Ampine employees receive $500 gift cards after fire destroys factory

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The Amador Community Foundation distributed $500 Walmart gift cards to employees who lost their jobs after a fire destroyed Ampine, a particleboard plant in the community of Martell. “We just want to be available to provide whatever assistance we can to bridge the gap so they can get back on their feet,” said the foundation’s executive director, Kathleen Harmon. A fire broke out in Ampine on 25 July, when about 40 employees were on site. “To our surprise, we looked into the warehouse and there was a wall of flames,” said Jose Mancia, an electrician at the plant. escaped unharmed. Yet the fire destroyed the state’s last particle board plant, just a week short of its 50th anniversary. “It was a bit surreal. I couldn’t believe he was missing,” Brandie Cupit said. He is one of more than 100 employees who were suddenly out of work. He stopped by the Amador Community Foundation office on Monday to pick up a gift card “Their work is so specific. It’s not easily transferable to another type of job, so it feels good to be just a bit of a funding gap for them. while they watch,” Harmon explained. She said the foundation used money it already had in a disaster relief fund to purchase the gift cards. “I was blown away,” Cupit said. “$500 is a long way. It’s unreal. $500 is a long way. It will help a lot of people.” they may or may not be able to rebuild. The Amador Fire Protection District is still investigating the cause of the fire.

The Amador Community Foundation distributed $500 Walmart gift cards to employees who lost their jobs after a fire destroyed Ampine, a particleboard plant in the community of Martell.

“We just want to be available to provide whatever help we can to bridge the gap so they can get back on their feet,” said the foundation’s executive director, Kathleen Harmon.

A fire broke out in Ampine on July 25, when around 40 employees were on site.

“To our surprise, we looked into the warehouse and there was a wall of flames,” said Jose Mancia, an electrician at the plant.

Everyone got out safe and sound. Yet the fire destroyed the state’s last particle board plant, just a week short of its 50th anniversary.

“It was a little surreal. I couldn’t believe he was missing,” Brandie Cupit said.

He is one of more than 100 employees suddenly out of work. He stopped by the Amador Community Foundation office on Monday to pick up a gift card.

“Their work is so specific. It’s not easily transferable to another type of job, so it feels good to be a bit of a funding gap for them while they search,” Harmon explained.

She said the foundation used money it already had in a disaster relief fund to buy the gift cards.

“I was blown away,” Cupit said. “$500 goes a long way. It’s unreal. $500 goes a long way. It’s going to help a lot of people.”

Ampine’s owning company, Timber Products, said its insurance had assessed the damage and it was still too early to know whether it would be able to rebuild or not.

The Amador Fire Protection District is still investigating the cause of the fire.

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