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CTNA opens plant to evacuees

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Continental Tire North America Inc. (CTNA) is making its Asheville, N.C., plant available to house Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

CTNA, along with parent company Continental AG and another one of Continental AG's divisions, is giving $100,000 in total "to support evacuees being relocated to the Charlotte (N.C.) Coliseum, not far from Continental Tire offices in Charlotte, or to the Asheville area," say CTNA officials.

"In Asheville, activities are underway to prepare the plant, idle since June, to serve as a temporary shelter. Continental employees are working with the Asheville Mountain Area Chapter of the American Red Cross to aid in this effort. The building is expected to house approximately 200 evacuees. The Red Cross will manage operations at the site."

Preparations include the addition of bathrooms, showers, bedding and nursery stations. CTNA also is installing computers and Internet connections for evacuees, who will be able to stay for up to six months.

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