UTC inspires with relief effort


One can feel helpless watching the horrific events in Japan unfold: earthquake, tsunami, and now the threat of nuclear meltdown. But I also feel inspired seeing the world community taking action and reaching out to help. Now count United Technologies Corp., parent company of UTC Fire & Security, among that group.

UTC this week contributed $1 million to support humanitarian relief efforts in Japan, according to a business newswire.

UTC, based in Hartford, Conn., also will match 100 percent of employee contributions to Red Cross relief efforts, to a maximum of $500,000, PR Newswire said.

 “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this terrible disaster,” UTC chairman & chief executive officer Louis Chenevert said in a statement. “United Technologies has been in Japan for more than 100 years, and we are deeply committed to our employees and partnerships there.  We are thankful that all UTC employees are safe and want to offer this support to those affected by this tragedy.”

United Technologies is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries. Among UTC’s products are UTC Fire & Security detection and response systems.