to dedicate the resources we can to help bring relief to those who desperately need it.”<br>
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In addition to the reefer trailers valued at approximately $250,000, Great Dane has also initiated a corporate giving program for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Employees at nine production facilities and 25 branch locations nationwide will participate in the fundraising efforts for the American Red Cross to benefit storm survivors. <br>
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“The recovery effort in Louisiana and the surrounding areas is an enormous undertaking,” noted Chris Adkins, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Great Dane. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and with the individuals working to provide aid following this catastrophe.”<br>
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“Thanks to the help of partners like Great Dane Trailers, the Red Cross is working to meet the challenges presented by Hurricane Katrina-the largest single natural disaster response in our history,” said Kathleen Loehr, vice president of strategic fundraising for the American Red Cross. “Our donors will never meet all of the people their generous gifts will help, but you can be assured the Red Cross will put your gift to work helping those who need it the most.”<br>
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Great Dane’s full-service branch in Mobile, Ala. sustained some damage as a result of Katrina but is currently operational. The dry freight van production facility located in Greenville, Miss. experienced no structural damage and is also fully functional.<br>
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