Metso Corporation's press release on September 7, 2009 at 2:45 p.m.
Metso and Red Cross of China teamed up to rebuild the Sandong high school in Jiajing, Sichuan province, after the school was badly damaged in the 2008 earthquake. The school, with a student body of over 300 students of 12 to 15 years old, was renamed Metso Boai Middle School at the inauguration last Friday.
Teaching got under way at the new, four-story, reinforced concrete school already last spring. The new school building houses ordinary classrooms as well as multimedia classrooms, laboratories, teachers' facilities and meeting rooms. Before the construction work of the new school building was finished, the students studied for a year in temporary class rooms with dirt floors.
The initiative for the relief project came from Metso's personnel in China who contacted Red Cross of China. After hearing that many of the school buildings in the earthquake area had suffered severe damage in the catastrophe, Metso employees decided to collect funds to rebuild a school situated in the disaster area. Red Cross of China recommended as the object Sandong high school, located 124 kilometers from the earthquake's epicentre. "We will continue to monitor the success of the school and its students in the future by staying in touch with the local government and the Red Cross," says Jukka Seppälä, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Trade Policy, Metso Corporation.
Metso's social responsibility projects focus on support for science, environmental protection and youth activities. Operating in China since 1956, Metso was one of the first international industrial technology companies to launch business activities in the People`s Republic of China. Metso has also worked actively with other Finnish companies in the project to build the Fenfang elementary school in Sichuan. Additionally, the company has established scholarship programs at several Chinese universities. Furthermore, Metso and PLAN International are working together to overhaul the water and sanitation systems in six villages in Chunhua, Shanxi province.
Metso is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. We have about 28,000 employees in more than 50 countries. www.metso.com
Further information for the press, please contact:
Jukka Seppälä, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Trade Policy, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3106