The Weyerhaeuser Community Fund is donating $500,000 to the American Red Cross to help those on Honshu Island affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

In addition to today’s contribution, Weyerhaeuser businesses are working with their customers to develop plans for longer-term recovery support when the rebuilding process begins.
“As a result of a relationship that dates back to 1923, our company has close ties with the people of Japan and today’s contribution marks the beginning of our efforts to aid Japan’s recovery,” said Dan Fulton, Weyerhaeuser president and chief executive officer. “In addition, because many of us at Weyerhaeuser know individuals affected by the earthquake and tsunami, many of our employees are making personal contributions as well.”

About 10 percent of the Federal Way-based company’s sales are to Japan. Weyerhaeuser sells pulp, liquid packaging board, logs, lumber and wood chips to Japan. The company started selling lumber to Japan in 1923 following the Great Kanto earthquake that devastated Tokyo and Yokohama.