While our employees are currently being cautioned to stay at least six feet away from their neighbors due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they're harnessing their skills in order to continue giving back to their community.
Our employees have a spirit of giving and they're problem solvers. When they heard about the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) from another engineer in town, Smarter Every Day's Destin Sandlin, they were eager to rise to meet the challenge.
Our teleworking employees are continuing to use their engineering skills from home to help keep Huntsville and the surrounding communities strong. On Thursday, April 9, Dynetics donated nearly 1,500 items, including hoods, coveralls, and shoe covers, from our manufacturing inventory to the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce to distribute to medical professionals across the Tennessee Valley.
Many Dynetics employees have taken part in 3D printing classes offered through Dynetics University, our employee professional development program. When they heard the call for 3D-printed face shields, our vibrant community of makers eagerly donated their time and resources to help keep health providers safe. To date, they have printed more than 400 face shields--and counting.
"In many cases, people don't necessarily see the obvious use case for additive manufacturing, myself included. It doesn't scale well, can be time consuming, expensive," said Adam Kimberlin, Space Solutions Division engineer. "However, in this scenario we were at a critical mass and had so many printers available to us that we were able to immediately start production on hundreds, if not thousands, of fairly simple parts that bought the community time to set up a large scale production, like injection mold production lines." "That wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the Dynetics University and the people that volunteer their time and energy to make those classes happen, as well as the Dynetics employees that have contributed their own personal resources," Kimberlin continued.
While our team provides supplies for those on the frontlines, we are also taking care of our essential employees that are still reporting to our own corporate buildings. Most of our employees are teleworking safely from their homes, but we've had sewn mask donated for our on-site workers that are making sure we are continually serving our customers during this time.
This outreach encourages our employee to connect with our communal partners to find other ways to give back, whether it's giving blood with the American Red Cross or donating to food banks or other nonprofits that they hold close to their hearts. Our team has given over $2,000 in monetary donations, volunteered 25 hours, made 529 medical supplies items, and purchased another 366 medicals items.
All of these donations are made possible through our community outreach initiative, Dynetics Does. This initiatives allows us to build partnerships with organizations, invest in our communities and improve the quality of life for our employees and their families.
Dynetics is also spreading hope on the home front. We've championed Governor Kay Ivey's "Ribbons of Hope" campaign by tying a ribbon around our front tree at our Corporate Headquarters in Cummings Research Park. During the pandemic, Governor Ivey is encouraging the people of Alabama to use ribbons, of any size or color, in support of medical personnel, first responders, and also for one another.
For more than 45 years Dynetics has grown in this community. We're thankful to be able to do our part to flatten the curve, slow the spread, and help protect this community. Dynetics will continue to support our surrounding communities throughout this trying time.