Battery supplier donates over 50,000 masks

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From left to right: Scott Corbin, director of emergency management and homeland security for Allegan County; Jason Allen, safety, health and environmental manager for LG Chem Michigan Inc.; and Nick Bonstell, director of emergency management for Ottawa County. Courtesy LG Chem Michigan Inc.

Holland-based LG Chem Michigan Inc. announced it donated over 50,000 masks to local and state first responders.

The company donated 12,000 masks to Holland Hospital, 6,000 to Holland Public Safety, 4,000 to American Medical Response and 2,000 to both the Ottawa County and Allegan County health departments. In addition to local contributions, LGCMI donated another 30,000 masks to the state of Michigan. Those have been directed to the Muskegon County Emergency Department.

“We recognize that beating COVID-19 will take collective action from our community, business leaders and government. LG Chem Michigan is proud to be part of that effort,” said Jeremy Hagemeyer, human resources director of LG Chem Michigan.

The Holland-based automotive supplier of lithium-ion battery cells and packs typically utilizes the standard medical-grade masks during their cleanroom production process. However, LGCMI ceased production in alignment with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders. When the company received an additional shipment of masks last week, the safety team developed a plan for donation distribution.

“We wanted to focus our donations on first responders. We are incredibly grateful for the work they are doing to protect our community,” said Jason Allen, LGCMI safety, health and environmental manager. “We can’t wait to have our team back doing what we love, but until that time, we are honored to do our part in protecting our community and our neighbors.”

This is the second time LG Chem Michigan donated masks during the pandemic. LGCMI donated 9,000 masks to local resources last month.

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