A Texas molder is supporting both its employees and other community businesses by buying lunch at struggling restaurants to treat its workers on Free Food Fridays.
"We are looking how we can spend locally now more than ever. Our biggest focus is to continue to provide jobs, keep our customers happy and help our community during this crisis," said Thomas Houdeshell, president and CEO of All-Plastics, an injection molder with plants in Addison and Kerrville, Texas.
All-Plastics is a supplier to the medical and pharmaceutical markets, so it is an essential manufacturer. It is even hiring during the panedemic.
All-Plastics worked with economic development corporations to identify businesses needing a boost. On Free Food Fridays, the company orders food, which is then distributed in a "grab and go" basis so employees can still maintain social distancing.
The free food also provides an extra incentive to those front-line workers at the company, Houdeshell said.
In addition to supporting restaurants, All-Plastics is sourcing locally from nearby businesses for employee face masks, cleaning supplies, toiletries and other items. It has asked local companies to reach out if they carry something that will be of use.
Houdeshell said the incentive will continue throughout the pandemic.