Esmark Coordinating Michael Relief Efforts at Home

By Metal Center News Staff

Esmark, Inc. is coordinating relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Michael, a category 4 hurricane that ripped through the Florida panhandle this week. Esmark is calling all Pittsburghers to action, requesting donations to be made and dropped off at the Esmark global headquarters in Sewickley on Saturday.

The company is making an in-kind donation of a 20-ton truck, a driver, fuel and delivery of all donations received. The truck, which will be filled by the Quaker Valley High School hockey team and other Sewickley area scholar athlete volunteers, will depart on Saturday afternoon for Panama City, Fla.

Requested donations include bottled water, non-perishable goods, solar phone chargers, sleeping bags, generators, batteries, blankets, baby wipes and toothbrushes.

“It is imperative that we all do our part to help our fellow Americans in need. A case of bottled water costs less than $5, but if thousands of Pittsburghers rise to the occasion, together we can make a significant impact,” said James P. Bouchard, chairman of Esmark, Inc. “There is a major labor shortage in the trucking industry today, and we want to ensure that we’re doing our part and using our company-owned trucks and our company drivers to get as many supplies as possible to those who need them as quickly as we can.”

In addition, the company is donating 3,000 bottles of water and is organizing a similar effort from its office in Chicago Heights, Ill.