In the Spanish city of Reus, some employees volunteered for welfare organizations or delivered food to the elderly and offered to chat to elderly and lonely people over the phone. After all, as far as ElringKlinger is concerned, it is not just the company that is important – it is the whole local area the site is in, be this Alberton in South Africa, Sevelen in Switzerland, or Dettingen/Erms in Germany. This is because people can only harness the full potential of their strengths in an atmosphere that is full of appreciation and respect. In Italy, where the pandemic had a devastating impact in March that put the whole of the rest of Europe on red alert, the plant was forced to shut at short notice to prevent an outbreak within the company. After setting up a task force that shared information and introduced measures that gave the ElringKlinger family as much protection as possible, the plant was able to resume production in May 2020.
The coronavirus situation in North and South America was also especially challenging.
As in Europe and Asia, the staff at the sites in the United States and Canada had to work together to combat the spread of the virus and its consequences. For instance, all employees and visitors in Burford, USA, were – and still are – required to pass through a full-body thermal scanner that takes their temperature. However, people are not just thinking about what is happening on the plant premises: staff are also supporting their socially vulnerable relatives and neighbors. Some are lending a hand in care homes, while others are looking after elderly relatives or helping to serve food to the homeless and socially vulnerable.
Mexico has also been affected by the global pandemic. ElringKlinger’s Toluca site has not managed to prevent infections in the workforce despite taking extensive precautions. In fact, the site was hit so hard that four employees sadly lost their struggle against the virus, a somber moment for their colleagues and a devastating blow for their friends and families. You lose a family member, a colleague, a fellow human being, a friend.
Especially in a situation like this, you stick together: to help ease the families’ pain, colleagues at the plant showed their solidarity by providing them with financial support on their own initiative. This ensured that they would not have any money worries on top of their emotional anguish.
The Mexican plant in Toluca always places great emphasis on social engagement. As in previous years, employees donated more than 200 blankets to care home residents in need to keep them warm through the cold winter. And the youngest are not forgotten either: over 1,000 toys were given out to children at Epiphany. This is how staff show what is important to ElringKlinger: each site is like a family. Loyalty, responsibility, reliability, and mutual appreciation are what counts – in Toluca just as it is at all other ElringKlinger sites around the world.