Viracon dispatched four semi trucks over the Labor Day weekend to deliver relief
supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims. Trucks left on Friday, September 2 carrying
water, diapers and baby formula. Trucks stopped first at Fox [channel] Nine in
Eden Prairie, Minn., before beginning the two-day trip to Baton Rouge, La. Viracon
has been working with Fox News, WFTC and UPN 9 are orchestrating the effort.
"We had employees asking how they could help out. We spoke with Fox 9 news
yesterday [September 1] which was asking for fleet truck assistance. We met internally
at 9 a.m. [and] by 10 a.m. plans were well underway," said Jim Wendorff,
Viracon's vice president of human resources. He added that the first truck left
for Eden Prairie late Friday morning to be loaded and the second left Viracon
at 3:30 p.m.
"As the nation knows, flood victims are desperate for help and supplies.
Both personally and as a company, we wanted to assist," added Jim Huber,
distribution manager. "It's important for New Orleans to know that we're
aware of their needs and are trying to help.