/images/TDUpdate2.gif/images/southwire_100x70.jpgSouthwire Helps Restore Power and Home for Millions on Gulf Coast - 20082008RestorePwrToGulfCoasy.htmAfter two major hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast within weeks of each other in September, Southwire employees worked around the clock to supply utilities and distributors with the wire and cable needed to restore power to millions of businesses and homes.
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Southwire Helps Restore Power and Home for Millions on Gulf Coast - 2008

After Gustav and Ike, Southwire manufacturing went into high gear to provide vitally needed wire and cable.

After two major hurricanes struck the Gulf Coast within weeks of each other in September, Southwire employees worked around the clock to supply utilities and distributors with the wire and cable needed to restore power to millions of businesses and homes.

Hurricanes Gustav and Ike were the fifth and third most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the United States, and they left billions of dollars worth of damages in their wake. To help repair the damage and get the lights back on, Southwire manufacturing has been working overtime to process orders for millions of pounds of wire and cable

Storm orders took priority

"We prioritized storm-related orders as they came in, and we immediately started ordering materials and components, to get those orders out in the most timely fashion," says Mike Schmittou, operations manager at Southwire’s Carrollton Utility Products Plant. "We adjusted our machines and adjusted our operations in the plant to give storm orders first priority."

"The response was overwhelmingly positive," Mark Warren, Materials Manager at the Carrollton plant adds. "We had people from all departments willing to come in and run equipment."

Ken Eason, a machine operator at the Carrollton plant, is one of several volunteers who worked 12-hour shifts on Labor Day weekend. "I look at it from their point of view," he says. "If I was down there and my family didn’t have any power, I’d be glad somebody was working to make sure they got the product out so that I could get power."

"Getting material in and getting shipments out has consumed our days, nights and weekends," says Tim Wilson of Utility Sales." And once we make the product, we depend on our logistics team to get it to where it needs to be."

"We work hard to supply our customers with material," Schmittou says. "Their success depends on our success. And in times of need such as this, the wire and cable that we make in this plant supplies power to homes, to hospitals, to fire departments, to emergency rooms, to facilities that will save the lives of people. It’s pretty amazing to think that the products we make can make that big a difference in people’s lives."

Southwire and partners sent direct help, too

In further efforts to help the hurricane victims directly, Southwire’s Project GIFT, together with other Carroll County, Georgia organizations staged a disaster relief drive focused on helping help residents of Bacliff, Texas, a small town about 20 miles north of Galveston. The drive filled two tractor-trailers. Southwire is working in partnership with the Houston-based utility, CenterPoint Energy to distribute the supplies.

"This is what Southwire and Project GIFT are all about - giving back to our customers and giving back to the community," says Southwire Human Resources Manager Jason Pollard. "It’s all about fostering relationships with each other and coming together to help people across the country."

Watch the Southwire Project Gift helping out in Bacliff video>>