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Briggs & Stratton Corporation donates Generators and Pressure Washers to Support
Red Cross Response to Disasters
Company to Provide More than 1,300 products to Red Cross Chapters
American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region October 15, 2012 —The Regional Headquarters office in Springfield received 6 Briggs & Stratton (NYSE: BGG) generators and 7 pressure washers 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 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.
“We are thankful to have the generous donation and are distributing the equipment across the region to each of the offices,” said Chris Harmon, Chief Emergency Services Officer for the SOMO Region. “We’ll use the pressure washers to clean the vehicles, cots and food containers after disasters and for other cleaning projects. The generators will be a great resource for the coming winter and will ensure we have power where it’s needed either for shelter operations or for the Chapter office in the case of a power outage.”
“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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