Michelin and Cooper support Haitian relief efforts

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Michelin North America Inc. and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. have joined other tire companies in supporting the relief efforts in Haiti following the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake that caused catastrophic damage and more than 150,000 deaths.

Michelin not only has pledged a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help Haiti, but also will match employee contributions up to $100,000.

"We have all been moved by the devastation that has taken place in Haiti and the grief they have suffered over the past two weeks," says the company.

Cooper is pledging up to $25,000 in donations. The company will match up to $25,000 in employee donations through a special Haiti disaster-relief matching gift program.

"Cooper Tire and its employees have a long tradition of assisting communities and people in need," says Roy Armes, chairman, CEO and president. "We are saddened by this tragedy, one of the worst natural disasters of our lifetime, and genuinely concerned for the health and safety of the people of Haiti.

"In an effort to provide much needed assistance, the company, on behalf of its employees around the world, will join in the united effort to save lives and rebuild this demolished country."

Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Tire Group International Inc. also have donated funds to the cause.

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