NatureWorks and the Corona Crisis

Here's a letter sent to Natureworks customers and partners.

Over the last several months we have all seen one of the most challenging and unprecedented global pandemics unfold in COVID-19.

For us at NatureWorks, the health and safety of our employees and their families is foremost in our minds.

I want to thank the NatureWorks team for embracing the many ways in which we have changed how we do business and for tirelessly working to maintain safe operations at our facilities.

As a part of the critical essential infrastructure, we take seriously our responsibility to deliver our materials on time as promised to the global supply chains that rely on them.

To accomplish this goal, we have implemented a broad set of policies to ensure that we protect the health and safety of our employees, while effectively operating our facilities.

Our manufacturing plant in Blair, NE is running very well, including setting a new polymer production record in March.

Due to the high degree of automation within our facility, we are able to maintain production levels while practicing effective social distancing.

At our headquarters, applications development lab, and in remote offices, we have enabled our colleagues who can work remotely to be able to do so.

Our leadership team continues to assess our plans on a daily basis as the crisis evolves to ensure both safety and continuity.

Across NatureWorks, we remain committed to our mission to meet the challenges of our partners and a changing world by creating more responsible high-performance materials for a more sustainable future.

As we collaborate with our downstream industries like 3D printing and nonwovens, it is clear that with the right partnerships, passion, and dedication to invention throughout our supply chains, we can begin to address the shortage of critical personal protective equipment needed to protect healthcare workers on the front lines of this pandemic.

I am certain that when this time passes, we will look back with pride and gratitude that we were able to work together to take care of our customers, our communities, and each other exactly when it was needed the most.


Rich Altice

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