Bobcat Donates Equipment to Aid in Northwood, N.D., Tornado Cleanup

Tue October 23, 2007 - Midwest Edition

Bobcat Company, along with its Bobcat of Grand Forks dealer, donated at least 10 machines to aid cleanup efforts in Northwood, N.D., which was devastated by a tornado Aug. 26.

One person was killed and at least 18 people were injured when the tornado ripped through the Grand Forks County community of approximately 950 people. The tornado destroyed a small trailer court, uprooted trees and damaged homes and businesses, including a nursing home and grain elevator.

To assist Northwood city officials with cleanup efforts, Bobcat delivered four compact track loaders Aug. 27 for immediate use. In addition, six more Bobcat compact track loaders were shipped out the morning of Aug. 29 from the company’s Gwinner manufacturing facility and arrived in Northwood later that day.

Grapple attachments, which were provided by local Bobcat dealers and the company’s Litchfield, Minn., manufacturing plant, assisted in the removal of tree limbs, housing materials and other debris.

Bobcat Company employees are working with Bobcat of Grand Forks to help prep and stage the equipment for city officials. As cleanup continues, they will meet with Northwood city officials to determine further equipment needs.

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