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|Briggs & Stratton Corporation Announces Donation to American Red Cross to Aid in Disaster Relief|
MILWAUKEE, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Briggs & Stratton (NYSE: BGG) announced today that it has donated 75 portable Briggs & Stratton 5000 watt generators to the American Red Cross to aid with disaster relief efforts from the deadly April tornadoes. The generators were immediately put to use as electrical services are slow to be restored.
The Company has a long-standing history of corporate responsibility and helping those in need in our communities. "Partnering with the American Red Cross enabled us to get our products immediately in the hands of those most severely affected by the recent tornadoes," said Todd Teske, Briggs & Stratton Corporation President, Chairman and CEO. "Providing power to the region will be essential to their recovery efforts."
Betty Palmer, RN - Health Services manager, American Red Cross Alabama Tornadoes Relief Operation said, "The heartfelt donation of generators allowed the Red Cross to provide resources to clients with at-home medical needs. For instance, the first generator was given to a person who required at-home oxygen care. This generator enabled them to continue their recovery from the devastating tornadoes, despite the fact that their power remains out.
About Briggs & Stratton Corporation:
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 home 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 nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
SOURCE Briggs & Stratton Corporation