DILLARD, OR — Roseburg Forest Products’ veneer facility in Weed, CA, was hurt by the Boles wildfire on September 15. A number of buildings on the complex were damaged, although the main processing area and facility were not destroyed. All Roseburg employees were evacuated with no injuries.
After assessing the damage of the fire, Roseburg announced a response plan for the employees of the Weed facility, with a goal of providing stability, both to the employees and the facility, as soon as possible. The company will provide temporary housing for Weed employees who are unable to return home or lost their homes entirely. Counseling services are also available for employees and their families.
Roseburg hopes to have the Weed facility up and running by Thanksgiving. In the interim, the company has offered 60 Weed employees positions in its veneer operations in Oregon, as well as housing and meals assistance. Other Weed employees will remain in Weed for clean up and repairs. Roseburg will move Weed veneer inventory to its plywood operations in Oregon while production is stalled.
A fund has been set up by the company through the United Way of Northern California, allowing Roseburg employees throughout the U.S. to donate through payroll deduction. The Weed Employee Relief Fund will give 100% of donations to those employees affected by the Boles Fire, and will match employees’ donations dollar for dollar.
If you would like to donate to the Weed Employee Relief Fund, please send your check to United Way of Northern California and send to 2280 Benton Drive, Box 14, Redding, CA 96033; in the memo line write “Roseburg Employee Relief Fund.” One-hundred percent of donations will be given directly to aid the employees of Roseburg Forest Products who have been affected by the Boles Fire.
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