ATLANTA (Oct. 26, 2010) – Habitat for Humanity International today announced Sandvik Mining and Construction has pledged more than $500,000 in funding and heavy equipment gifts in kind to support Habitat’s affordable housing work in the United States and earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti.
“Our involvement with Habitat for Humanity is an important component of our community outreach and support efforts,” said Peter Larsen, vice president of Marketing for Sandvik Mining and Construction, Region USA and Canada. “Communities support our commercial needs in many ways. Habitat affords us opportunities to provide long lasting legacy to people in need on both a local and global scale. We are confident in their programs and capabilities and we foresee continued future cooperation to the benefit of those that can make the most of our contributions.”
Sandvik sent commercial concrete crushing equipment to Haiti for use in recycling tons of concrete rubble left in the aftermath of the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12. The recycled concrete will be used as filler and to make new materials used in the reconstruction process. Habitat for Humanity has committed to serving 50,000 families―250,000 individuals—impacted by the earthquake by providing immediate, transitional and long-term shelter solutions over the next five years.
Through its U.S. and Canada region, Sandvik has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for three years, providing funding and volunteer labor for Habitat builds in the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Uniontown, Penn. “It is important to us to continue these efforts in our local communities where we have customers, employees and neighbors who need our help,” said Doug Barber, vice president of Human Resources for Sandvik Mining and Construction, Region USA and Canada.
“The equipment Sandvik has generously provided in Haiti is vitally important in Habitat’s efforts to repair houses and build transitional shelters and core houses that families can expand over time,” said Mark Crozet, senior vice president of Resource Development for Habitat for Humanity International. “We are grateful Sandvik is extending their support to all of these efforts.”
About Sandvik Mining and Construction
Sandvik Mining and Construction is a leading global supplier of machinery, equipment and tools for the mining and construction industries. The range of Sandvik Mining and Construction products include rock tools, drilling, excavation, crushing and screening machinery and bulk materials handling systems. Backed by extensive research, on-site service and training, and dealer support, Sandvik Mining and Construction stands by its conviction that there can be no substitute for quality products and service.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .