Wolseley North America’s divisions, Ferguson and Stock Building Supply, provided extensive aid to storm victims in the state of Virginia following tornadoes and severe storms earlier this month.
Packages to the city of Suffolk, several neighborhoods of which were damaged by a tornado, included gloves, ply board, tarps, hammers, shovels, nails and numerous other supplies.
“Upon hearing about the tornado, we first checked to ensure that all of our associates in the area were OK, and then we immediately focused our attention on the community and how we could help,” said Ray Ferrara, manager of emergency operations for Wolseley’s North American Division.
The tornado that hit Suffolk, Va., caused more than $18 million in damage, according to the company. The tornado cut a 25-mile path through residential areas, and more than 200 people were injured during the tornado, “which also damaged scores of businesses and downed dozens of trees and power lines.”
Stock currently operates 302 locations in 34 states, while Ferguson operates more than 1,400 service centers in all 50 states.