Kingchem & Social Responsibility in the Face of Adversity – The Coronavirus Outbreak
Kingchem & Social Responsibility in the Face of Adversity – The Coronavirus Outbreak…
A Message from the CEO:
With the outbreak of the new coronavirus, the people of China found themselves in an unprecedented struggle during the recent Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). All employees of Kingchem would like to express their sincerest gratitude and respect to the medical workers struggling on the front line of the outbreak and, as well, to all others involved in the fight against the virus.
As a responsible global citizen and social enterprise, Kingchem has spared no effort to contribute to controlling the outbreak. For example, the hearts of our American Kingchem Life Science employees were touched as they saw the shortage of supplies in China growing alongside the epidemic. They quickly began organizing the donation of protective materials to the Fuxin branch of the Red Cross of China.
In spite of supplies such as medical masks and protective suits becoming very scarce on the American market, Bryan Rude of our Wisconsin plant, and Peter Jamieson and Ryann Rykowski of our New Jersey office worked very hard to find various types of medical protective equipment from suppliers far and wide. Disregarding high costs and other difficulties, they finally managed to find and purchase more than 500,000 RMB worth of protective supplies.
U.S. employees Guido DeMarco, Peter Jamieson, Ryann Rykowski, Ray Segura, Cathy Penetra, and Carmine Covino all actively contributed to packing pallets and preparing shipping documents. As a result, the first shipment of donations left our Allendale, New Jersey warehouse for China at 7 p.m. on February 5. And, after a prolonged second effort, a second shipment was finally dispatched to China late in the day, February 14.
Details of the first shipment included include:
- 50,000 pairs nitrile gloves
- 800 N95 masks
- 1,200 surgical mask
- 240 hooded protective suits
- 37,450 nuisance masks
While the second batch of donations included:
- 10,000 N95 masks
- 10,200 surgical masks
- 1,000 goggles
- 550 hooded protective suits
I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to everyone involved in the donation by Kingchem Life Science to the fight against the virus by the Fuxin Branch of the Red Cross of China.
Notably, Kingchem’s manufacturing and R&D facilities in China are far from the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak. However, Kingchem quickly set up a business-continuity anti-virus group for epidemic prevention and control, especially at our Kingchem Liaoning Chemical Co., located in the city of Fuxin (Liaoning province) China. The group’s ongoing mission is to organize and inspect our daily epidemic prevention-and-control work in order to ensure that production not only continues but also concurs with related government requirements and regulation during the epidemic.
It is commendable that our plant in Fuxin never shut down during Chinese New Year. Many of our personnel stuck to their work, while others returned to work early to help our company contend with the epidemic and ensure safe, ongoing production (to cite but one example, our manufacturing plant took the safe approach and stopped purchasing all raw materials from Hubei province as soon it was learned that the coronavirus outbreak had occurred in Wuhan). Other employees, unable to return to work, re-started work by email, teleconference and other means. We take this opportunity to express our very sincere thanks to both the management and the entire workforce of our manufacturing and R&D facilities for their efforts during the epidemic.
As we hope things begin to return to normal, I am reminded of the first words of the Kingchem company credo:
Kingchem is committed to serving the life science industry with passion, responsibility, integrity, and a loving heart. We carry out our work with energy, spirit, reliability, and quality standards. We commit to delivering high quality product to each of our customers around the world. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all of humanity…
Our employees, in response to the epidemic, have proven the truth that lies behind our credo.
Chairman and CEO