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Keystone Re-opens New Orleans Branch After Katrina

On May 8, less than nine months after hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Keystone Automotive re-opened the doors to its newly renovated New Orleans branch. This location had suffered extensive damage to buildings, inventory and equipment. A small team of Keystone Team Members pulled together and spent an entire month just cleaning the remains and removing debris.

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POMONA, CA — On May 8, less than nine months after hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Keystone Automotive re-opened the doors to its newly renovated New Orleans branch. This location had suffered extensive damage to buildings, inventory and equipment. A small team of Keystone Team Members pulled together and spent an entire month just cleaning the remains and removing debris.

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“We are grateful to have team members who take pride in their work and do whatever is in their power to keep things running,” said Christopher Northup, vice president for Keystone Automotive, referring to the Keystone employees who setup shop in a condo complex and began taking orders just three weeks after Katrina struck.

To assist the more than 150 Keystone members directly affected by the storm, Keystone team members across the nation donated money and vacation hours to raise $42,000. In addition, the company ensured that all employees in the Gulf Coast region continued to receive their regular paychecks in the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina. Families were touched by the generosity. “My family and I appreciate everything Keystone has done for us. It really meant a lot,” stated William Lee, a route salesman out of New Orleans.

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Recently, Keystone also donated $10,000 to the Collision Industry Foundation in support of the continued mission to help collision repair professionals affected by disasters and other worthy causes.

For more information about Keystone Automotive, visit: www.keystone-auto.com

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