SANDY SPRINGS, S.C. (Jan. 24) — Michelin North America Inc. employees at the company´s Sandy Springs and Starr, S.C., semi-finished products facilities presented a $10,000 check for hurricane relief to the American Red Cross, the firm announced Jan. 23.
The donation, plus previous corporate and employee contributions from Michelin, total more than $300,000 for hurricane relief efforts, said Ann Wright, CEO of the Upstate S.C. chapter of the American Red Cross.
In October, Michelin's Anderson County, S.C., sites set new records for production and quality, said Monty Rigsby, plant manager for Michelin´s Sandy Springs and Starr facilities. As a reward for their outstanding achievement, the company planned a celebration lunch for its 900-plus employees, but the workers had another idea.
"The employees insisted that we forego the free meals and instead, donate the money to the American Red Cross to assist those impacted by the devastation of the recent hurricanes," Rigsby said.
"This generous contribution by the Michelin employee family demonstrates not only what great citizens they are, but also the concern they have for their fellow man," said Anderson, S.C., Mayor Richard Shirley, who also serves as chairman of the Anderson chapter of the Red Cross. "Michelin continues to be a shining example of what corporate America is all about, and it is reflected in their people and their practices. The American Red Cross is honored to have their support."