THERMA-TRU® TO DONATE FUNDS FOR HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF
IN LIEU OF TRADE SHOW PARTICIPATION
MAUMEE, Ohio (September 06, 2005) – Therma-Tru® Doors, an operating unit of Fortune Brands (NYSE: FO), today announced that the Company has elected to make a significant donation to the N.O. Relief fund via the American Red Cross in lieu of participating in the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) annual trade show originally scheduled for October 6 to 11 in New Orleans.
"We think our money will be better spent by supporting the victims of this incredible natural disaster as they attempt to rebuild their lives," said Carl Hedlund, President and CEO of Therma-Tru. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families, including our customers, affected by the overwhelming damage of Hurricane Katrina."
The amount of Therma-Tru's donation to the American Red Cross will be made in light of costs that would have been associated with the AMD trade show.
The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Thursday that all city-wide conventions are cancelled through December 1. The AMD is currently evaluating alternate locations.
Therma-Tru Doors is the nation's leading manufacturer and most preferred brand of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. Founded in 1962, Therma-Tru pioneered the fiberglass entry door industry, and today offers a complete portfolio of entry and patio door system solutions, including decorative glass doorlites, sidelites
and transoms, and door components. Therma-Tru, part of consumer brands
leader Fortune Brands (NYSE: FO) is headquartered in Maumee, OH. For
more information on Therma-Tru Doors, call (800) 537-8827.
CONTACT: Therma-Tru, Sara Theis, 419-891-7400 ext. 7426.