February 9th, 2021

We were informed this morning, February 9th, that a Joliet associate has tested positive for COVID-19. The associate was at the facility earlier today and notified his Supervisor that he was having mild symptoms. He was immediately instructed to depart the facility and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. Two close contacts were identified, both of whom were asked to leave the facility and self-quarantine per Illinois Department of Public Health Guidelines. A thorough disinfection of areas the associates were in contact with has been conducted.

Due to federal health privacy laws, information regarding the associates’ identities cannot be released.

With the potential for increased community spread and potential exposure from travel outside of work, we want to stress the importance of being diligent in safe behaviors in all environments.  Social distancing, hand hygiene, and facial coverings are critical both inside and outside or work to keep our associates and families safe. We will continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure the Joliet site remains a safe and healthy place to work.

It is important to take this time to review these safety precautions which are mandatory while at work:

  • Face Masks: Masks are required and must cover your nose and mouth. Masks should also be worn while in conference rooms.
  • Social Distancing: We must observe strict distancing of [6 feet]. All associates need to take this very seriously to limit exposure. Use video conferencing where possible to limit gatherings during meetings.
  • Daily monitoring of temperatures: Temperatures are checked upon arrival at the site.
  • Personal hygiene: Please continue to observe thorough hand washing procedures and limit face touching, particularly when using shared equipment (including tools, control panels, vending machines, copiers, etc.).
  • Feeling ill: Associates who feel ill should not come to work, under any circumstances. If you feel ill during the workday, please contact your manager immediately.

We continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines and daily cleaning protocol in all common areas, offices, and frequently used areas.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to either of us.


Chidozie B. Nwanojuo
Plant Manager

Julia Herrera
Human Resources Manager