Cummins Power Generation and its distributors and dealers in the Northeast have united to contribute coordinated relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In addition to permanently installed standby power systems at many hospitals, office buildings and homes, more than 415 rental generators have been deployed to provide temporary emergency power.
"Our products are contributing in two ways, both in supporting the immediate, primary needs of people affected by the storm and in longer-term rebuilding efforts," said Saravanan Selvan, strategy and marketing manager of the Global Rental Segment for Cummins Power Generation. "For immediate needs we are providing power to pump water out of flooded areas, as well as temporary power for lighting, heating and charging cell phones, which have now become the primary method for people to stay in touch. Beyond those immediate needs, our units will continue to provide power for rebuilding efforts until the necessary infrastructure is back in place."
Eleven of the 16 Cummins Power Generation distributors in North America have mobilized rental fleets to help with the relief effort. To date, the rental units delivered account for 215 megawatts of power. In addition to numerous retailers, banks and healthcare facilities, end users of these generators include FEMA, the New York Port Authority, Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Sunny Delight Beverages Co.
In addition to rental generators, Cummins Power Generation manufactures permanently installed standby power systems for homes and businesses. “As communities have begun the post-Sandy rebuilding process, demand for these types of units has already increased,” said Vivek Malapati, residential and commercial property segment leader. “It’s crucial that we do all we can to help rebuild people’s lives and livelihoods, so we are adding manufacturing capacity this year and next to help meet their needs.”
"As members of the power generation industry, our employees feel a particular responsibility to do whatever they can to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery, so this has been a great team effort,” said Scott Strudwick, business director, Global Rental Segment for Cummins Power Generation. “Our Fridley plant and logistics teams have done an outstanding job in expediting inventory shipments to the East Coast. In addition, our rental teams have been working around the clock over the past two weeks in support of our distributors, customers and all those affected by this disaster."