DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 19, 2013 " Oklahoma City Winnelson and TOTO USA are partnering to make high performance bathroom fixtures available for more than 2,000 families to help rebuild their homes in the Moore, Shawnee and El Reno, Okla., areas that were affected by devastating tornados last May.
TOTO has provided the fixtures for the humanitarian project and shipped them Nov. 12 about 900 miles from its Fairburn, Ga., facilities directly to Oklahoma City Winnelson with RoadOne IntermodaLogistics providing logistics support. Oklahoma City Winnelson is providing long-term storage for the three containers that house the products as well as assistance distributing them.
The Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project is working with families in the local communities to meet their recovery needs and is coordinating the TOTO product distribution.
"Our hearts go out to the victims of May'sdevastating tornados," said Bill Strang, president of Operations for the Americas, TOTO USA. "We wanted to aid our friends and neighbors in Oklahoma with their long-term recovery process, so we sent three 40-foot container trucks laden with our beautiful designs that offer superior performance-toilets, faucets, showers, and accessories-to help families in these communities rebuild their homes."
Oklahoma City Winnelson is a TOTO distributor and part of WinWholesale and the Win Group of Companies. "WinWholesale and Oklahoma City Winnelson are very pleased to partner with TOTO in providing in-kind bathroom fixture donations to the victims of the horrific tornado that struck central Oklahoma last May," said Jack Johnston, president, WinWholesale. "Oklahoma City Winnelson has been part of the community for more than 30 years. Company President Bill Cudd and his team are grateful for the opportunity to help their neighbors rebuild their lives."
Other organizations assisting the TOTO and Oklahoma City Winnelson effort include the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Oklahoma United Methodist Church, United Way of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
"We're grateful to our partners on this philanthropic project," said Jason Fitzsimmons, vice president of Sales, US Sales Division, TOTO USA. "WinWholesale and Oklahoma City Winnelson are providing much needed long-term storage for the three containers that house our products. RoadOne IntermodaLogistics is providing the logistics support for the 900-mile journey from our facilities in Fairburn, Ga, to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project is working with families in the local communities to help them get back on their feet by minimizing gaps in the relief and recovery system."
About WinWholesale Inc.
WinWholesale Inc. (www.winwholesale.com) is a leading supplier of residential and commercial construction and industrial supplies and materials headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. The privately-held company has more than 550 wholesaling locations in 45 states and offers entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to own part of the local business. Collectively, WinWholesale is known as "The Win Group of Companies." In the group are companies conducting business-to-business wholesale distribution of plumbing and heating supplies; hydronics; industrial pipe, valves and fittings; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment; electrical equipment; industrial and commercial fastening hardware; waterworks and utility supplies; domestic, commercial and industrial pumps, and turf irrigation and landscape supplies. Follow WinWholesale on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
TOTO USA is headquarters for the Americas Division of the TOTO Global Group, which was established in 1917 with the founding of TOTO, Ltd., in Kitakyushu, Japan. TOTO is the world's largest manufacturer of bathroom fixtures and fittings with $5.1 billion dollars in annual sales. For nearly 100 years, TOTO has been the recognized leader in performance innovation and design with products that enhance the luxury bathroom experience. Today, the company maintains 23,500 employees in 69 offices around the world and owns manufacturing facilities in Japan, Mexico, the USA, China and Europe with an affiliated network of more than 80 production facilities worldwide. With over 1,500 engineers on staff and three centers devoted to research and development, TOTO is dedicated to engineering products that respect the environment while meeting people'sneeds for comfort, beauty and performance. TOTO's corporate philosophy " People-First Innovation " is the guiding principle for all the company's processes, from engineering and design to manufacturing and sales. Consumers enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing they purchased a brand that innovates to improve people's quality of life. Winner of numerous domestic and international awards and recognitions, TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer honored as Water Efficiency Leader by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company continues to raise industry standards and consumer expectations as to what is possible in the bathroom, as TOTO believes a high-quality bathroom is an experience and an everyday luxury people value and appreciate.
For more information, consumers may visit www.totousa.com or call 1.888.295.8134, Option 5. Follow TOTO on Twitter (@TOTOUSA) and become a TOTO fan on Facebook.
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