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Amador County particle board plant employees to get helping hand

A fire has gutted a particleboard mill in Martell in Amador County. With the future now uncertain for Ampine’s 145 employees, the community wants to help. “Oh my God, what a disaster for the people, the city and the economy,” said Patrick Crew, Amador County supervisor in District 1. grade particleboard used for kitchen and bathroom cabinets, according to Timber Products. A spokesman said it was the last plant of its kind in California. It employed 145 people. Crew said that made it a major employer in the small Amador County community.”It’s a tough deal,” he said. “It’s just hard to describe how much of an impact it will have.” Crews are still investigating how the fire started around noon Monday. Chief Walt White of the Amador Fire Protection District said the 40 to 45 people working there at the time made it out safely. But the fire caused extensive damage to the plant, which was a week away from its 50th anniversary. is also vice president of the Amador Community Foundation. “We want to be the hub of philanthropy for Amador County, and we’ve been working very hard on that over the years,” Crew said. The foundation raised money for a disaster relief fund for people who were affected by the 2015 Butte Fire. Now, he hopes to do the same for Ampine employees. foundation will raise money through online donations here.

A fire has gutted a particleboard mill in Martell in Amador County. With the future now uncertain for Ampine’s 145 employees, the community wants to help.

“Oh my God, what a disaster for the people, the city and the economy,” said Patrick Crews, District 1 Amador County Supervisor.

High-quality chipboard manufactured by Ampine used for kitchen and bathroom cabinets, according to Timber Products. A spokesman said it was the last plant of its kind in California.

It employed 145 people. The crew said it made it a major employer in the small Amador County community.

“It’s a tough deal,” he said. “It’s just hard to describe how big of an impact it’s going to have.”

Crews are still investigating how the fire started around noon Monday.

Chief Walt White of the Amador Fire Protection District said the 40 to 45 people working there at the time made it out safely. However, the fire caused extensive damage to the factory, which was a week away from its 50th anniversary.

“We are here for you and we are all Amadorians,” Crew said in a message to Ampine employees.

The county supervisor crew is also his vice president Amador Community Foundation.

“We want to be the hub of philanthropy for Amador County, and we’ve been working very hard on that over the years,” Crew said.

The foundation raised money for a disaster relief fund for people affected by the Butte Fire in 2015. Now, it hopes to do the same for Ampine employees.

“People really came together and I expect that to happen again. Amador County is really a special place,” Crew said.

The foundation will raise money through online donations here.

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