How We’re Supporting Our Customers, Employees, and Communities During this Difficult Time
At Suncast, we take pride in creating smart solutions that make people’s lives easier, whether you’re at home or on the job. Needless to say, life has gotten a lot more complicated over the past few months due to the impact of COVID-19. In this unprecedented and challenging moment, we are doing everything in our power to ease the burden on our customers, our employees, and the communities we serve.
Along with the rest of the world, we are closely monitoring information on the spread of COVID-19 and developing appropriate action plans in accordance with all governmental guidelines. We are focused on meeting customer needs while doing our part to keep our employees and the community safe.
Suncast and many of our retail partners—such as Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Ace Hardware, and Amazon—have been designated as essential businesses. We will therefore remain open and continue to support the supply chain. Our manufacturing and distribution staffs will continue to operate out of our three Illinois facilities, while all non-essential office staff will continue to work from home.
In addition to our obligations to our customers, we also have a responsibility to help flatten the curve. We implemented processes and procedures to protect our workforce, their families, and the greater community. We took the following steps in February to help accomplish this goal:
Mandatory temperature checkpoints outside all facilities
Gloves and masks provided to all on-site employees
Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout all facilities
Touchless sinks and toilets installed in all restrooms
All touchpoints in all facilities sanitized every hour
Outside sanitation company disinfecting high-traffic areas once a week
Strict social distancing protocols implemented in all facilities
Free COVID-19 testing and treatment available to all employees
Free telemedicine resource available to all employees
Suspended all commercial travel
Employees who can work from home are doing so
“Suncast has always put the safety and security of the work force first and foremost. Naturally, that philosophy would translate courageously and seamlessly to their protection during the midst of a global pandemic. Our immediate actions shout to our employees, our customers, our community that Suncast can be counted on to always do the right thing." Mary Ann Mings, Vice President Human Resources/Corporate Responsibility and Compliance at Suncast
Many of the products we manufacture every day are used by hospitals and healthcare facilities that diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients. As of April 20, 2020, our Commercial Division has converted production lines in order to help meet the ongoing demand for personal protective equipment among first responders and medical personnel.
The lines will instead produce one-size-fits-all face shields, a portion of which has been donated to local Chicago-area hospitals including Loyola University Medical Center, Northwestern Medicine’s Delnor Hospital, and Rush University Medical Center. The face shields will also be distributed to other essential workers, such as hospital chaplains.
“We originally planned to introduce our line of PPE products in the fall of 2020,” says Thomas Tisbo, CEO and President of Suncast. “However, we knew we had the opportunity and ability to move more quickly to help meet the critical demand impacting communities across the country right now.”