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Cowin Equipment Reaches Out to Tornado Survivors

Fri May 13, 2011 - Southeast Edition
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Cowin Equipment employees cook free lunches and distribute bottled water for tornado victims in Cullman, Ala.
Cowin Equipment employees cook free lunches and distribute bottled water for tornado victims in Cullman, Ala.
Cowin Equipment employees cook free lunches and distribute bottled water for tornado victims in Cullman, Ala. Employees unload Cowin trucks packed with company-owned grills and food and supplies donated by employees and other concerned citizens set up in Cullman, Ala. The free lunch program Cowin offers is now also set up in Holt, a suburb of the hard-hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., area. Cowin employees get the grills going to feed survivors in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The relief center set up in Holt offers tornado victims clothing, supplies, a message board and a friendly smile and a free lunch courtesy of Cowin Equipment. Jamie Cowin, president and CEO of Cowin Equipment Company said that, “Credit for this idea and for daily implementation really goes to the whole Cowin workforce who all wanted to help in some meaningful way.”

Cowin Equipment Co. Inc. is reaching out to neighbors in storm-affected areas by launching a free lunch program. Cowin employees are daily grilling and serving food to hundreds of victims of the tragic tornadoes in Cullman and Tuscaloosa, Ala., and soon the program also will support Pleasant Grove and other heavily damaged communities.

To date, Cowin Equipment, which sells, rents and services heavy equipment in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, sent trucks loaded with large, company-owned grills to Cullman and Tuscaloosa. Company employees, friends and other volunteers cook and serve free hot dogs and hamburgers and offer complimentary bottled water to those in need.

Cowin Equipment will continue to offer all food and water free of charge with support from its equipment suppliers and other generous and concerned citizens.

Cowin Equipment also has supported storm victims in other ways including:

• A significant cash contribution to the American Red Cross.

• A number of machines that have been loaned to charitable organizations and local government agencies.

• Stocking all Cowin trucks in storm affected areas with bottled water and instructing its drivers to distribute water for free to anyone in need.

“We’re proud to support our community during this tragic crisis,” said Jamie Cowin, president and CEO of Cowin Equipment Company. “It will be a while before communities are rebuilt, so in the meantime, we feel fortunate that we can contribute to the massive cleanup effort and most importantly, feed some people in need. Credit for this idea and for daily implementation really goes to the whole Cowin workforce who all wanted to help in some meaningful way. Our thoughts are with all the families whom have lost their homes, businesses or loved ones.”

For specific locations of the grills each day, please contact Cowin Equipment Co.’s main office at 205-841-6666. CEG