As a global manufacturer of critical materials for essential industries, Rogers is addressing the implications of COVID-19 at all of our locations around the world. We are proud of what Rogers brings to the coronavirus fight, as we engineer and manufacture products for critical industries that support the global community.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to employee health and well-being during this pandemic. We are ensuring that our Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) and many other functional teams are partnering at the site level so our plants remain operational and safe. In addition to establishing social distancing and disinfection protocols in our plants, we have implemented a mask program and temperature scans for all personnel who enter our sites. Our office staff made a smooth transition to working from home and we are providing them with support resources as they continue to adapt to their virtual work environment.
Our Human Resources team led the implementation of various temporary policies to support employee well-being, including dependent care support, expanded work-from-home policies and incentive pay for essential employees. We have received a positive response from many employees for the changes we made to our sick time, vacation and pay policies to assist them as they care for their families. As an example of our resilience during these times, our Suzhou factories resumed production in February 2020 and have remained fully operational. Our European, South Korean and United States teams are managing the spread of the virus through global crossfunctional collaboration and the sharing of best practices.
As we continue to navigate our way through the global pandemic, Rogers teams are working diligently to serve our customers, including time-sensitive needs for customers who provide products vital to the fight against COVID-19. Our Elastomeric Material Solutions (EMS) team directly supports the medical field by supplying highly engineered materials used to line vial caps for COVID-19 test kits, as well as sealing and gasketing solutions for ventilators and respirators, medical face shields and medical instrument backlighting. EMS also offers a broad range of materials that preserve and protect sensitive products – such as the coronavirus vaccine – at a multitude of temperature levels throughout the cold storage supply chain.
Additionally, as many organizations are shifting towards remote work environments, our Advanced Connectivity Solutions business unit manufactures high frequency materials that enable constant connectivity of technologies critical to the effectiveness of global communication systems. Rogers’ Power Electronic Solutions business unit also helps businesses function efficiently; our ROLINX® busbars run servers to keep data centers operating smoothly and our curamik® substrates in power modules enable commercial and consumer refrigerators to preserve perishable items. We remain committed to keeping the production processes flowing to provide continuous, dependable support for our customers and their end users.
In addition to protecting our employees and maintaining operations for our customers in critical industries, Rogers gave back to our communities. Across the United States, our Supply Chain and EH&S teams worked together to secure a surplus of approximately 20,000 KN95 masks, which we donated to local organizations in our communities. Rogers Suzhou donated 1,000 masks to a local city COVID-19 prevention and control task team in February 2020 during the early pandemic outbreak in China.
Rogers also donated PORON® Comfort insoles to frontline workers serving US communities. In a time when there is more demand of our brave healthcare workers, Rogers is proud to collaborate with our customers to offer high-performance footwear solutions that provide exceptional cushioning and protection needs.