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More than 200 Square D/Schneider Electric business leaders kick off renewed partnership by helping build Gulf Coast homes for hurricane-affected families in need
AMERICUS, Ga., and PALATINE, Ill. (Jan. 30, 2007) – Square D/Schneider Electric and Habitat for Humanity are providing electrical systems for thousands of low-income families across the country thanks to a new $7 million, four-and-a-half-year partnership.
The funding will provide 22,500 Habitat homes across North America with a Square D brand load center, circuit breakers and other related electrical equipment. Square D is the flagship brand of Schneider Electric in the United States for electrical distribution and industrial control products and systems.
“We are grateful to Square D and Schneider Electric for their work in helping Habitat for Humanity on a national scale,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “The generous donation of time, money and equipment from the company and its employees allow us to improve and enrich lives with simple, decent and affordable housing.”
To help kick off the new partnership, more than 200 Square D/Schneider Electric business leaders will volunteer their time in Gautier, Miss., on Jan. 30, 2007, working alongside residents on one of Habitat’s largest corporate build sites in the Gulf Coast. Building three homes, a playground and a neighborhood pavilion, continues the Square D/Schneider Electric commitment to rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged area and assisting Habitat in its efforts to help low-income and hurricane-displaced families achieve homeownership.
“The Gulf Coast region continues to feel the devastating effects of the 2005 hurricane season. Ongoing dedication to assisting and rebuilding this region is vital to restore it to the thriving community it once was,” said Dave Petratis, president and CEO of the Schneider Electric North American Operating Division. “Square D and Schneider Electric are committed to acting after disaster strikes. Our long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity helps us make a positive difference long after the storms have passed.”
As a national partner and a Cornerstone Society member of Habitat’s “More Than Houses” campaign, Square D/Schneider Electric has already contributed approximately $6 million in residential electrical equipment for use in homes built in the United States, Canada and Mexico since 2001. In addition, the company donated labor, supplies and more than $1 million to eight separate initiatives in the Gulf Coast region last year, helping to rebuild cherished community locations such as athletic facilities, museums and a medical clinic damaged by Hurricane Katrina.