(INDIANAPOLIS, September 6, 2007) -- Carrier Corp., a business unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), will participate in the Hurricane Katrina rebuild effort by teaming with the defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts to donate a commercial air conditioner and a automatic standby power generator to the New Orleans Fire Department. The donation will be made at tonight's National Football League season opening game between the New Orleans Saints and the Colts at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
Foundation ? to rebuild the lost fire houses. Seven of the fire houses have been rebuilt to date.
"The citizens of New Orleans are still suffering and their plight is in all of our hearts and minds. The Colts and Carrier partnering together to send much-needed equipment to the fire department is a small gesture that we hope makes a difference," said Tom Zupancic, senior vice president, Indianapolis Colts Sales and Marketing.
"Carrier strongly believes in doing the right thing and when we found that we had the opportunity to help the New Orleans Fire Department in such a meaningful way, we were excited about the opportunity," said David Meyers, president, Carrier Sales and Distribution. "Our sponsorship with the world champion Indianapolis Colts helped make this possible. It's a great feeling to
be a part of the effort to rebuild critical services to the City of New Orleans."
Air conditioning will allow the New Orleans firefighters to finally move back into their district house, while the backup generator is critical to keep fire services going in the event of power loss. Earlier this year, the same firefighters who will move into the district house were ravaged by a tornado that hit the temporary housing trailer that currently serves as a makeshift base of operations.
About Carrier Corp. Carrier, headquartered in Farmington, Conn., is the world's largest company providing heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions, with approximately 45,000 employees and operations in 172 countries. Carrier is part of United Technologies Corp., a Hartford, Conn.-based provider of a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.