2 Wis. companies donate $1.25M after Japan quake

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two Wisconsin companies have offered separate donations totaling $1.25 million toward disaster relief following the devastating Japanese earthquake.

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. said Tuesday it was donating $1 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society through the American Red Cross.

The company has 142,000 employees worldwide, including about 2,000 in Japan. An executive says Johnson Controls has a responsibility to support the disaster-relief efforts.

Kohl's Department Stores Inc. also announced a $250,000 cash donation to the Japanese Red Cross. The Menomonee Falls-based company says it's proud to be in a position to help during this tragedy.

Friday's earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed an estimated 10,000 people. It also led to explosions at three nuclear plants, causing the release of lethal clouds of radiation.

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