Trump then mentioned Apple's plans to invest $350 billion in America (by the end of 2023). Its major Tawainese supplier Foxconn is also opening a $10-billion plant in Wisconsin, which offered an enticing package of subsidies and incentives.
Aerospace giant Boeing employs 4,000 Texans directly and nearly 40,000 indirectly, and it quickly donated $1 million to the Red Cross. The company will also match qualifying employee donations to the Red Cross.
"Our thoughts are with all our neighbors and teammates throughout Texas who are dealing with the unprecedented impact from Hurricane Harvey," said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. "The American Red Cross is the most effective organization to put this contribution to work as it quickly brings recovery and relief efforts to those residents hardest hit by this devastating storm."
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America's largest manufacturer and its subsidiaries have more than 20 location in Texas. Along with providing rugged heavy trucks to bully through the raging floodwaters, such as the Cat 745C Articulated Truck, the heavy machinery manufacturer has given $300,000 to the Red Cross and shipped several generators to the affected region to help in first response and the subsequent clean up.
Billionaire founder Michael Dell and his wife Susan's foundation has pledged $36 million, $18 million immediately, to assist his hometown Houston and the surrounding region.
Dell has also given $500,000 to the American Red Cross and Team Rubicon, a disaster response team comprising U.S. veterans. Donate to Team Rubicon HERE.
Ford has committed at least $3.5 million in relief, including $500,000 to American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Team Rubicon, Toolbank and the purchase of four Chariot Transit Vans. The Dearborn-based carmaker will match up to $1.5 million in donations to local relief charities.
Harvey stole an estimated one million cars, and Ford is offering Texans employee-level discounts to purchase a new Ford, with no payments due until next year. First responders get a $1,000 discount on any Ford or Lincoln.
The GE Foundation has donated $1 million, including $500,000 to the Red Cross and $250,000 to the United Way of Greater Houston. GE, which in 1954 created the corporate matching gift program, will also match employee contributions. With 104,000 employee in America alone, that could equate to a whole lot of assistance.
Hubbell Power Systems
Hubbell Power Systems
Hubbell Power Systems, which makes products for transmission, distribution, substation, OEM and telecommunications, has sent hundreds of thousands of pounds of equipment to repair Texas' ravaged utilities. Its "Storm Soldiers" have also been deployed with emergency response kits to provide direct aid. This includes 500 storm packs for the linemen restoring power.
Portland-based footwear company KEEN has raised $100,000 by matching donations on KEEN.com. Approximately 2,500 pairs of shoes, known for durability, comfort,and most importantly in flooded areas, being waterproof, will be shipped to Texas Search & Rescue this week.
They will be given to volunteer first responders and affect families in & around the Houston area.
"Our hearts go out to the citizens of Texas," says Casey Sheahan. "At KEEN, we like to take action when disaster strikes anywhere in the world. Thank you for supporting All Hands Volunteers as they mobilize to help these fine folks recover from this disaster."
Since its 2003 inception, KEEN has spent as much effort on leaving a positive footprint on the world. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the company diverted its $1 million advertising budget to disaster relief.
Houston-based Mattress Firm said it will provide $1 million worth of products, such as pillows, blankets and mattresses. The company, which has more than 3,500 stores nationwide, will also donate a percentage of purchases made through Sept. 5 to send up to an additional $1 million in products to Texas.
Microsoft has pledged to contribute $2.5 million in cash, technology and services, and "every dollar contributed by our employees to relief organizations working in the area will be matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft," writes Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies.
Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker, which has 200 employees in the Houston area, committed up to $125,000 for immediate disaster relief, with $50,000 for the Red Cross and $25,000 for the Houston ToolBank. The toolmaker will also double employee contributions.
Stanley Black & Decker
New DeWalt, Stanley and Black & Decker tools and storage systems will also be sent to the Houston ToolBank.
TI will donate $100,000 donation to the Red Cross and match the donations of employees and retirees up to $100,000. Its calculators have also been instrumental in teaching the math skills that will be used to rebuild the area.
Toyota's new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas is about a four-hour drive from Houston. The Japanese car company has donated $3 million to organizations such as the Red Cross and St. Bernard Project, which provides "disaster resilience training."
"As fellow Texans, our hearts go out to those who have lost so much and we would like to extend a helping hand to help with the recovery," said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. "At Toyota, we have a comprehensive approach to disaster relief, working with numerous organizations to provide help where it's needed."