Houston, Texas-based Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) said its factory, distribution center, and corporate headquarters were undamaged by Hurricane Harvey and the business was "fully operational" on Sept. 5.
"Our facilities [in Houston] were undamaged, but like other area businesses, we were closed for the week directly following the storm, primarily due to high water around the city. We also wanted to enable our employees to participate in cleanup and recovery efforts in their communities," MCFA officials told DC Velocity.
"MCFA is continuing to take stock to ensure we know the total extent of damages our team endured," the company said. MCFA reported today that 42 employees' homes had been flooded, with 11 of those completely evacuated, and three homes sustained other storm-related damage.
The company, which distributes Mitsubishi Forklift, Cat Lift Truck, and Jungheinrich brand forklifts throughout the Western Hemiäphere, is located on West Sam Houston Parkway on Houston's Northwest side. MCFA also is part of a joint venture, Industrial Components of Texas LLC, which manufactures parts for Jungheinrich lift trucks in Conroe, Texas, approximately 50 miles north of Houston. Conroe also saw heavy flooding.
The company has established the MCFA Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that is accepting financial contributions to support employees who have been seriously impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Contributors to date include MCFA's employees, suppliers, and lift truck dealers. More information about the fundraising effort can be found at the foundation's web page.