STIHL Reaches Out
STIHL provides tools and training for disaster-stricken areas
(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) – STIHL Inc. is proud to announce it is now the exclusive handheld outdoor power equipment sponsor of Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), a network of professionals with first-responder skill sets. The volunteers provide their expertise, in the United States and abroad, when natural disasters strike and augment local resources with the goal of accelerating relief efforts. STIHL, recognized as the “Official Chain Saw” during missions including relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, also provides equipment training in preparation for the local and international missions as part of the relationship.
Originally founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Walker, ROWW activates its deployments within hours and has a passion to aid the victims of disasters. The organization and its volunteers travel to affected areas and utilize skills including project management, logistics, heavy equipment operation, EMT paramedic training, firefighting, nursing and other first responder disciplines. STIHL provides the necessary outdoor power equipment tools to help the volunteers in their relief efforts and recovery processes, including chain saws, augers and cut-off machines.
“We consistently respond to areas where the storm has left roads blocked. Responders, like us, cannot gain access to those in need without first clearing a path,” said J.D. Dorfman, operations manager at ROWW and trained firefighter. “We need the highest quality products that will get the job done every time, and STIHL is our brand of choice.”
“We at STIHL feel privileged to support Reach Out Worldwide in their efforts to help others through tough times,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. “Our team will be providing ROWW volunteers with not only the equipment they need to aid their efforts but also the training for them to use it properly and safely.”
ROWW also utilizes STIHL products for localized outreach programs that benefit distressed communities, such as in Pasadena, Ca., where ROWW is currently renovating properties and creating sustainable community gardens for residents.
For more information on Reach Out Worldwide, visit www.roww.org and for more information on STIHL, visit www.stihlusa.com.
About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, exports to over 90 countries around the world; and the majority of STIHL products sold in America are also built in America.* STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445), visit stihlusa.com or text your zip code to 78445.
*A majority of STIHL products are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2011 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.