July '20

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RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION July 2020 • RV PRO • 61 Sensata Donates Masks to Industry Members Sensata Technologies/Magnum's Director Karl Westenfield had con- tacted Future Sales about a plan to help ensure the safety of employees, family members, and business partners during the coronavirus pandemic. The decreasing supplies of face masks has led to many people needing to work without taking advantage of the best essential safety practices for their protection. In response to this dilemma, Sensata acquired a large shipment of three-ply disposable personal-grade masks manufactured in an FDA- and CE-certified facility on April 29. The intention was to donate 20,000 masks that would be dispersed across many OEMs in an attempt to help communities battling the COVID-19 crisis. Sensata asked Future Sales (its sales representative) to help disperse the masks to each facility in the Elkhart area. Each OEM will receive up to 2,000 masks along with a letter from Sensata Technologies so that workers can be supported in their preparation to stop the virus. Masks were delivered via next-day air and with POs to arrive to OEMs soon after. Future Sales and Sensata leaders say they are hopeful that when the industry opens back up, this initiative will help support the health and safety of the communities' workers one mask at a time. Future Sales has reached out to the city of Nappanee to see if any Amish communities were in need of masks because so many of them work in factories and go home to their families. The company is hoping to provide them about 500 masks. OEMs receiving masks included: Tiffin Motorhomes, THOR, REV, Jayco, Dynamax, Forest River and Keystone RV. Thetford Pitching in to Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Thetford is known for its mobile sanitation and refrigeration products, specifically for the RV, marine, and camping markets. But with the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Thetford is using its supplies to ensure hand sanitizer reaches neighboring com- munities in need. Thetford recently donated more than 4,400 bottles and sprayers to a local partner, Ugly Dog Distillery, which creates the FDA-approved sanitizer solution. Pint-sized bottles are being given out for free at the distillery and bulk orders can be placed by frontline organizations and essential businesses. "We still have several bottle deliveries that are being prepared for shipment," says Barry Eckel, Thetford's executive vice pres- ident, The Americas. "At Thetford, we are proud to do our part in aiding the community during this difficult time, and we are thankful for partners like Ugly Dog Distillery, who are using their capabilities and partnering with us to help make a difference." One of the many businesses that received hand sanitizer is the St. Louis Center, a residential community that cares for adults and children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, located in Chelsea, Mich. "In times of crisis, it's important for us to do what we can to help the community," says Eckel. "Michigan is one of the most affected states across the country. As a company proudly headquartered in the southeast corner of the state, we feel it's our duty to contribute and help reduce the spread of the virus." Ugly Dog Distillery team members are pictured with hand sanitizer the company created and bottled with bottles donated by Thetford. A Sensata team member packages face masks for delivery to OEMs to protect their workers.

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