KYOCERA Donates $50,000 for San Diego-Area Fire-Relief Efforts
SAN DIEGO – November 3, 2003 – The KYOCERA group of companies (NYSE: KYO) today announced a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross for fire relief and assistance efforts in San Diego County. In addition, the company is providing financial assistance to employees who have suffered the loss of, or significant structural damage to, their homes.
"The recent wildfires that have ravaged our local community show how fragile life can be," said Rodney Lanthorne, Director of Kyoto, Japan-based KYOCERA Corporation and President of San Diego-based KYOCERA International, Inc. "We extend our deepest sympathies to those directly affected by this disaster, and we commend the heroic efforts of the firefighters, police, emergency workers and relief staff, including those of the Red Cross."
San Diego serves as the North American hub for the KYOCERA group, founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining its engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, KYOCERA has become a leading supplier of wireless phones, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. KYOCERA has 2,600 general employees in San Diego County and 700 in Tijuana.
Jay Scovie, Corporate Communications Manager