Omak Fire Relief Fund
Organized by: Atlas Holdings
Fifteen months ago, we shared that our newly-acquired plywood manufacturing facility in Louisville, Mississippi had been destroyed by a violent tornado that ripped through Winston County, Mississippi. We requested your help to aid in the recovery of that small community, one that had become a member of the Atlas Family but thirty days earlier. You responded, in typical Atlas fashion, with overwhelming generosity. With your financial support, the Atlas Foundation donated over $75,000 toward the Winston relief effort.
Sadly, we are compelled to write again today. The historic wildfires raging through the State of Washington have caused great damage and profoundly impacted another Atlas portfolio company and its community.
In 2013, we opened Omak Wood Products, a subsidiary of New Wood Resources. The company has revived the former Colville Indian Plywood & Veneer mill in Omak, helping to reverse the tide of surging unemployment in Okanogan County. The restart of the Omak mill gave residents hope for the future. That future is in grave jeopardy for many families today.
The ongoing wildfires have consumed more than one million acres in recent weeks alone, including approximately 500,000 acres (or roughly 2/3 the size of Rhode Island) in and around the Omak area. The devastation has impacted the Omak Wood Products’ family directly.
Dennis Best works at Omak as a Clipper Operator. The fires have destroyed the house in which he and his wife Sandra have lived for 35 years. They are safe but have lost their family home and treasured possessions (the before and after pictures of the Best home are displayed to the left). Dennis and Sandra are facing an extraordinary financial and emotional challenge, and need our help. Others across the Omak Wood Products family are also in need of assistance. As you know, our businesses each believe in forging a commitment to the communities of which they are a part, in both good times and bad. Once again, we have a chance to collectively bring that core Atlas value to life in a tangible and impactful fashion.
The compassion and spirit of the 15,000-plus Atlas associates can help deliver financial support – and renewed hope – to the Best family and to many of those impacted by this tragedy. To kick-off this push, Atlas and the Atlas Foundation have committed $10,000 to the Atlas Omak Fire Relief Fund.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.