BLOOMSBURG, Penn. – The Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $50,000 to Central Susquehanna Community Foundation to assist with rebuilding in Bloomsburg, Penn., in the wake of recent flooding.
“Our hearts go out to our Bloomsburg neighbors in the wake of devastating floods," said David Schoch, CFO, The Americas, Ford Motor Company. “We are here in Bloomsburg today to thank the dedicated employees at Rieter Automotive Systems who – despite their personal and community challenges – quickly resumed production during a period of extraordinary circumstances.”
Schoch today walked the assembly line to thank Rieter employees. The plant is located near the Susquehanna River, which rose to record levels following Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene.
The plant had limited time to prepare for the storm, which flooded the building and machinery with dirty floodwater and silt. Within several days of reentering the facility, workers cleaned the machinery and began to relaunch production and shipping to Ford Motor Company assembly plants.
For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 27,000 Ford employees and retirees work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 40 countries.