Cullman Casting executives visited the city of Cullman Monday, leaving thousands of dollars to assist with the aftermath of tornado damage.
Masahiko Kato, president of Cullman Casting Corporation's parent company, North Vernon Industry Corporation, presented Mayor Max Townson with a check for $10,000. Accompanied by company vice president Yoshiki Mori and Cullman Casting's Andy Huddleston, Kato visited with city officials and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions.
"I saw the destruction and was moved to tears. Cullman is the most beautiful town," Kato said.
Kato and other executives reported that Cullman Casting employees were not injured and that the plant was unharmed. Some employees, however, suffered damage to personal property.
Huddleston said Cullman Casting was able to resume operations quickly after the storm because of the city's ability to restore power and clear streets. He also reported that the company will be adding a second shift at the local plant, which will add about 35 employees.
Huddleston said the addition of the second shift would raise total employment to about 125 people at Cullman Casting. He said the company's business is doing well at this time, which is good for the local operation's potential.
Townson thanked the delegation for their contribution. He said city officials will consider several options for the money in the days ahead.
"There are a lot of things that need to be done. For example, many business owners need assistance in relocating or re-establishing. I know this will be a great contribution for a number of needs at this time," Townson said.
North Vernon Industry Corporation is located in North Vernon, Ind. Company officials indicated they would continue to look at ways to help the area in its recovery process.
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