Equipment from a Grand Rapids manufacturing plant was recently deployed to help fight back the waters of the Red River in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn.
Terex ASV shipped a truckload of machines worth more than $295,000 to the flood-threatened communities. The equipment included four compact track loaders and a tracked utility vehicle.
The tracked undercarriages of the machines evenly distribute their weight, making them an effective tool in muddy conditions that rendered other types of equipment useless.
The equipment is still on the scene and now will be used to help in cleanup efforts, including the removal of millions of sandbags.
One of ASV’s sister plants — Loegering Manufacturing, Inc. of Cassleton, N.D. — also provided staff to help fend off flood waters.
Hannah Tanata, a spokeswoman for Terex ASV, said her company lent out equipment to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as well.
ASV seems to get it: Helping out isn’t only the right thing to do, at the end of the day it’s good for long-term business, too.