Hey everyone!  Travis here.  The Haiti disaster is top of mind with everyone right now, which is why I wanted to share this bit of news.  The Tampa Port Authority is pleased to announce that one of its major cement and aggregate tenants, Andino Cements USA, LLC, engaged in humanitarian efforts to bring critical relief to the people of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, January 18—20.

Because of damaged, unusable port facilities at Port-au-Prince, Dominican Republic-based Cementos Andino opened its port terminal to accommodate ships bringing relief supplies and provide for a staging location for loading of the goods onto a barge, subsequently destined for Jacmel, southwest of Port-au-Prince. 

More than 300 of the company’s own employees helped to load food, water and supplies onto a barge from the D.R. to neighboring Haiti.  Some employees contributed money toward the purchase of supplies.  The relief effort also involved participation from the Red Cross, United Nations and World Bank.

And...here's something cool.  The company’s efforts have already been recognized by the Dominican Republic’s government as a significant gesture of good will and kindness.

I know that a lot of people and organizations are out there helping out, so I'd like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to them as well. 

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