Company officials told employees that they could wear masks if they wanted to. Some did, some didn't, employees say.
by Denise Lockwood May 7, 2020
RACINE, WI – Local manufacturer InSinkErator shut down its facility at 4700 21st Street at 2 p.m. Thursday after two more employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Missouri-based Emerson Electric Co. owns Racine-based InSinkErator. Considered an essential business because they make garbage-disposers, the company sells products to commercial and residential customers.
The company shut down the facility so that they could bring in cleaning crews.
Employees received a phone call from the company Thursday afternoon saying the facility at 4700 21st St. was being closed “effective immediately.”
In a written statement, Emerson spokesperson David Baldridge said the company remains focused on the health and safety of its employees.
“We have had two confirmed coronavirus cases this week at our InSinkErator 21st Street facility in Racine, Wisconsin. Out of an abundance of caution, the InSinkErator facility was temporarily closed Thursday afternoon, May 7, for deep cleaning and sanitizing of the entire plant by a professional cleaning service. The plant is expected to reopen Monday morning, May 11. All employees will receive pay based on their regularly scheduled hours.”
In April, two co-workers and a vendor had tested positive for the virus, which prompted some employees to voice concerns about the protocols being implemented by the company. Now the total is four employees and one vendor tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).