Transportation of Alcohol (Ethanol or IPA) Based Hand Sanitizer in the Era of COVID-19

Donating Critical PPE & Supplies to Local Businesses

When so many critical facilities are experiencing a shortage of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies, several Heritage locations have stepped up to share.

An employee from our Interactive team shared that a local Indianapolis-area hospital where his wife works had a PPE shortage; “I received word last night that they are currently running very short on gowns to be used in the areas where they are caring for confirmed cases and are reaching the point of beginning to plan for carrying out their duties with limited or recycled PPE,” he said.

With the help of our Supply Chain Director, we were able to purchase and donate 1,050 protective suits to use in place of medical gowns for hospital personnel to the hospital.

In Benton, Arkansas, our team donated single use aprons, nitrile gloves, N95 masks and alcohol wipes to the  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  In the words of VP Ryan Dossey, “The doctors and nurses on the front line deserve the best support that we as a community have to offer and donating PPE to keep them safe in this fight is of utmost importance in these trying times.”

In East Liverpool, an assisted-living facility near our incinerator was reaching out to local businesses and organizations for help sourcing hand sanitizer, a vital resource in this coronavirus environment. Its supplies were running low, retail stocks were depleted, and its pending orders were uncertain.

After reviewing their inventory, our facility was able to assist by donating several boxes of hand sanitizer. Chris Pherson, President of Heritage Thermal, presented the donation, distanced appropriately, to the facility, which is in neighboring Beaver County, Pa.

We can get through this challenging time by working together and supporting our local communities – if you or your company has a surplus of supplies, please consider donating to local businesses who need it.

Heritage Executives Complete Coronavirus Field Training

Heritage is Ready to Respond: Executives Complete COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disinfection Training to Join Essential Employees in the Field

Our leaders made a commitment that they would never ask our employees to do anything they would not do themselves and during the Coronavirus pandemic, President and CEO Jeff Laborsky wants Heritage employees to know things are no different. “We’re here today to do our training so that we can get out in the field, and work alongside our folks.” Our services in waste transportation, treatment, and disposal, along with our Emergency Response decontamination and business continuity services are considered essential during this pandemic, and earlier this week Jeff and other members of our leadership participated in COVID-19 Response Training, completing respirator fit tests and learning how to properly use the PPE and equipment to disinfect a wide range of facilities. They’ll be visiting our plants, going out in the field, and working with our emergency response teams to assist the Coronavirus response, in person, on the ground.

Our team has responded to factories, office spaces, airplanes, schools, and universities, and are prepared to help, no matter what industry you’re in. We developed our procedures and are using disinfection chemicals based on CDC and EPA guidelines. Check out the video below for comments from our executive leadership team and some of the training they went through.

Helping Our Communities in Times of Need

At Heritage, our mission is to protect human health and the environment, and this extends beyond the scope of our day-to-day business operations. As the Coronavirus triggers an ever-growing number of shutdowns and closures, one of the biggest issues arising is concern for children and food insecurity. One in seven children struggle with hunger, and many students rely on public schools for one or even two of their daily meals. Heritage is dedicated to helping the communities where we live and operate, and making sure they continue to have access to food is one of the best ways we can help during this crisis.

Feeding America has been one of our three corporate charities for the past five years, and they support 40 million people through 200 food banks nationwide. Through their resources we’ve been able to connect with several local food banks in states where we conduct business.

• In Toledo, OH, we donated directly to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank Backpack program, which gives kids who qualify for free lunch additional food to take home on Fridays.

• A local church in Tulsa Oklahoma provided a grant to match donations to the local food bank, and with the buying power of Feeding America, our $1,000 donation was doubled, enabling the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma to provide 8,000 meals in the community.

• In Iowa City, our donations will provide 80 boxes of food to kids and families

In total, we’ve donated $25,000 to 25 food banks in 18 different states where we operate, designating the funds specifically for children when possible.

We encourage you to find your local food bank, which you can do by typing in your zip code at https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank and donating either nonperishable items or making a monetary donation. Heritage believes in sticking together, and supporting our communities is crucial in times like these. Each donation means more food, an extra volunteer, or more supplies for those in need

 

Wall of thank you letters from healthcare professionals and hospitals for donating food.

Thank you letters to Heritage from the food banks.

Int’l Women’s Week Spotlight – Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris

Vice President, Customer Experience

When did you start at Heritage (or previously acquired companies) and what was your first position?

1997, Field Chemist

Define a great leader—what are some traits you think great leaders possess?

To me a great leader is a source of inspiration for employees and provides direction with honesty, empathy and integrity.


What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?

Getting employees to band together in times of major company change, some of which didn’t go as planned. This requires constant reassurance on the vision and reasoning for the change. Taking extra effort to share wins and positives in the face of adversity plus communicating the lessons learned.


Do you have any tips, strategies you’ve employed, or lessons learned throughout your career that you would like to share with aspiring female leaders?

There are always obstacles and they can take many shapes and forms and at the most unexpected times. Follow your intuition and don’t give up in the face of challenge. These experiences are what shapes you as an individual and builds character.

Int’l Women’s Week Spotlight – Angie Martin

Angie Martin

Vice President

When did you start at Heritage (or previously acquired companies) and what was your first position?

1988, Co-Op Education (intern).

Define a great leader—what are some traits you think great leaders possess?

Altruism, passion, common sense, empathy.


What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?

I want to say work-life balance, but I want it all. I want a full family life, and a full work life. I think I have adjusted over the years to have as much of both as I could. I tried to show my girls that they could have what they wanted through hard work and dedication. I believe I am a better mother and grandmother because I do work.


Do you have any tips, strategies you’ve employed, or lessons learned throughout your career that you would like to share with aspiring female leaders?

Embrace who you are. All people are different and should use their differences, perspectives, experiences, and intuitions to solve problems and move an organization forward. I don’t think it should matter if you are a woman or a man or a martian. Use your strengths to move the ball.


Int’l Women’s Week Spotlight – Winde Hamrick

Winde Hamrick

Executive Vice President

When did you start at Heritage (or previously acquired companies) and what was your first position?

1991, Project Engineer


Define a great leader—what are some traits you think great leaders possess?

Leads safely, humility, lifelong learner, high integrity/honest, adaptable, instills confidence in others, hands on, cares about employees, knowledgeable, approachable, high expectations, accountability, deals with issues, mentors others

 

What is one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?

Around 2006, our landfill was running out of space and I was told what our expansion plans were and that I needed to meet with the regulators to make it happen. The concept was a bit out of the norm and I knew the regulators would take forever to get their head around it, if at all. So instead I formed a small team to review our current land and develop a new and larger landfill on the northern part of our property. The result was a faster approval and a bigger landfill. It’s such a critical part of our business that the pressure was weighing on me. This example shows that Heritage is open to new ideas and/or better ways of getting things done – as long as it’s safe and compliant!

Do you have any tips, strategies you’ve employed, or lessons learned throughout your career that you would like to share with aspiring female leaders?

Take control of your career by learning as much as you can about our business outside of your current job. The great thing about Heritage is ‘the ability to learn and grow’. You may have to do that on your own, but our business is so interesting and the people are so welcoming that it is fun! Use your knowledge to become a valuable employee and your job will become a career with never a boring day. Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Own up to them and learn from them!