During the COVID-19 crisis, materials maker Ineos Styrolution Americas has donated $10,000 to food banks in the Chicago area and 650 face shields to medical workers across the U.S.
In a news release, officials with Ineos in Aurora, Ill., said that the firm sent shields made by customer Primex Plastics to hospitals in New York City, Chicago and its surrounding suburbs and the Navajo Nation community in Arizona.
Ineos Styrolution also donated $10,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Northern Illinois Food Bank to help with increased demand.
"No matter where our Ineos Styrolution teams are located around the globe, we always come together," President Alexander Gluck said in the release. "Through acts of community support and donation, we aim to help our frontline workers and vulnerable community members when they need it the most."
Carina Johannessen, an emergency room nurse at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill., thanked Ineos Styrolution for its donation.
"The community support is so very appreciated by us all," she said in the release. "It is a difficult time for the frontlines and knowing that our local companies have our backs — and our faces — means so much to us.
"Not only does it protect us, it provides peace of mind while we work," she added.
Ineos Styrolution is one of the world's largest producers of polystyrene resins and other styrenic materials. The firm employs 3,600 and posted sales of around $5.6 billion in 2019.