In response to Tuesday's tragic events in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, the Michelin Group announced today it is contributing $1 million to assist the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The "Michelin Relief Fund" has been opened to all 128,000 Michelin employees worldwide who wish to make donations.

"It is impossible to find words to express the anguish we feel for the tragedy that has befallen the United States," said CEO Edouard Michelin from the group's headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France. "On behalf of all Michelin employees throughout the world, I offer our heartfelt sympathy to those touched by this disaster. We hope our contribution will help in some small way to assist those in need."

Although Michelin Group had no personnel directly injured in Tuesday’s attacks, the company wished to respond directly to the events.

"Michelin employees in the United States have been deeply affected by the needs of the victims of these terrible events,” said Jim Micali, president and chairman of Greenville, SC-based Michelin North America. “Later today, we will announce some additional steps to help relief efforts in New York City."

The "Michelin Relief Fund" will be established immediately to help victims through the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.

"We are grateful that so many people, including those from corporations such as Michelin, have demonstrated a willingness to help the Red Cross provide immediate relief to everyone who has been touched by these catastrophic events," said John Clizbe, vp of disaster services for the American Red Cross.