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Allegiance Healthcare Corp. in McGaw Park, IL, which manufactures and distributes surgical, medical, and laboratory products, assisted health care providers in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Order volumes for supplies in New York City jumped 60% in the first 48 hours after the attack. Fifty police vehicles assisted Allegiance in transporting the supplies by truck and helicopter. Allegiance sent more than 130 tractor-trailers of medical supplies into Manhattan, and more than 35 helicopter deliveries took supplies to makeshift landing zones at the company’s Northeast distribution center. The landing zones were lit with strobes and floodlights so the helicopters could land at night.
In Maryland, sales reps and their spouses worked overtime to help wrap medical-surgical pallets for Washington, DC, hospitals and nearby military bases.
In addition, Allegiance donated products to AmeriCares, an emergency-relief organization based in New Canaan, CT. The organization normally sends donated products overseas, but made an exception and donated the supplies to facilities in the United States after the terrorist attacks.