Hypertherm North America – Keeping us Safe Out in the Field
Everyone knows that the Upper Valley is a special place to live. Maybe it’s something in the air, but folks in our region just can’t stop caring for their neighbors and our partners at Hypertherm North America are no exception. Since the start of the quarantine back in March, they have been at the ready to support their associates as they provide their essential work in a safe environment. They recognized that providing the proper protective gear, combined with well-planned hygiene and social distancing, was the key to keeping everyone safe and healthy. They also recognized that there are workers outside of Hypertherm who didn’t have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that would allow them to safely return to their workplaces.
Hypertherm North America is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial equipment. Starting on March 27 Hypertherm pivoted their work and ramped up production of protective face shields that could be donated to area nonprofits and other businesses. Since then, Hypertherm has generously donated 32, 799 shields to hard-working organizations like the Upper Valley Haven, Hartford Restorative Justice Center, BAYADA Home Health Care, area police departments and first responders just to name a few.
Granite United Way was a lucky recipient of 200 shields that were shared with staff, like the Work United team, so that they could reestablish valuable direct service work across our six regions.
“Face to face interactions are key to the success of Work United.” Said Pru Pease, Director of Work United, “Building relationships is what we’re all about and these new shields will make it possible to get back to work with our clients.”