Employees at Covestro's compounding plant in Newark, Ohio, have built a ramp to help a local military veteran.
The site's Covestro Helping Armed Forces Military Personnel (CHAMP) group built the ramp over a two-day period earlier this month. VFW Post 1060 had reached out to the group for a hospitalized veteran who would be released soon and would need to have wheelchair access to his home.
The CHAMP team, whose purpose is to enrich veterans' lives both within and outside of Covestro, gathered donations from employees to purchase materials for the project and install the ramp. The team raised $1,260 from employees to purchase the metal ramp. They then removed existing concrete, built forms and poured new concrete to support the ramp.
Key employees on the project were Melissa Van Balen, Jeremy Bennett, Steve Burgess, Tim Dold, Tim Frisch, Jim Hamilton and Jessica McHugh.
Covestro is a global plastics and chemicals firm based in Leverkusen, Germany, with North American headquarters in Pittsburgh. The firm employs more than 17,000 worldwide and posted sales of more than $13 billion in 2019.