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Core-Mark Delivers Aid to First Responders Fighting California Wildfires

Company leverages its supply chain to send more than 2,500 cases of drinking water

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, is leveraging its supply chain to deliver aid to first responders fighting two large California wildfires.

In tandem with industry partner Andeavor, more than 2,500 cases of drinking water have been sent to support firefighters on the front lines of both the Hoopa and Carr fires.

“These extraordinary fires require an unprecedented commitment on our part to help firefighters on the front lines as they work to contain the blaze,” said Bryan Alger, division president of Core-Mark in Sacramento. “We are thankful to Andeavor, our partners in this effort, and will assess how best to help our customers in the region when they ultimately return and begin to rebuild.”

In recent days, the local food and water supply has come under strain. Officials have increasingly taken to news coverage and social media to highlight the lack of food and water for both residents and first responders.

“The Hoopa Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services would like to thank all those that collaborated and donated this large amount of water to help our fire fighters do their jobs best,” said Serene Hayden, director of emergency services for Hoopa Valley, Calif.

Since the rapid growth of these fires, Core-Mark has donated water to Cal Fire, Yolo County and the U.S. Forest Service.

South San Francisco-based Core-Mark offers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions to about 45,000 customer locations in the United States and Canada through 32 primary distribution centers. The company services traditional convenience-store retailers, grocers, drug, liquor and specialty stores and other stores that carry convenience products.

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