Jeff Ritter, who works in the Pittsburgh headquarters of Lanxess Corp., is using his expertise in procurement to head up coordination efforts for Deep Springs International, a Grove City, Pa.-based non-profit that helps Haitians obtain safe drinking water. Jeff is leading this effort because his son, Michael, was working for DSI in Baudin, Haiti, when the earthquake hit. "After the earthquake hit and I knew my son Michael was OK, I approached my boss about devoting some time to assisting my son's emergency response effort," said Jeff Ritter. Jeff works in the technical and services procurement department at Lanxess. For DSI, he is currently serving full-time as the primary liaison/communicator with suppliers to help coordinate clean water efforts in the disaster response. Lanxess donated $200,000 to help fund DSI's project, which the company said will provide 20,000 household water purification systems for the relief effort. The company also helped procure 4 million chemical water treatment tablets for Haitian families. Jeff Ritter has previous emergency response procurement experience because of two hurricanes that hit Lanxess plants in the past few years. "Any type of natural disaster response situation is a totally different mode of action than a typical day-to-day job," Ritter explained. "The priorities shift and speed becomes the most important priority." Thanks to Lanxess for sharing details about Jeff Ritter's role in the relief effort, and to Jeff for his service.
Lanxess worker helps with Haiti relief
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