COVID-19 Community Relief; Personal Protective Equipment Donation
March & April, 2020
During these unprecedented times it is essential for our communities to support each other. Due to recent events there has been a distinct shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) affecting our local and national healthcare providers.
In March 2020, CMA Corporate Headquarters Plant in Tacoma, WA was pleased to donate 240 N95 medical grade masks to help ease the Pierce County medical providers’ burden. Pierce County is working hard to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and we are grateful for this chance to support our community.
The same month our Decatur, AL Plant donated N95 masks, safety glasses, and over glasses to the nearby Genesis Healthcare Cypress Cove Center. A healthcare facility that provides short term post-acute, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and long-term care services. Before the outbreak we partnered with the annual "Barrels of Love" and was able to collect 5,672 non-perishable food items; a record setting year! With demand high due to the ongoing pandemic, we were thankful for the opportunity to help fill our local food banks.
In April our Spartanburg, SC Plant donated PPE to the local Emergency Planning Committee in Spartanburg County. The PPE, including 200 N95 respirators and 50 pairs of safety glasses, will be utilized to offset shortages within the healthcare community.
The CMA leadership team continues to work with all information available to keep our employees and their families healthy. We have been working diligently to protect the health of our employees with masks, gloves, temperature taking, social distancing, and cleaning activities.
Together, CMA would like to send a huge thank you to medical staff and first responders!
2020 Economic Visionaries Event
March 12, 2020
Spartanburg Community College Foundation (SCCF) hosted the 4th annual Economic Visionaries event on March 12, 2020 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This event is held to honor the businesses, innovators and leaders who help transform the Upstate of South Carolina.
For the first time, Toray CMA Spartanburg was honored as one of four recipients for this year’s award. During the ceremony, Mrs. Amy Wood, a local Emmy-Award winning TV anchor, presented each award preceded by a video of the winning company. Mary Willard, CMA Spartanburg plant’s HR/GA Manager received the trophy on behalf of the company from Spartanburg Community College President, Mr. Henry C Giles. The other award winners included Piedmont Natural Gas, Bank of America, and Milliken & Company.
Proceeds from SCCF’s Economic Visionaries event support student emergency funds, student book fund requests and general scholarships administered by the Foundation. CMA Spartanburg Plant was happy to be one of the Inventor level sponsors for the event. The relationship between Spartanburg Community College and CMA Spartanburg Plant began during initial construction of the plant in Spartanburg when they were gracious enough to allow CMA offices to be housed in the SCC Tyger River Campus just up the road from the construction site.
We are very honored to receive the award and will continue to make efforts to contribute to Spartanburg Community College and the community.
Piedmont Regional Science Fair Judge Volunteering
March 3, 2020
On March 3, 2020 a team of 5 from CMA Spartanburg joined the Rotary Club of Spartanburg, several area colleges and businesses, and the University of South Carolina Upstate to insure the success of the Annual Piedmont Regional Science Fair. The collaborative event serves the South Carolina counties of Chester, Cherokee, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union and York students from public, private, and home schools. The event displays the work of around 800 young minds. The event organizers tasked CMA employees with judging hundreds of elementary and middle school projects based in behavioral and social science, biology, chemistry, physics, general science, math, and computer science. The high school students even got the opportunity to explain their creations.
This gave us a unique opportunity to interact socially with the future scientific talent in the area. The winner of the Piedmont Region III Science Fair will go on to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries.
Our plant began production in July of 2019 so we are still considered new in this area. While this is only the second year CMA has participated in the event, the volunteers greeted us with; “weren’t you here last year,” and “oh you work for Toray, right?” Showing that we are becoming part of the community!