By David Knopf/Richmond News
The Orrick tornado did away with normality with just a few seconds of destructive power.
Then a local employer acted almost as quickly to restore a piece of it.
The parent company of Orrick’s American Wilcon Plastics, which employs about a hundred people, asked office manager Tiffany Claypol what it could do to help.
“Our company in Dallas contacted us and asked what we could do to help the community we do business in,” said Claypol.
A local resident, Claypol suggested the company might consider replacing mailboxes for the 40 or so customers who’d lost them during the tornado.
It was first thought that American Wilcon, which makes air vents and several other products, including plastic mailboxes, might provide them. But the Airvent company in Dallas and its Buffalo, N.Y.- headquartered parent company, went a step further, shipping oversized metal mailboxes and the metal posts to support them.