Several Companies Make Donations to Aid COVID-19 Relief Efforts

As part of the world’s collective effort to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, several companies have provided contributions to help medical professionals and others in their communities. Both Eastman and the Quanex Foundation, among others, have provided support to their local communities.

Eastman donated 3,000 square meters of material to ETC, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of lighting and rigging technology, which is manufacturing face shields, which will be delivered locally and nationally.

“We’re extremely proud to contribute materials to ETC for this important cause,” says Jim Bowen, Eastman site manager. “I am proud of how our teams stepped up to deliver the materials quickly and safely so our local healthcare workers can be as safe as possible on the frontlines of this pandemic.”

The Quanex Foundation is also working to support its local communities impacted by the coronavirus. The company’s $500,000 donation was spread among 40 local organizations, including food pantries, shelters and first responders that are providing essential services to their communities.

“We’re always proud to support Quanex hometowns by donating to local non-profits annually. And, during these challenging times, we knew we needed to do more,” says Paul Cornett, chairman of the Quanex Foundation and senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Quanex Building Products. “We are proud to support so many organizations and heroes across the country who are working tirelessly to provide food, shelter and safety to those who need it most.”

The Quanex Foundation has been in place for nearly 50 years, with a mission of giving back to the communities where Quanex operates. In connection with this giving initiative, individual donations to local charities in Quanex hometowns ranged from $7,500 to $15,000. Plant managers at each Quanex location delivered the donations in early May. The Quanex Foundation also expects to make its usual annual donations in September.

AGC to Close Poma Glass and Specialty Windows

Poma Glass and Specialty Windows Inc., an AGC residential fabrication plant in Boardman, Ohio, will close this month. According to the state’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) listing, 57 employees will be laid off starting July 25, 2020 as a result of the closing.

WARN requires companies with at least 50 full-time employees to file a notice of a mass layoff or a closing 90 days prior.

Michael Antonucci, Poma Glass president, said in the WARN filing that the company’s workers are not represented by a union. The Ohio plant specialized in fabricating residential doors and windows, according to the company’s website. The company’s Boardman, Ohio, location is one of seven plants operated by AGC Glass North America, which is based in Alpharetta, Ga.

Aquaview Fencing Launches Glass Railing Division

Aquaview Fencing, an architectural safety fencing company, has launched a glass railing division. This new subset of the company will focus entirely on its line of glass safety railings to meet the design and safety needs of the multifamily and hospitality industries.

“We have created this safety railings division in response to the growing demand within the industry,” says CEO Jordan Goodman. “Having recently completed some high-profile constructions, including the Channel Club Luxury Apartments in New York, the Oleander Apartments in Atlanta, and 800 N. High Street in Columbus, Ohio, we wanted to open up these design offerings to all developments looking to modernize their aesthetic with glass.

Kansas Secretary of State Inspects Voting Shields at Binswanger Glass

Binswanger Glass is fabricating more than 2,000 polycarbonate shields for polling locations to use in the 2020 primary and general elections. In response, Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab visited Binswanger Glass’ Topeka, Kan., location in June to meet with company representatives, tour the facility and answer questions from the press.

“Kansas received $4.6 million in federal funding to help states prepare for, prevent and respond to the coronavirus pandemic for the 2020 Federal election cycle,” said Schwab. “Approximately $1 million of that funding is being used to procure PPE equipment, like polycarbonate shields, to protect Kansas voters, volunteers and workers in the 2020 elections.”

Schwab met with Binswanger branch manager Jason Tomlinson and regional director of operations Travis Greenwald to review the ongoing efforts to produce and deliver the polycarbonate shields to each of Kansas’ 105 counties.

“No one in Kansas should be afraid to vote,” said Tomlinson. “We’re helping provide an added layer of protection to voters and the community. The barriers are not intrusive, and they provide a safer way for the public to vote.”

The ¼-inch thick barriers are 24 inches wide, and 42 inches high, with two ½-inch thick legs held on by 2-inch screws. The kit can be assembled in a few minutes with a screwdriver.

“The shields protect voters and officials from coming in direct, face-to-face contact,” said Greenwald. “The right to vote is the foundation of democracy. Our team couldn’t be prouder to protect the public and help them exercise their civic duty and freedom to vote.”


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