Dart’s Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Updated May 15, 2020

How We’re Helping Our Customers

The US Department of Homeland Security has identified the food and beverage packaging industry as “essential critical infrastructure” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dart takes this responsibility seriously and remains open during this time to serve our customers and provide sanitary food and beverage packaging that reduces the spread of germs.

 

Our dedicated employees come to work to make products that contribute to the health and safety of their communities and the world, and we’re following all CDC guidelines to enable social distancing and keep our people safe. We’re grateful for the crucial part they play in the battle against COVID-19.

 

You can be assured we’re watching this evolving situation closely from both a health and safety and supply chain perspective and will do all we can to meet the needs of our customers in the most timely and efficient manner possible.

 

 

How We’re Helping Our Communities

Our products help healthcare facilities, nursing homes, restaurants and families reduce the spread of germs.

 

But we’re also putting our 60 years of industry knowledge to use – from design and supply to production and delivery – to help our frontline healthcare heroes stay safe while they care for our friends, families and community members.

 

In collaboration with other organizations with the same goal in mind, we’re participating in several projects to help protect the medical community as they battle COVID-19.

Face Shield Production Partnership

 

Face shields, which protect healthcare workers as they care for patients, are in critically short supply. Thanks to one of our longtime customers, Dart recently connected with the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) at Georgia Tech to produce this vital equipment.

 

Giving new meaning to “speed to market,” in less than a week Dart engineers, in conjunction with GCMI, used The Vertical’s (our new technical and innovation center) capabilities to refine a shield design our facilities can mass produce efficiently. Our facility in Urbana, IL, extrudes PET sheeting and ships it to Horse Cave, KY, where Dart employees have the capacity to produce up to 80,000 shield components a day.

Face Shield Donations

 

With the new, efficient face shield design project underway with GCMI, Dart’s Machinery and Tooling Manufacturing (MTM) and Engineering teams in Mason, MI, began producing or sourcing the remaining face shield parts. As a result of their efforts, Dart has donated 5,000 face shields to mid-Michigan’s Sparrow Health System. To date, Dart and our partners have donated about 20,000 face shields to organizations in the US and Mexico to protect healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Material Donation To Produce PPE

 

Our production facility in Leola, PA, donated 20 1,500-pound rolls of plastic sheeting to three companies, including Trekboxx, a California manufacturer that temporarily switched their operations over to make face shields.

 

Our Leola team also designed and produced their own face shields for when an extra layer of PPE is needed. As we’ve seen repeatedly with our dedicated workforce, employees from all corners of Dart have stepped up to take on the unexpected and immediate challenge of COVID-19.

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