DuPont, Customers Help Rebuild Town

DuPont and four time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon recently announced that DuPont will partner with customers and make an initial donation of more than 30 innovative products and services worth nearly $750,000 to help rebuild homes and businesses in tornado-ravaged Greensburg, KS.

The town was leveled by one of the largest tornadoes in U.S. history in 2007. Very few structures remained in the aftermath of the deadly EF5 tornado and more than 1,500 people, who were displaced, are waiting to return to their homes. Greensburg residents are rebuilding their town using sustainable materials.

“DuPont employees and customers have come together to help the families in Greensburg. We cannot possibly imagine what this community has suffered but we can help. We care about protecting lives, we care about building homes, and we care about safeguarding communities,” said Tom Schuler, vice president and general manager, DuPont Building Innovations. “We are pleased to support the people of Greensburg with sustainable products that will help make a difference in the renewal of the town.”

The materials, which include key end use products from DuPont customers, will provide a number of benefits to homeowners in Greensburg for safety and energy efficiency, using sustainable materials for both inside and outside their homes.

“DuPont’s involvement in Greensburg marks a great partnership for the city. I look forward to continued support from them as we rebuild our sustainable city,” said Steve Hewitt, Greensburg city administrator.

“DuPont’s leadership in creating quality products and their generous contributions are making it possible for the Habitat organization to offer affordable home ownership as a hands-up solution in the Greensburg community. We are tremendously grateful to DuPont and their business partners for their leadership and support,” said Linda Stewart, executive director, Wichita Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

Key DuPont customer donations include carpet from Mohawk and air conditioning systems from Johnson Controls.

Inspired by Greensburg residents’ desire to rebuild “green,” Planet Green television network is chronicling the rebuilding of Greensburg. The epic docu-series is a mixture of human stories and building and engineering. “Greensburg” will air on Planet Green every Sunday for 12 weeks. The series will document the story of a community coming together and the enormous scope of rebuilding a small city.