Wabtec Donates $30,000 to Support Texas Storm Relief Efforts
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 26, 2021 — The Wabtec Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB), today announced a donation of $30,000 to support local relief efforts in Texas following last week’s winter storm and destructive power outages. The donation will be split among three nonprofits: Salvation Army of North Texas, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition.
“As an active member of North Texas, we are committed to supporting the communities where our employees live and work,” said Nicole Theophilus, Chief Human Resource Officer for Wabtec. “Last week’s extreme winter weather left our employees and our communities hurting and without the basic services we depend on every day. As hundreds of thousands of Texans continue to deal with the lingering impacts of the storm, far too many will need shelter and food to thrive. Through this donation, we hope they find comfort and relief.”
Wabtec has more than 1,200 employees across multiple sites in Texas, including its one-million-sq-ft locomotive plant in Fort Worth.
“We are grateful to Wabtec for their continued support,” said Julie Butner, President and CEO of Tarrant Area Food Bank. “Last week’s storm compounded the challenges many people were already facing with the pandemic. This donation will provide much needed support for our relief efforts.”
The Salvation Army of North Texas provided food, shelter and warm clothing during the storm. “Thank you to Wabtec and its employees for recognizing the importance of our most vulnerable neighbors having food, shelter and warm clothing during the record-low winter temperatures,” said Christina Cavalier, Senior Director of Community Relations for The Salvation Army of North Texas. “The generous donation will help our organization to continue to meet our mission of helping those in need – whenever and wherever the need exists.”
“The severe weather was particularly challenging for our shelters and outreach teams who were caring for people experiencing homelessness while also navigating the same power and water challenges as many other community members,” said Lauren King, Executive Director of Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. “We are grateful for the support of Wabtec as we look to continue mobilizing the community and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our community, especially in these times of crisis.”
Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. The freight portfolio features a comprehensive line of locomotives, software applications and a broad selection of mission-critical controls systems, including Positive Train Control (PTC). The transit portfolio provides highly engineered systems and services to virtually every major rail transit system around the world, supplying an integrated series of components for buses and all train-related market segments that deliver safety, efficiency and passenger comfort. Along with its industry-leading portfolio of products and solutions for the rail and transit industries, Wabtec is a leader in mining, marine and industrial solutions. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at: www.WabtecCorp.com.
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