IFCO Executives Help Rebuild New Orleans Neighborhood

April 16, 2010
More than 200 managers from IFCO Systems helped repair, paint and landscape three homes in New Orleans’ Gentilly District, which was severely damaged in 2005 by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Executives from 13 countries gathered in the city on March 24 for IFCO’s annual management meeting and partnered with the Beacon of Hope Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that helps to rebuild communities.

“IFCO’s service center in nearby Hammond was damaged in Katrina, and we heard first hand many of the stories of courage and sacrifice,” says Dave Russell, president of IFCO Systems North America. “We appreciate the opportunity to play a role in the revitalization of Gentilly.”

The partnership with Beacon of Hope is part of the reusable plastic container (RPC) pooling company’s “worldwide responsibility initiative,” a program focused on social and environmental responsibility. IFCO says it also supports food banks by supplying them with reusable containers and co-financing delivery vehicles.

In the United States, IFCO manages a national network of pallet management services. Internationally, the company operates a pool of more than 102 million RPCs.