Secon in Red Bud has made nearly 1.5 million face masks/shields

ESSENTIAL WORKERS–Employees at Secon in Red Bud gathered for a company team picture earlier this week. All were wearing their shirts noting that they were essential workers, helping support frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the end of March, Secon has helped make almost 1.5 million face masks/shields.

Secon Rubber and Plastics, Inc. in Red Bud recently celebrated a milestone of having helped create almost 1.5 million face masks and shields during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doug Siebenberger and Rob Ewen talked to the North County Newsrecently about the milestone and how they transitioned to making the foam strips and plastic shields for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Siebenberger noted that when the pandemic started, “People were scared and went through a series of emotions.” 

He added that Secon had been deemed as an essential business, but some of the employees wondered why. Siebenberger explained that 80 to 90 percent of their customer base were first responders or other essential personnel. This ranges from doctors and nurses, to those in automotive or transportation fields, to working with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), and more. Many of these customers began asking if Secon could make the face masks and shields.

“When we started explaining it wasn’t a small portion, but a major part of our clients, we realized we had a job to do,” Siebenberger commented.

For more on Secon, please see this week’s print edition.