JCB Donates Equipment to Assist With Hurricane Matthew Cleanup

📅   Wed November 23, 2016 - Southeast Edition


JCB North America has made equipment available including a 3CX backhoe loader and a 437 wheel loader, together valued at over $300,000 to assist with local clean-up efforts in the Savannah, Ga., area.
JCB North America has made equipment available including a 3CX backhoe loader and a 437 wheel loader, together valued at over $300,000 to assist with local clean-up efforts in the Savannah, Ga., area.

JCB North America has made equipment available including a 3CX backhoe loader and a 437 wheel loader, together valued at over $300,000 to assist with local clean-up efforts in the Savannah, Ga., area, which sustained significant damage from Hurricane Matthew in early October. Preliminary estimates say that the hurricane caused nearly $100 million worth of property damage in the state of Georgia alone.

According to JCB North America President and CEO Arjun Mirdha, JCB's latest equipment provision reflects the company's ongoing support of disaster relief efforts worldwide.

“As a global organization, JCB has assisted with relief efforts in a number of countries over the years,” Mirdha said. “The residents of Savannah include our employees, our friends and our neighbors here in the United States. After seeing and experiencing the devastation left behind by Hurricane Matthew firsthand, we knew that we wanted to help Savannah and the surrounding area recover as quickly as possible.”

Following a major storm like Hurricane Matthew, heavy equipment is necessary to clear tree and building debris from roads and driveways. Bryan County, Ga., just south of the Savannah metro area, received a JCB 3CX backhoe with a thumb attachment that grips against the machine's bucket to help it pick up and move objects more efficiently. The JCB 437 wheel loader went to the city of Pooler, Ga., where it has been used to haul large quantities of brush and other debris to dump sites.