Sitnasuak Sends Aid to Puerto Rico

Sitnasuak Native Corporation (Sitnasuak) continues to send aid to the people of Puerto Rico and expresses dedicated support in the response and recovery from natural disasters that have severely impacted the area. Sitnasuak has a wholly-owned subsidiary, SNC Technical Services, LLC (SNCT), with over 800 employees based in Puerto Rico.

Last month, Hurricanes Irma and Maria together ravaged the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico by displacing many people and families to shelters, cutting electrical power and communications across the island, and creating flooding.

SNCT operations provide important economic opportunities for our employees and their families in Puerto Rico. SNCT is proudly one of the largest American manufacturers of uniforms and tactical gear for the men and women serving in the U.S. military. SNCT is comprised of two plants – one in Camuy on the north side of the island, and one in Orocovis on the central part of the island.

To date, Sitnasuak’s current aid to provide relief and recovery includes providing shelter to forty-four (44) families in our facilities, providing daycare for employee's children in our cafeterias, chartering buses to pick up employees, and subsidizing meals. Sitnasuak has chartered flights to bring in communications equipment and satellite phones, and is in the process of shipping generators, fuel, camp stoves, water purification systems, ice makers, and other necessary items. Sitnasuak has also donated to the “United for Puerto Rico” organization.

Following Hurricane Maria, SNCT facilities re-opened on September 26, 2017 by utilizing backup generators for electricity. With fuel supplies now running low, Sitnasuak President & CEO Bobbi Quintavell is reaching out to the Alaska congressional delegation for assistance to strengthen partnerships with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to obtain fuel and other forms of assistance for use in the recovery efforts. According to CEO Quintavell, “We have been able to provide our 800 plus employees and their families some sense of normalcy amidst all the uncertainty on the island simply by being able to open our doors for business, but this is at risk if we can’t replenish our fuel supply to power generators and cooking equipment. Although we have mobilized management teams in Alaska and Puerto Rico, we need partnerships to help our people and Corporate family.”

Sitnasuak is headquartered in Nome, Alaska, with operations in Nome, Anchorage, Wasilla, California, Virginia and Puerto Rico.  Sitnasuak’s family of companies and brands include Bonanza Fuel, Bonanza Express, Fidelity Title, Mat-Su Title, Nanuaq, Mocean, SNC Technical Services, and Sitnasuak Construction Services.  SNC is one of the Alaska Native village corporations created in 1971 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).  Today, Sitnasuak is the largest of 16 village corporations in the Bering Straits region with over $130 million in annual revenues.  Sitnasuak is owned by almost 2,900 Alaska Native shareholders.  For additional information on Sitnasuak as well as our business products and services, please visit our web site at www.snc.org or like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Sitnasuak/.