The Penske Corp. said today it has donated 40 used flatbed trucks, valued at $1 million, to support the ongoing relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
The 22-foot vehicles, pulled from the Penske Truck Rental fleet, will help distribute food and life-saving supplies as part of humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti, Penske said.
The company said representatives of a team headed by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush last week contacted founder Roger Penske's office in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., seeking help with donated vehicles. Penske Truck Leasing, another Penske unit, pulled vehicles from inventory across the Western, Southern, and Gulf Coast states and began shipping them to south Florida for the voyage to Haiti.
Sixteen of the 40 trucks left Florida yesterday, with the rest to leave this Sunday or Monday, Penske said. The first group of vehicles will arrive Thursday morning, according to a Penske spokeswoman.