On Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeastern U.S., impacting several DuPont sites, most notably the Parlin site in New Jersey. The DuPont Parlin plant managed to weather Hurricane Sandy without any employee injuries or environmental issues. The site experienced phone and power outages, including some lines that were down for the first time in the site’s 108-year history, but very minor damage to its facilities.
However, the majority of Parlin employees remained without power or heat for days and suffered damage to their homes and property. Fuel shortages, downed trees, power outages and road closures made it very challenging for employees to return to work. The site worked hard to restore power and provide aid to employees, distributing generators, fuel, fresh fruit, water and ice – all of which were very hot commodities in the immediate aftermath of the storm. After three days, the plant reopened, and units started to return to normal operation within five days.
The site also supported its local community, the Borough of Sayreville, by providing ice and bottled water for distribution to local residents. More importantly, the site worked hand-in-hand with DuPont Sourcing & Logistics, which was able to obtain a supply of diesel fuel that the Borough could not. The diesel fuel shipments allowed Sayreville’s drinking water plant to continue to operate until power could be restored a week later.
“It is an honor to be able to help provide some relief to our employees and our local community, especially during such great times of need,” said Harold Kirby, Parlin plant manager. “Thank you to all of the DuPonters who have reached out to the site to extend your support through the recovery! Please know how appreciative we are of everyone’s generous donations, contributions, thoughts and prayers.”
DuPont donated $50,000 to the United Way of Central Jersey (UWCJ), specifically to provide hurricane relief in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, areas where most of the plant’s (Parlin and Morse Mills) employees reside.
Five employees lost their homes during the storm and three others suffered significant damage. The site has raised more than $3,000 to support these families. Some DuPont locations, including Wilmington, Chambers Works and Towanda sites, are hosting employee-run collections to donate gift cards to Parlin employees who suffered damage from the “superstorm.”