Vendor NewsCapital Safety, home of the DBI-SALA® and PROTECTA® brands and a KKR portfolio company, is donating fall protection equipment and training for select personnel for all 2014 Habitat for Humanity build sites near its two Minnesota operations in the Twin Cities and Red Wing. Capital Safety products are used around the world to keep those who work at height safe.

The donated Capital Safety equipment will be used by workers doing work at height, including roof-related work at the build sites, said Stephen Oswald, CEO, Capital Safety. “We want to help ensure that the workers and volunteers who build Habitat for Humanity homes return to their own homes safely each night,” said Oswald.

“Safety of our staff and over 17,000 volunteers annually is, of course, a priority for Habitat for Humanity,” said Mary Schumacher, chief operating officer of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. “We are very fortunate to have in-kind donors like Capital Safety, which keep our home construction costs low so more well-deserving families can purchase a Habitat home each year.” 

“This represents part of a new effort where we are working with each of our industrial companies in the U.S. to identify and partner with a charity that utilizes the company’s products or in some other way ties in with the company’s mission” said Pete Stavros, Capital Safety director, Member of KKR and head of KKR’s Industrials investment team.  “This relationship between Capital Safety and Habitat for Humanity is exactly the type of partnership we were hoping to encourage.”

About Twin Cities Habitat

Our mission is to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience.  An award-winning nonprofit housing developer, Twin Cities Habitat is committed to building the quality of life, health and prosperity of the region by producing, preserving and advocating for affordable homeownership – because homes and families are the foundation of successful communities.

About Goodhue County Habitat

Founded in 1993, our chapter serves the same Greater Red Wing area where Capital Safety was founded and continues to grow.  In keeping with its mission, Goodhue County Habitat brings people together to build homes, build hope, and build community and has already completed over 30 successful Habitat homes.

About Capital Safety   

Capital Safety, a world leading designer and manufacturer of height safety and fall protection equipment with 26 operating sites worldwide, is home of the DBI-SALA® and PROTECTA® brands. All of Capital Safety’s products and services are backed by extensive training, knowledgeable technical assistance and professional customer service. For more information, contact Capital Safety at 800-328-6146, 651-388-8282 or visit


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