INX International Ink Assists Haitian Relief Efforts
SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—The television networks have quieted since broadcasting nightly news stories following the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12. But the humanitarian effort continues around-the-clock as Haiti struggles to recover and begin rebuilding. With INX International Ink Co. executive, Greg Stromberg, coordinating efforts through his CannedWater4Kids (CW4K) project, the collaboration of several Midwestern-based can manufacturing companies delivered an unprecedented response to a crisis that has affected an estimated three million people.
After a first shipment arrived in late February, a second shipment of water supplies is expected to be distributed this week to a hospital and orphanage in Haiti. Stromberg said a total of four truckloads of the 12-ounce cans of water were shipped, amounting to 6,930 cases or 166,320 cans. Stromberg’s network of contacts led to the cans being produced by three major can companies—Ball Corporation of Milwaukee, Crown Cork and Seal in La Crosse, Wis., and Rexam in St. Paul, Minn. Another Minnesota company, Cold Spring Brewery, stepped up and filled the colorful and recyclable cans with pure spring water from a 300-year-old underground glacier.
The can filling and shipments were made possible with funds contributed by Rudi Roeslein of Roeslein Corporation, the St. Louis-based concept-to-completion builder of manufacturing facilities, and from INX International president and CEO Rick Clendenning. Stromberg says an anonymous donor involved in the shipping industry also contributed to the cause.
“I really want to thank all of the people who got involved and were so generous in providing support for the Haiti Relief Program. I’m proud of the people in our industry and their response to this tragedy,” Stromberg says, reflecting on the quake that Haitian officials estimated killed between 217,000 and 230,000 people.
“It was a heartfelt response to a natural disaster,” says Stromberg. “We started the CannedWater4Kids program because more than a billion people on our planet don’t have access to clean water. The earthquake in Haiti destroyed many key buildings and infrastructure since the epicenter was only 25 miles from the country’s capital in Port-au-Prince. Hospitals and orphanages were affected, as was the water supply, so it only made sense to help in any way we could and our industry partners came through with terrific support.”