In the wake of the destruction left by Hurricane Matthew, Sukup Manufacturing and GoServ Global is ready to send 24 additional Safe T Homes® to Haiti.
Early reports from GoServ Global indicate that while only 10 percent of the traditional homes in the area were left standing after the hurricane, all 200 of the Sukup Manufacturing Co. Safe T Homes® currently in Haiti withstood the storm with just minimal damage. The people in villages with Safe T Homes® were able to use them as shelter to ride out the hurricane.
GoServ Global, a non-profit organization out of Eagle Grove, Iowa, that works directly in Haiti, states that at their John 3:16 Village, people from the community “crammed as many people as possible into the Safe T Homes® (up to 60 in one Safe T Home®).”
The round shape of the Safe T Home® allows it to withstand high winds. Windows come with 16-gauge galvanized perforated steel screens and have lockable covers for security. Hurricane Matthew put the strength of the Safe T Home® to the test with winds reaching up to 145 mph being categorized as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history.
“The whole idea behind the Safe T Home® was to take the same engineering principles we used to help farmers protect their crop from the harsh weather conditions of the Midwest, and apply them to provide safe and secure shelters for people in underdeveloped parts of the world,” Charles Sukup, president of Sukup Manufacturing Co. commented about the Safe T Home®, “We are very proud of the design of the Safe T Home® and how it held up in the worst hurricane to hit Haiti in over 50 years.”
After the devastating earthquake in 2010, GoServ Global teamed up with Sukup Manufacturing Co. to help provide people with a sturdy and secure structure to call home. “It was a simple decision when our safety director, Brett Nelson, asked me whether he could pursue bin homes for relief efforts,” said Steve Sukup, vice president/chief financial officer at Sukup Manufacturing Co. “Brett asked, ‘What size?!’ I said 18 foot. That has worked out great!” We are a family-owned company with family values and feel proud to contribute.”
In 2013, Sukup Manufacturing once again paired with GoServ Global to raise money to provide 25 Safe T Homes® to areas in need of housing. Sukup pledged to match donations one-for-one; for a total of 50 homes. Including the “50 Homes for Humanity” campaign, Sukup Manufacturing has donated more than 75 Safe T Homes®.
“Hundreds of Iowans and many others around the country have provided funding for Safe T Homes® through churches, Christmas presents and more,” says Emily Schmitt, corporate counsel, a third-generation Sukup family member. “In this day and age where you usually have to dig through financial disclosures to see where your charitable contributions are going, it is refreshing to know that our Safe T Homes® and GoServ Global are truly saving lives. It only encourages us to further expand our efforts, and next time we hope it can save even more.”
Before the storm even ended, Sukup Manufacturing Co. Plant Manager Jon Swanson scheduled additional Safe T Homes® to be produced. On a normal day Sukup Manufacturing strives to have on hand 11 Safe T Homes ready to help in disaster circumstances. They have increased that number to 24 for this week and once logistics permit, Sukup will be ready to ship at a moment’s notice.
In an interview with KCCI Des Moines, Ken DeYoung, the co-founder of GoServ Global said, "Those kids -- their families -- are no different than mine, and to walk away from them in 2010 was impossible. Now I know a lot of those kids better. We can't abandon them."
To learn more about how you can help or contribute to the relief in Haiti of Hurricane Matthew, visit www.goservglobal.org/give.
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, and covers 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing and warehouse space. The company employs over 500 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business.
Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings.
Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in over 80 foreign countries.