After 28 Days on the Job Making COVID-19 Protective Gear, Workers Head Home

After being on the job for almost a month, employees at a Pennsylvania plant are finally able to go home.

More than 40 workers at Braskem America decided to be away from their families to eat, sleep, and live at the facility where they make equipment for health care workers.

The group worked 12-hour long shifts with only the TV and the occasional drive-by from family as their only outside contact.

Braskem operations shift supervisor Joe Boyce says the group was split into two shifts to make polypropylene, a fiber that is used in making N95 masks, hospital gowns and sanitary wipes.

He says that the nearly month long separation was worth it knowing they made some difference in the battle against the virus.

"All the first responders, all the people on the frontlines, we thank you. That's what makes our job easy to do."

The team gets a week off before returning to a normal work week and Braskem says it is rewarding the employees with a raise.

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