NU Online News Service, Sept. 14, 11:58 a.m. – More details emerged today of the losses suffered by businesses with offices in the World Trade Center attacks, according to CBS.MarketWatch.com and company reports.
Morgan Stanley has accounted for the vast majority of its employees after having feared far worse in the wake of the attacks, CBS.MarketWatch.com says.
Cantor Fitzgerald has also added to its count of survivors. However, in broadcast interviews, the chairman of the company said there was no evidence that any of the company’s employees who were in the top floors of one of the towers escaped, according to CBS.MarketWatch.com.
The following is the latest available update from the affected companies’ officials:
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
“We had about 2,500 people in 2 World Trade Center and 1,000 people in 5 World Trade Center,” says CEO Philip Purcell. “Miraculously, it appears the vast majority got out safely.”
As of Friday morning, there had been no confirmed deaths, but the status of 10 employees was still unknown, down from more than 500 unaccounted for on Wednesday, CBS.MarketWatch.com says.
Morgan Stanley reported injuries to 50 of the surviving employees.
The securities firm occupied floors 101-105 of the North Tower, also known as 1 World Trade Center, and has reported locating 320 of the 1,000 employees stationed in the building, according to CBS.MarketWatch.com. Cantor will update the list throughout the day at http://www.cantorusa.com/.
“At this point, we have no confirmed information on employees having been rescued from our floors,” says Cantor Fitzgerald Chairman Howard Lutnick. “We expect to publish a verified list on Friday. I would direct all family members and friends to any one of our Web sites, which have the most updated information available.”
In a Friday morning note on the brokerage firm’s Web site, CEO David Komansky and President Stanley O’Neal said that three of its employees remain unaccounted for and one “has tentatively been identified as deceased.”
Employees were evacuated from the American Express Tower and 7 World Trade Center in the wake of the attacks, but the company has no specific information as to whether all workers made it safely from the building, according to CBS.MarketWatch.com.
There is not word yet about the fate of a group of approximately 20 employees working in the now-collapsed 1 World Trade Center Tower, according to CBS.MarketWatch.com.
Occupying numerous floors of the South Tower, or 2 World Trade Center, Aon Corp., an insurance brokerage and consulting firm, had an estimated 1,100 employees working in the World Trade Center at the time of the attack. According to the company’s most recent headcount, the “majority” of employees were accounted for by Wednesday afternoon.
The insurance brokerage occupied floors 93 through 100 in the North Tower. Of the 1,700 employees reported to have been in the building at the time of the attacks, 1,000 have now been confirmed alive.
Thomson Financial had 2,000 employees in lower Manhattan and approximately 200 employees located in the World Trade Center.
“We have confirmed that almost all of our employees in lower Manhattan were in their respective buildings and able to exit the area quickly and safely,” says CEO Pat Tierney.
Thomson Financial said Thursday that one employee appears to have been aboard one of the hijacked jets that crashed into 1 World Trade Center, and 10 were still missing.
Salomon Smith Barney
The company reported successfully evacuated all employees from 7 World Trade Center before the collapse. Salomon Smith Barney also said many branches are currently staffed.
All employees have been accounted for in the downtown Schwab offices but those branches remain closed, according to CBS.