More and more people around the world are working to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and Honda is joining forces with General Motors to do the same. These two carmakers recently decided to use an existing Honda and General Motors partnership to produce nearly 12,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to for both their own facilities throughout the United States and for healthcare workers on the frontlines battling this virus.
The companies’ existing Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (FCSM) team is using their own facility in Brownstown, Michigan, to produce the hand sanitizer. They have repurposed equipment usually used for developing fuel-cell fuel stacks for future hydrogen-powered vehicles to do so.
Currently, Honda has donated 3,750 nine-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer to a variety of healthcare facilities throughout Ohio and Michigan. The carmakers plan to donate nearly 75 percent of the hand sanitizer output to various healthcare facilities throughout North America.
“It is inspiring to see how the automotive industry continues to find new and innovative ways to help society during this crisis,” said Cathy McEvilly, senior vice president and general counsel of Honda North America, Inc. “The commitment shown by Honda associates and their counterparts at GM is a source of pride to us and we are happy to provide something to help the brave health care professionals fighting this pandemic every day.”
Honda will provide 1,500 gallons of hand sanitizer to its own manufacturing plants to keep employees safe. Packaging for this product was given to the partnership by Packaging Corporation of America.
Around the world, countries have gone on lockdown due to COVID-19. North America is no exception to this, which is why Honda has decided to lend a helping hand in this time of need. The carmaker recently announced a pledge of $1 million to help its associates, customers, and communities throughout North America.
With this pledge, the brand hopes to help community food banks and meal programs throughout the country, providing these organizations with critical items to support those in need.
Along with the $1 million, Honda has also promised to match up to $1,000 for each individual gift that Honda associates make to local food programs.
“We are focusing our societal response on three vital and immediate human needs,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of Honda North America. “We are addressing food insecurity at a time when many families are struggling, investigating the potential to use our manufacturing know-how to produce medical equipment to help those battling COVID-19, and deploying our associate ‘virtual volunteers,’ to help people in need.”
Honda is also working to provide personal protective equipment to healthcare providers on the front line. It has donated N-96 masks and is currently partnering with other companies to help produce critical medical equipment. It has even repurposed 3D printers to help create protective face shields.
For its employees, Honda is providing a new temporary paid personal leave of absence program. This program provides employees with the ability to receive full pay for up to 10 non-production business days.
To learn more about how all of us at Honda of Tiffany Springs are making your health and safety our number one priority, or to learn more about Honda’s COVID-19 relief program, don’t hesitate to give us a call.