This January, employees at our Milwaukee facility marked National Blood Donor Month by hosting a blood drive to benefit the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. Since blood availability was down in Wisconsin due to frigid temperature keeping donors from public drives, it was critical to meet the drive’s goals. Therefore, recruitment focused on educating employees about both everyday and emergency blood needs in the community. Jim Yee, BloodCenter of Wisconsin Drive Coordinator, said “it is important for our sponsors to continue to host blood drives because the BloodCenter of Wisconsin needs to collect 800 pints of blood per day to service our 56 Wisconsin hospitals.”

The drive was a success, attracting 55 donors (including eight individuals who donated for the first time). In total, because of the generous support of Komatsu employees, 153 lives were saved.

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin plays a critical role in the health and welfare of residents in the state. Saving and enhancing patients’ lives is central to everything they do. The BloodCenter of Wisconsin provides communities with a continuum of care that includes the discovery, diagnosis, treatment and cures of many life-altering health conditions.

Komatsu Mining Corp is proud to continue a long-standing tradition of supporting this worthwhile organization. Our support dates back to its founding in 1947 and continues strong today.