Despite being impacted themselves by the COVID-19 pandemic, NetPlus Alliance preferred suppliers and distributor members used their resources to help other businesses, first responders and healthcare workers.
Southwire donated $1 million to pandemic-related causes. “Our commitment to expand our giving efforts to help support COVID-19 relief builds upon our company’s principle of supporting those in need with our time, talent and financial resources, and we are pleased to join others who share this vision as we all continue to respond to this global challenge,” said Rich Stinson, Southwire’s president and CEO.
Adams Supply focused on helping their local healthcare facilities. A. Adams Supply sold PPE from NetPlus Supplier Gateway Safety at reduced margins and donated some to local medical facilities. Manager Jack Enns feels that healthcare professionals should not have to take out of their own pockets to provide for the comfort and safety of themselves and their coworkers. Adams Supply intends to continue to donate shipments of PPE as it is available.
Weisser Distributing wanted to boost employee morale. They brought in local food trucks and ordered delivery biweekly from local restaurants. They also provided snacks and baked goods that the staff could bring home. “We appreciate our employees coming in to work every day and we know that their families sacrifice a lot,” said Bob Weisser, president of Weisser Distributing. The company also sourced PPE for their community’s essential workers.
Stanley Black & Decker launched a $10 million COVID-19 philanthropic outreach program. The money was divided between nonprofit organizations helping with pandemic efforts, creating an employee emergency relief fund and donation matching program, as well as purchasing PPE for frontline healthcare workers and first responders in the communities where they operate.
Bosch took to social media to seek out companies in need. Their “Bosch Has Your Back” Twitter campaign gave away 10 jobsite kits. “Many job sites continue to be active in this crisis, as building work is essential to our communities,” said Sonesh Shah, head of marketing and digital for Bosch Power Tools North America. “We want to celebrate and bring attention to those continuing to work.”
Radians donated thousands of N95 masks to local counties. “Radians Memphis sent 2,400 N95 masks to help the Thomasville community, including the Fire Department, County Sheriff’s Department and the Hospice of Davidson County,” shared their vice president of operations Philip Young.
ORS Nasco and MEDCO was one of 32 industrial supply retailers and wholesale distributor executives invited to attend a meeting at the White House focused on keeping the supply chain for PPE open. Discussions highlighted how it is critical for the private sector and all levels of government to work together to mitigate the effects of this pandemic.
“This public-private partnership is focused and intent on flattening the curve and prioritizing the health of all citizens. I’m so proud of the 1,150 associates across both ORS Nasco and MEDCO; they are at the epicenter of mitigating this crisis,” said Kevin Short, CEO.
Please email us about how you are giving back during the pandemic. Thank you for serving your communities during this challenging time.