NMMA members help with hurricane recovery

CHICAGO – The National Marine Manufacturers Association has received “an overwhelming number of responses” from its members companies after issuing a call for donations to help the Gulf States harmed by Hurricane Katrina, NMMA said in the latest issue of its weekly newsletter, Currents.

Nearly 100 companies came forward to offer goods and services, NMMA reported, then listed a few examples of the contributions that were made to the effort. They included:

  • Zodiac donating 20 inflatable boats and sending 20 search and rescue officers from the Bear Search and Rescue Foundation and five instructors from the Zodiac training academies to New Orleans to aid in the search effort. The boats were used by military officials to scout areas of the city for survivors. Twenty engines were provided by BRP and Yamaha.
  • Godfrey Marine sent 12 Polar Kraft boats to the Parrish Sheriff Departments for use in the rescue efforts. Honda donated the motors on these boats.
  • American Marine Holdings Government Services sent a Metal Shark 25′ Commercial Duty Aluminum Patrol Boat to The Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Division of Law Enforcement.
  • Sundance Boats, Inc. donated a Sundance SV171 Bay with Johnson J90PL, a Sundance 17VR Bay with a Johnson 70PL 4 Stroke, a Sundance B20CC with Johnson J115GL, and a Sundance K16CC with Johnson J40PL.
  • Skeeter Boats donated two boats to its local fire department which took them to New Orleans to be used as search and rescue boats.
  • Mercury, Genmar, Brunswick, Sea Pro, and Triton have provided boats, supplies and manpower to the effort.
  • “These are only a few of the companies that have donated time, money and labor to the relief efforts,” NMMA wrote. “NMMA is very proud and will continue to work with local, state and federal officials to help them with their needs.”

    In a separate press release, Yamaha Motor Corporation USA said it has joined with its Japanese parent company, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd to supply the Gulf Coast region with boats, outboard motors, generators, water pumps, personal watercraft, cash, and financial relief for customers and dealers.

    The company said it reached out to corporate employees and 26 Yamaha dealerships in the affected area to determine both that they were safe and to ask the best way to help.

    In addition to moving utility products to the region, Yamaha said it will match cash contributions by employees of Yamaha and its subsidiary manufacturing companies to the American Red Cross on a dollar for dollar basis.

    The company said it is also developing a grant program for Yamaha dealers that have lost their homes. These grants will be made available to Yamaha dealers for the costs of temporary shelter, food, clothing and the replacement of other personal items.

    “Yamaha Motor Corporation is deeply saddened by this event, and hopes that, with the efforts of so many, the people affected by this hurricane will recover as quickly as possible,” the company wrote.

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