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Atlas Copco provides "Predictable Power" to Drive for Veterans

2013-11-22

Atlas Copco proudly sponsors the Drive for Veterans, a cross-country fundraising trip to promote support and compassion for wounded American veterans and their families. Veterans and supporters will drive small electric vehicles across the country, and the vehicles will be recharged along the way by a donated Atlas Copco QAS 25 generator. 

Atlas Copco USA - QAS 25 is shown working on the road

The Atlas Copco QAS 25 is shown working on the road, charging electric Columbia ParCar golf carts.


Columbia ParCar, headquartered in Reedsburg, Wis., is the organizing sponsor of the fundraiser and has donated several zero-emission, low-speed electric vehicles for the drive.

The Drive for Veterans officially launched Oct. 20. The route extends from San Diego to Savannah, Ga., concluding in The Villages, Florida. Participants will appear at events and celebrations in towns from coast to coast during the 45-day drive.

The goal for the event is to raise a minimum of $500,000, which will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation and the Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund, two nonprofit organizations committed to assisting and caring for wounded American veterans and their families.

Many citizens don’t understand the mental and physical hardships wounded veterans and their families must overcome. The amount of time and energy required to heal from traumatic injuries can be a huge strain on soldiers and their families, so having a support system is vital to their recovery.

“We’re incredibly excited to help out these great causes,” said Todd Sauey, President of Columbia ParCar. “This cross-country trip will highlight the needs of wounded veterans nationwide while also helping to provide the financial and emotional support and care our heroes need to heal and rebuild their lives. Everyone involved is looking forward to the people we’ll meet and the places we’ll see along the route.”

The Atlas Copco QAS 25 generator was donated through Ahern Rentals. Frank Reyes, operations manager for Ahern Rentals, Las Vegas, is personally familiar with the charity groups, as he and his wife stayed at the Balboa Naval Hospital Fisher House after his son was injured in Iraq.

Stephen Nelson of Atlas Copco helped get the Atlas Copco generator on the road for the fundraiser. Nelson, who serves as business development manager for national accounts, said, “Atlas Copco was approached by Frank Reyes to provide the QAS 25 generator to power the electric vehicles and we were honored to help. Supplying the generator is just a small token of our appreciation to veterans and their families, which the Drive for Veterans will support.”

The Fisher House Foundation provides “comfort homes” at major military medical centers to enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. The Semper Fi Fund provides financial support during hospitalization and recovery, and assistance for those with continuing needs.

Columbia is a part of the Nordic Group of Companies, a family-owned management and manufacturing business headquartered in Baraboo, Wis., with manufacturing operations extending throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe, and includes Flambeau and Seats Incorporated, leaders in their respective industries.
Follow the route of Drive for Veterans and learn more about the drivers along the way at www.driveforveterans.com.
For further information please contact:  
  
Christina Burns, Marketing Communications Director 
Atlas Copco Construction Mining Technique USA LLC 
Telephone: 720-235-2325; Fax: 623-780-0222 
Email: chris.burns@us.atlascopco.com 
  
Liz Martin, Public Relations Specialist 
Ellenbecker Communications, Inc. 
Telephone: 507-945-0103; Fax: 877-572-9860 
Email: liz@ellcom.us 


Atlas Copco Construction Equipment LLC is responsible for the sales, aftermarket service and rental of portable compressors, generators, tools and attachments used in the construction and demolition industries. The company is headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The business extends its reach through a nationwide network of sales and service stores and specialist distributors.