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Shiseido Americas to Make Hand Sanitizers for Those Fighting the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

As New York and New Jersey brace themselves for what the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects will be the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in their states, more and more brands are stepping up to help those fighting the front lines. For example, the Shiseido Americas Corporation announced on Wednesday, April 8, that it will be dedicating a part of one of its manufacturing facilities in New Jersey to produce hand-sanitizing gel for health organizations.

"Helping others is part of our company's DNA. Our incredible team embraces the spirit of omotenashi, which translates from Japanese as 'heartfelt hospitality,'" writes Shiseido Americas CEO Marc Rey in a statement emailed to Allure. "In the midst of this global pandemic, we are proud to do our part in support of the courageous medical professionals and volunteers who are on the front lines fighting the spread of coronavirus daily. This would not be possible without the goodwill of our dedicated employees and partners, to whom I extend my sincere gratitude."

The announcement made by Shiseido explains that each sanitizer will contain 70 percent alcohol and will be donated to local New York and New Jersey health facilities and community outreach organizations that are working to help fight COVID-19. Production will take place in a part of the brand's manufacturing facility in East Windsor, New Jersey, and the company says that the production of these medical-grade sanitizers will be complete sometime mid-April.

There's no word yet on how many units the company, which is a subsidiary of the global Shiseido Company, Limited, based in Tokyo, and and parent company to popular beauty brands, including Nars and Laura Mercier, plans to make. Shiseido Americas joins the likes of Pierre Fabre Group and Coty Inc. that have also dedicated facilities to producing and donating hand-sanitizing gels for free. This group effort is welcomed — and necessary — at this time.

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Bridgestone Americas Announces Restart of Commercial Tire and Diversified Products Operations in North America

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) has announced plans to restart its North American commercial tire plants as well as its North American Firestone Industrial Products and Firestone Building Products manufacturing facilities on April 13.

The company's start-up plans reflect the performance trend in several key areas of its commercial and diversified products businesses not as severely affected by the current crisis. Bridgestone Bandag's retread rubber manufacturing plants in North America resumed operations the week of March 29, due to demand by essential service providers. The company continues to work closely with its customers and partners to ensure adequate supply, while closely monitoring volatility in demand.

The well-being and safety of employees remains the most important priority for the company. To ensure the health and safety of employees, plants resuming operations will do so in alignment with the latest safety protocol guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The start-up of our North American commercial tire and diversified products operations will allow us to meet the increasing needs of businesses who are going above and beyond to provide essential services in our communities," said Paolo Ferrari, CEO & president, Bridgestone Americas. "We are mindful of the need for Bridgestone to do its part in providing critical products and services to businesses and agencies doing so much to keep essential workers and goods moving."

Bridgestone's passenger tire plants in North America, as well as all plants in Latin America are scheduled to resume operations by the first week of May, with some facilities potentially opening sooner.

The company has sufficient supply of original equipment and consumer replacement product to meet customer demand, but continues to align supply to current market demand. The company's distribution centers, plant warehouses and logistics teams are continuing to fill orders.

The company is monitoring the coronavirus situation closely and adjusting response plans and operations as necessary to ensure the health and safety of its employees while also addressing the needs of customers and the market.

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Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. BSAM also is engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produces air springs, roofing materials and industrial fibers and textiles. BSAM also operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve, the company is dedicated to improving the way people live, work, move and play in all of the communities it calls home. 

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Former Americas baseball standout waits for return to pro baseball

Felix F. Chavez, El Paso Times Published 10:59 a.m. MT April 8, 2020

Thursday was supposed to be opening day for Major League Baseball, but stadiums are empty, with the season postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, parking lots are being used to store unused rental vehicles. (March 26) AP Sports

Last summer shortstop Darell Hernaiz dealt with the challenges of being a professional baseball player for the first time.

This year, he’s battling with an unexpected time off as the sports world has come to a halt due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

“Everyone is in the same situation and I’m just trying to be patient and do what I can to stay prepared for when we go back,” Hernaiz said. “I’m hitting off a tee, trying to keep my conditioning as much as possible.”

Hernaiz, who is back in El Paso, was a fifth-round pick last June by the Baltimore Orioles and got in some valuable time with the Orioles' Gulf Coast League squad. . He had 26 hits in 99 at-bats with 19 run scored, two home runs, eight RBIs and 17 walks.

All City Baseball MVP Darell Hernaiz of Americas High School poses Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Americas baseball field in El Paso.Buy Photo

All City Baseball MVP Darell Hernaiz of Americas High School poses Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Americas baseball field in El Paso. (Photo: Briana Sanchez/El Paso Times)

“I thought last summer was a learning experience, it went great and it was something I’ll never forget because it was my first time playing professional baseball,” Hernaiz said. “I went from high school ball in the spring then right into the Rookie League.

This year, he was in spring training in Sarasota, Florida, and got in about four weeks of work before the team disbanded due to the virus. He played in one game with the big club in a spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays and had one at-bat. He grounded into a force play. 

“I learned a lot at spring training this year,” Hernaiz said. “It’s a growing process and everything we do is a chance to get better. When we get back to playing, I’ll just have to use what we learned and use it to my advantage. I keep in touch with some of the other minor leaguers. We just have to stay hopeful and be prepared to go back.”

Hernaiz follows in the long list of talented El Paso baseball players who have been drafted through the years, including Omar Quintanilla, Alan Zinter, Frank Castillo, Bruce Ruffin, Fernando Rodriguez, Butch Henry, Justin Maese and Orlando Garcia.

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Felix F. Chavez may be reached at 915-546-6167;; @Fchavezeptimes on Twitter.

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