How paper can be an example when companies welcome back workers

Posted at 7:36 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 20:36:00-04

DE PERE (NBC 26) -- The machines at many paper companies throughout Northeast Wisconsin have continued turning through this pandemic.

Deemed essential businesses, the paper industry quickly pivoted in a way that allowed operations to carry on in a way that also kept employees and customers safe.

“Things from employees wearing masks at all times to doing precleaning, postcleaning, having sanitizers available for them at all times," Addie Teeters at Ahlstrom-Munksjö said. "Breaks look different, lunches look different.”

Now, as other businesses get ready to welcome workers back, the paper industry can be an example for some of those best practices. Those can change quickly. Teeters said the paper industry has been able to adapt with it and try to go above and beyond several safety protocols.

“We’re going to continue to be very conservative," she said. "So, even if different guidelines start to loosen up or change a little bit, we’re going to continue to be conservative and treat this as our new norm for us for the while because it’s the safe approach for us to take.”