DuPont Donates Products to Help Rebuild Town Leveled by Tornado

June 17, 2008

GREENSBURG, KS - DuPont and four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon recently announced that DuPont will partner with customers and make an initial donation of more than 30 innovative products and services worth nearly $750,000 to help rebuild homes and businesses in tornado-ravaged Greensburg, KS. The donation also includes funding for two Habitat for Humanity homes.

The town was leveled by one of the largest tornados in U.S. history in 2007. Very few structures remained in the aftermath of the deadly EF5 tornado and more than 1,500 people, who were displaced, are waiting to return to their homes. Greensburg residents are rebuilding their town using sustainable materials.

"DuPont employees and customers have come together to help the families in Greensburg. We cannot possibly imagine what this community has suffered, but we can help. We care about protecting lives, we care about building homes and we care about safeguarding communities," says Tom Schuler, vice president and general manager, DuPont Building Innovations. "We are pleased to support the people of Greensburg with sustainable products that will help make a difference in the renewal of the town."

The materials, which include key end-use products from DuPont customers, will provide a number of benefits to homeowners in Greensburg for safety and energy efficiency, using sustainable materials for both inside and outside their homes.

"DuPont's involvement in Greensburg marks a great partnership for the city. I look forward to continued support from them as we rebuild our sustainable city," says Steve Hewitt, Greensburg city administrator.

"DuPont's leadership in creating quality products and their generous contributions are making it possible for the Habitat organization to offer affordable homeownership as a hands-up solution in the Greensburg community. We are tremendously grateful to DuPont and their business partners for their leadership and support," notes Linda Stewart, executive director, Wichita Habitat for Humanity Inc.

Among the DuPont products provided are: the full line of DuPont™ Tyvek® Weatherization Systems including DuPont Tyvek® Homewrap® and Tyvek AtticWrap™; DuPont Corian® and DuPont Zodiaq® surfaces; DuPont SentryGlas® interlayers; and the DuPont StormRoom™ with Kevlar®. DuPont also is donating RealTouch® laminate flooring, DuPont Garden Products and DuPont Air Filtration products, among others.

Key DuPont customer donations include: Mohawk Smartstrand® carpet with DuPont Sorona® renewably sourced polymer and Johnson Controls air conditioning systems using energy efficient, non-ozone-depleting DuPont Suva® 410-A refrigerant.

Inspired by Greensburg residents' desire to rebuild "green," Planet Green television network is chronicling the rebuilding of Greensburg.

The epic docu-series is a mixture of compelling human stories and building and engineering. "Greensburg" will premiere on Planet Green on June 15 and will air every Sunday for 12 additional weeks. The series will document the story of a community coming together and the enormous scope of rebuilding a small city. The 13-part series also is the subject of featured programming on the Discovery Communications Inc. sister networks Discovery Channel, Science Channel and TLC. For information on television program schedules, visit

DuPont-one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 18 years ago-has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation. For more information on DuPont products, visit

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