- FGIA Member Companies Meet Critical Needs During COVID-19
April 27, 2020
FGIA Member Companies Meet Critical Needs During COVID-19
With the spread of COVID-19, many are looking for ways to help those on the front lines. The same is true for those in the fenestration and glazing industry. Several FGIA member companies are stepping up to do what they can to assist, whether it means donating funds and supplies or shifting gears to manufacture things like Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other crucial items.
“It has been incredibly gratifying to see our members adapt quickly and efficiently during a time of crisis, both here in North America and globally,” said FGIA Executive Director Janice Yglesias. “We are proud of the work the FGIA membership is doing to help.”
Here is a roundup of what some FGIA members are doing.
Pella Corporation: Pella is working to produce up to 400 face shields per day through their corporate 3D printing capabilities, all of which will be donated to Marion County Public Health and Marion County Emergency Management to be distributed to county hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and first responders.
Katerra: In an effort to distribute critical supplies to front line workers across the nation, Katerra donated thousands of masks and PPE to hospitals in California and Michigan and is exploring ways to support the rapid construction of hospitals in India and the U.S.
H.B. Fuller: This member is connecting customers from all industries with solutions that allow them to adjust, reconfigure or add operational pieces so that they can produce medical supplies, like face shields, quickly.
St. Cloud Window: In response to the need for PPE and face shields, St. Cloud Window’s 3D printer is running around the clock to create visors, which are then sent to another team in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, to assemble the complete product, sterilize and package them for distribution to local hospitals.
DuPont: DuPont is partnering with UPS to help deliver PPE throughout the U.S. where it’s most severely needed. Additionally, their site in Bomlitz, Germany set up a disinfectant production line in less than 10 days and just completed the first deliveries to support local hospitals, companies and other institutions in their fight against COVID-19.
Sherwin-Williams: This company donated 3,000 much-needed N-95 masks to the Cleveland Division of Emergency Medical Service in Cleveland, OH. On top of this, they also donated gloves and have transitioned into making hand sanitizer, donating it to those most in need.
Henkel: Henkel has donated more than 40,000 liters of bleach and 50,000 personal hygiene products to the Spanish Red Cross. This donation will go to the Red Cross Response3 Plan against COVID-19. Additionally, the company’s Dubai team is producing hand sanitizer to donate to hospitals there.
UL: UL is offering a free Safety Data Sheet for both of the WHO-recommended hand sanitizer formulas. Download a copy of this free SDS.
PGT Innovations: PGT Innovations is partnering with SunCoast Blood Centers in response to the blood supply shortage caused by COVID-19. SunCoast is offering PGT team members a way to quickly and safely volunteer to donate blood, a much-needed resource during this time.
Hydro: The team at the company’s Albras plant is supporting the Barcarena community in Brazil by donating former employee quarters to help the fight against COVID-19. Local administrators will install all necessary hospital equipment to help treat critically ill patients.
BASF North America: This company partnered with GM to donate much-needed items to hospitals in Michigan, including hand sanitizer, coveralls, gloves and safety glasses.
INEOS: INEOS’s hand sanitizer plant is now up and running in France, making one million bottles of the product per month. They are providing it to hospitals free of charge.
Eastman Chemical Co.: This company donated material to companies in Brazil to produce more than 20,000 face shields for hospitals in southeast Brazil.