More than 40 employees lived at their plant for 28 days to make material to protect health care workers

For the first time in almost a month, the workers at a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant got to clock out and go home. More than 40 employees had volunteered to spend 28 days at the Braskem America plant in Marcus Hook, to help in a marathon effort to make material needed for personal protective medical equipment.

The crew worked 12-hour shifts and were surprised by occasional drive-ins from their loved ones. Braskem also set up a live-in rotation to help ensure the safety of the team. “We’ve almost been the lucky ones, I’ll say for the last 28 days because I haven’t had to stand six feet from somebody. I haven’t had to put a mask on,” said shift supervisor Joe Boyce.

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