Pictured above, Alene employee Tuan Chau assembles a face shield.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2020
Milford, NH – Alene Candles is normally focused on making high quality candles for customers around the world, but when COVID-19 struck the US, their focus shifted to targeting the most immediate needs for PPE in the community. They had the people, space and capabilities ready to work, so they decided to produce face shields. For their first production run of 10,000, they bought the materials they could find like elastic and foam, then received a generous donation of plastic materials from a producer in Biddeford, ME in exchange for a donation of 3,000 face shields to go back to Maine’s community of first responders and hospitals. They agreed, and decided to donate all of the face shields they assembled.
“There was a lot of demand – nursing homes and even hospitals that just couldn’t afford to buy them. So we narrowed our sites to make an impact on the most under-served organizations in our community, following the hierarchy of those most in need,” said Rod Harl, President & CEO of Alene Candles. Since the third week in March, Alene has produced and donated over 60,000 face shields to hospitals, local health care workers, emergency first responders, nursing homes and visiting nurses associations across the state of New Hampshire and New England.
Alene Candles, one of the nation’s leading full-service contract and private-label candle manufacturers, has transformed its Milford, NH-based production facility so it can assemble face shields to donate to first responders and healthcare facilities in New Hampshire and Maine. Pictured above, Alene employee Josh Rowsey packs up face shields. On the right, a completed face shield.
For more information, please visit https://www.alene.com/.