NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ABB, the leading power
and automation technology group, has implemented several initiatives in
providing relief for the devastated areas along the Gulf coast.
"ABB is in a unique position to help utilities bring electricity to the
stricken communities and to help raise funds from its global employee base,"
said Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman and CEO of ABB in North America and head of the
Automation Technologies Division worldwide. "When we learned of the disaster
left behind by Hurricane Katrina, we put out a call to all employees worldwide
to contribute to the company's relief effort." Paliwal noted that ABB employs
about 103,000 in 100 countries.
He noted that the ABB Foundation, created as a result of the 2004
hurricane season, was created, in part, to raise funds from employees for
communities impacted by natural disasters. The company recently made a
contribution to the Save the Children Fund in the wake of the 2004 Tsunami.
Paliwal went on to say that all ABB power equipment manufacturing
facilities are "working around the clock, seven days a week" to supply the
utilities impacted by the storm with transformers and other electrical
equipment needed to restore electricity to New Orleans and the other
communities that lost power as a result of the storm.
ABB has electrical equipment manufacturing facilities in Missouri, North
Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia and
Pennsylvania. "ABB has also put on notice its facilities in Europe and
elsewhere to join in the supply of electrical equipment," said Paliwal.
ABB also is working with other customers to reschedule deliveries of their
equipment to provide space for the manufacturing of equipment earmarked for
the Gulf coast and is working with suppliers to keep materials needed flowing
into its factories.
ABB employs about 100 people in the Gulf coast region and has some 220
retirees living there. "We are in the process of contacting these employees to
see if there is anything we can do for them and are tracking pension checks to
be sure retirees get all the pension payments to which they are entitled,"
The company recently announced a hotline for those customers dealing with
the storm's aftermath. ABB Help Desk employees are available from 8:00 a.m. to
6:00 p.m. The special toll-free number will help ABB bring its complete
product and service offering to each customer's unique emergency needs. The
number is 1-877-511-4222.
ABB (http://www.abb.com ) is a leader in power and automation technologies
that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while
lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around
100 countries and employees 103,000 people. The company's North American
operations, headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, employs around 12,000 in
manufacturing and other facilities.