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December 08, 1987|David Olmos, Times Staff Writer

A Santa Ana technology company helped victims of the Oct. 1 Whittier earthquake obtain disaster relief funds in a prompt fashion.

Troy, a manufacturer of machines that write and print checks, supplies its Troy 308 check-writing system to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is responsible for disbursing disaster relief funds.

According to FEMA officials, the Troy system helped the agency get the first relief checks to earthquake victims eight days after the Oct. 1 temblor. In previous disasters, the procedure took from two weeks to three weeks because checks had to be processed, printed and mailed by the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington.

The Troy product consists of a personal computer and a printer that can print checks. The system makes it possible to print and issue government checks on the site. In the case of the October quake, checks were distributed from a FEMA office in El Monte.

The biggest customers for Troy's check-writing machines are insurance companies.

Troy, a division of the Santa-Ana-based Pierce Cos., employs 50 people in Santa Ana.

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