After the devastating earthquake in Haiti and the recovery efforts that followed, machinery maker Claas answered the call to help with the rebuilding process.
The company donated more than $525,000 worth of equipment and covered the cost of shipping them from its production facility in Le Mans, France, straight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The donation included three new Claas Atles 949 tractors equipped with four-wheel drive; one tractor with a pallet fork; one tractor with a dozer and grading blade; one additional tractor and associated spare parts.
The equipment arrived in late April and will help to move rubble, concrete and other debris from the earthquakes. It will also be used to pull trailers and transport pallets and crates during the rebuilding effort. In May, a Claas technician was onsite in Haiti for one week to provide technical training.
After it’s used for reconstruction projects, the machinery will head to the fields and be used in ag operations.
The donation was sparked by a call from the German Farmers Association to manufacturers of agricultural machinery and those in the food processing industry for assistance to Haiti. Claas press officer Jorg Huthmann represented all donors from the ag equipment and food processing industries on German TV with the live announcement of the donation on a nationally broadcast telethon to help the recovery efforts in Haiti in January.