On Wednesday, Sept. 2, PGT Innovations (NYSE: PGTI), the Venice-based manufacturer of windows and doors, held a drive-thru Hurricane Laura Relief Supply Distribution event in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Prior to the storm making landfall, the PGT Innovations team secured more than 800 tarps, 1,700 batteries, 38,000 bottles of water, generators, chainsaws, oil, coolers, first aid kits, extension cords and 200 flashlights for distribution to those affected. On Aug. 31, two PGT Innovations semi-trailers loaded with the relief supplies set out on the 900-mile journey from Venice to Lake Charles. When they arrived on Sept. 2, the two truck drivers and seven additional team members from PGT Innovations, along with 18 employees from Doug Ashy Building Materials, an authorized PGT Innovations dealer in Lake Charles, unloaded and staged the supplies to create a drive-thru loading route through the Doug Ashy parking lot. The route created an efficient and organized distribution process while also supporting Covid-19 social-distancing efforts to protect volunteers and those receiving the relief supplies (the recipients remained in their vehicles while the supplies were loaded for them). More than 750 area residents drove through the distribution line while supplies lasted. Commodity items and non-perishable food items were also made available to the public.
PGT Innovations volunteers included Sean Armantrout, Cesar Fuentes, Gary Greksa, Steve Smith, and AJ Wells, as well as truck drivers Dewayne Brown and Carl Sikkema.