INEOS, the world’s largest chemical manufacturer, wanted to join the nationwide, multi-industry effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Recognizing that hand sanitizer was an absolutely essential need for hospitals and healthcare workers on the front lines, INEOS stepped up in a big way to meet this need: by building two dedicated manufacturing plants in the US an donating tens of thousands of gallons to hospitals across the country.
Beginning in April at the Arkansas plant, INEOS diverted considerable resources to produce and bottle approximately 8,000 gallons of hand sanitizer. Together with outreach and coordination efforts from Healthcare Ready, INEOS made shipments to Illinois, Arkansas, Maryland, New York, Ohio, and New Jersey, where the hand sanitizer was then re-distributed to hospitals and other medical facilities in dire need.
This first 8,000-gallon batch was so successful that INEOS announced that it would be producing three more batches throughout the month of May. With the help of Healthcare Ready, this incredible donation is made its way to Texas, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Georgia, Virginia, and more. All told, over 24,000 gallons of sanitizer were donated to nineteen (19) state and county emergency management agencies to distribute to hospitals and healthcare facilities, four (4) hospital associations, and three (3) state primary care associations, resulting in donations to hundreds of facilities across the country.
INEOS diverted resources for more than just hand sanitizer, though. In response to the PPE needs of emergency medical services, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA donated enough Polypropylene polymer to make injection-molded headbands for 20,000 medical face shields. The face shields will be designed by a Herman Miller Product Development Senior Engineer and distributed by Herman Miller and Herman Miller Cares. The company repurposed resources normally used for office furniture to make this vital piece of protective equipment for front-line workers using essential raw materials from INEOS.
Sources: INEOS – Hand Sanitizer | INEOS – Face Shields