Building products manufacturer and distributor iLevel by Weyerhaeuser is donating construction materials to help relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri, following the spring tornado that killed more than 150 people. The company is providing a truckload of oriented strand board sheathing and a truckload of 2x4 lumber to help repair and rebuild homes and other buildings damaged in the May 21 storm.
"A few days after any tragedy like this, the news crews leave and people outside the area return to their lives, but the hard work of rebuilding continues much longer," said Stewart Lavigne, Manager, OSB marketing and sales for iLevel by Weyerhaeuser. "We heard from local officials and building material dealers that construction supplies in the area had been exhausted and there's still a need for donations and other support. We're pleased to work with our business associates to help the people in Joplin and throughout Missouri and assist with the city's recovery."
"I certainly appreciate iLevel by Weyerhaeuser donating these much needed supplies for Joplin's rebuilding efforts," said Missouri Representative Bill White (R-Joplin). "Although it has been almost two months since the tornado, Joplin has a long way to go in its recovery. Generous donations from companies such as Weyerhaeuser let families who were so tragically affected by the tornado know that others care and want to help."
The donation is being coordinated through iLevel dealer Forest Products Supply Co. in St. Louis and in conjunction with the Mid-America Lumbermens Association (MLA). "We were pleased to be able to get the word out that volunteers needed lumber materials to board-up damaged properties," commented MLA's Executive Vice President Olivia Holcombe, CAE. "It was inspiring to see the industry's response and the generous donation by iLevel."
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