The Hershey Company Commits $1 Million To Production Of Disposable Facemasks
May 04, 2020 at 06:15 AM EDT
Converting operations to support communities is latest step in the company’s COVID-19 response
SOURCE: The Hershey CompanyDESCRIPTION:
HERSHEY, Pa., May 4, 2020, /3BL Media/ The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) has announced that it is committing $1 million to acquire, install and staff a new manufacturing line dedicated to the production of facemasks. The new line, which will be capable of producing up to 45,000 masks per day, will become operational near the end of May.
“Supporting our communities in difficult times is part of our legacy, and an important value that our current employees share,” said Michele Buck, President and CEO. “From the building projects that created local jobs during the Great Depression, to producing military rations during World War II, we take great pride in making a difference where we can.”
Leveraging its internal engineering capabilities, and its relationships with equipment manufacturer JR Automation and General Motors, who is making similar masks, the company is moving quickly to address the nationwide shortage of protective equipment.
“Disposable masks will be an integral piece of protecting the health and safety of our employees, their families and our community as we move forward over the weeks and months ahead,” said Jason Reiman , Chief Supply Chain Officer. “Changing how we work, and adding this capability is a testament to the adaptability of our team, and our desire to make a difference.”
Converting operations to address a critical need is the latest step in the company’s ongoing efforts to support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, Hershey has donated millions in cash and product to benefit community safety net organizations and a variety of healthcare organizations, while simultaneously supporting employee safety and wellbeing.
Supporting Basic Needs
Caring for Caregivers
In addition to its local healthcare efforts, Hershey continues to work closely with Milton Hershey School, providing product donations, rallying employees to provide messages of support to students, and continuing to provide virtual guest speakers for the school’s award-winning Hershey Honors Business program.
Supporting Employee Health and Security
“Hershey’s remarkable employees are the first and foremost priority during this extraordinary time,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Chris Scalia. “They not only make it possible to maintain our operations as a critical piece of our communities’ food supply, but also exemplify our commitment to excellence, safety and our belief that we are stronger together.”
Providing Economic Wellbeing Across the Value Chain
“Caring for communities is not about taking any single action,” added Buck. “It’s a combination of many people taking many actions from a place of shared values and a sense of responsibility for one another. It’s one of the many things I cherish about leading the remarkable women and men of The Hershey Company.”
To learn more about The Hershey Company’s community response, click here.
About The Hershey Company
For more than 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on helping children succeed.
To learn more visit www.thehersheycompany.com
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