EMP Gives Back During COVID Crisis
Published Date: 1/27/2021
Escanaba, Michigan -- Engineered Machined Products (EMP), an engineering and manufacturing leader in the Upper Peninsula community of Escanaba, is well regarded for ‘Powering the Future’ through its charitable contributions and employee engagement initiatives designed to improve and add value to the local community.
“EMP has made betterment of the community and support of youth programs a cornerstone of its corporate engagement mission for over 25 years. Clearly 2020 was no exception as the EMP Team once again fulfilled its mission of ‘giving back’ as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded” noted Paul Harvey, vice president of EMP.
Working closely with community manufacturing partners including Kobasic Creations (Jake Kobasic), Hurley Marine (Todd Hurley) and Andex Industries (John Anthony), along with the Escanaba High Robomos Team, over 1,000 3-D printed Face-shields were created. We learned these Face-shields were very difficult for end-users to source through their normal purchasing channels, and the need was great, particularly in dental practices across Michigan. Once discovering the need, EMP partnered with Drs. Eric & Elizabeth Knudsen, Pathways of State of Michigan, and others to appropriately distribute what ultimately became a high demand product to essential workers. Generous donations from end-user recipients of the Face-shields were made directly to the Escanaba High School Robotics Team.
According to Gabe Kluka of EMP, “as COVID emerged, our folks were feeling a bit helpless and wondered how we could help make a difference. After discussions to find ways to help essential workers hardest hit by the pandemic, a plan was quickly initiated by the EMP Team to print 3-D Face-shields for essential workers across Delta County. From there, the effort beyond Delta County grew substantially based upon need”.