Employee Resources

October 15, 2020

An update from the COVID-19 Committee:

On October 12th, an employee in our Tennessee location tested positive for COVID-19. The employee has been out of the plant since October 2nd. Multiple plant cleanings have occurred since the employee has been out of the plant.

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, please reference CCT’s COVID-19 Best Practices.

As always, the latest information can be had at Employee Resources.

Best regards,
Tony DeSimone
EHS Manager

October 10, 2020

An update from the COVID-19 Committee:

Effective on Sunday, October 11, 2020, all hourly employees will begin using the Hand Scanner Time Clock. Note: Supervisors must continue to track punches for employees not yet set up in the system, and efforts must be made to get all employees into the system ASAP.

MA Facility Entry Rules

(See below for TN Entry Rules)

All Area B & C employees must enter and exit the facility using Employee Entrance West. The Receiving door is not to be used by employees to enter or exit the building, including during breaks.

  1. Remain socially distant and wear a mask.
  2. Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  3. Scan your temperature using the kiosk.
  4. Hourly employees should use the hand reader time clock to punch in and out. Gloves are available for those that wish to use them.
    1. Area B employees can clock in and out for lunch using the hand reader in the north entrance hallway. YOU CANNOT ENTER OR EXIT THE BUILDING USING THAT DOOR.
  5. Wipe the surface of the hand reader after use.

All Area A employees must enter and exit the facility using the main (north) entrance.

  1. Remain socially distant and wear a mask.
  2. Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  3. Once per week:
    1. Follow the instructions on the sign on the kiosk and complete the self-screening questionnaire.
  4. Daily:
    1. Scan your temperature using the kiosk.
  5. Hourly employees should use the hand reader time clock in the north entrance hallway to punch in and out. Gloves are available for those that wish to use them. YOU CANNOT ENTER THE BUILDING USING THAT DOOR.
  6. Wipe the surface of the hand reader after use.

TN Facility Entry Rules

All hourly employees must enter and exit the facility using the Employee Entrance.

  1. Remain socially distant and wear a mask.
  2. Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  3. Hourly employees should use the hand reader time clock to punch in and out including lunch punches. Gloves are available for those that wish to use them.
  4. Wipe the surface of the hand reader after use.
  5. Proceed to temperature kiosk to be screened for your shift.

October 8, 2020

An update from Geoff Kaiser and the COVID-19 Committee:

As we approach the winter months, we all know that illness frequency increases due to many different sources.  The complexities of COVID-19 make increased communication around employee wellness especially important.  The impact of your decisions could affect others in the workplace. Please keep the following in mind.

  • If you are not feeling well and have any COVID symptoms, please stay home.
    • Now is not the time to work and try to tough it out.
  • If you are not feeling well and can not work, notify your supervisor per the standard procedure.
    • They will notify HR.
    • HR will work with you to determine if your conditions merit special treatment due to COVID risks.
  • Again clear communication is essential for all. We all have legitimately different assessments of the risk COVID presents to us and our families. Being open and transparent will help us avoid unnecessary excitement and, even worse, getting other people sick.

Please review the attached reminder for Controlling the Spread of COVID-19.

Managers – Please review this with employees that do not have access to email.

Best regards,
Tony DeSimone

September 18, 2020

CEO Update:

Team CCT,

It has been about 2 weeks since I have had the distinct pleasure of joining CCT and I am delighted to be on board! I am looking forward to this rewarding and exciting journey that we have ahead of us. I am also eager to get to know all of you. Whether you are in the United States or are part of our expanding global presence, every single one of you is vital to this organization and together we will achieve excellence and accomplish meaningful goals and objectives.

While I will be based out of our Franklin, MA office, I plan to visit all of our locations over time as soon as the pandemic stabilizes and travel is both possible and reasonable. I greatly enjoy meeting and engaging with people. Folks should feel very comfortable reaching out to me as this will be a great way for us to get to know one another. Please feel free to email if you have a question or an idea that you want to share with me.

Also, we are still in the middle of the Covid pandemic. Please be safe and will request all to follow the work-related guidelines that our CCT Covid preparedness team has laid out.

Thank you for the kind welcome I have received so far. It truly has been a joy and honor to be here. Together, I look forward to us making CCT the global leader in advanced temperature management solutions for the Life Sciences industry.

Best,
Ranjeet

September 17, 2020

An update from the COVID-19 Committee:

A reminder that CCT employee travel continues to be for business-critical needs only.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues, Cold Chain Technologies requires a travel approval process, and we assess the working conditions and procedures at the destination site to ensure the safety of our employees along with site personnel.

Please have someone from the site you plan to visit complete the form and return it to adesimone@coldchaintech.com along with their COVID-19 policies.

Best regards,
Tony DeSimone
EHS Manager

September 17, 2020

An update from the COVID-19 Committee:

A reminder that CCT employee travel continues to be for business-critical needs only.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues, Cold Chain Technologies requires a travel approval process, and we assess the working conditions and procedures at the destination site to ensure the safety of our employees along with site personnel.

Please have someone from the site you plan to visit complete the form and return it to adesimone@coldchaintech.com along with their COVID-19 policies.

Best regards,
Tony DeSimone
EHS Manager

August 31, 2020

An update from the COVID-19 Committee:

An employee in our Tennessee location tested positive for COVID-19. The employee self-quarantined on Wednesday, August 26th (did not report to work) with mild symptoms, and received the test results on Friday, August 28th. Contact tracing and additional cleaning activities were performed. In addition to the weekly disinfecting service, the TN plants continue a second, mid-week disinfecting service.

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, please reference CCT’s COVID-19 Best Practices.

August 10, 2020

An update from the COVID-19 Committee:

Tennessee recently had an employee test positive for COVID-19. The employee worked last on 7/31 and tested positive on 8/7. Contact tracing and additional cleaning activities were performed, and the plant also continues to have two weekly disinfecting services.

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, please reference CCT’s COVID-19 Best Practices.

August 5, 2020

An update from the COVID-19 Committee:

Tennessee recently had two employees test positive for COVID-19. One employee who was sent home to quarantine on 7/28 tested positive on 8/3. The second employee that tested positive has been on quarantine since 7/27.

Contact tracing and additional cleaning activities were performed, and the plant also continues to have two weekly disinfecting services.

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, please reference CCT’s COVID-19 Best Practices.

July 27, 2020

Bob Bohne’s Weekly State of the Company Address

July 21, 2020

Core Value Nominations – July 2020

In the Summer of 2017, everyone working at CCT participated in sessions about our Core Values and how they matter in our day to day work.  We described them as Cold Chain on our best day, calling them the strengths we want to preserve and further develop as we grow as a company and the glue that holds our company together as we faced the opportunities and challenges ahead of us.

Three years later, as predicted, we have grown, diversified and expanded. In the past few months, even as we have encountered difficulties and challenges we never could have predicted, our Core Values are thriving. In the most recent management meeting, we made it a point to recognize some of the many ways our Core Values have been demonstrated in these trying times.

Please look for opportunities to show your appreciation to the people who are recent examples of our Core Values in action and all your coworkers who demonstrate our values in how they behave, how they do their work and in their interactions with customers, vendors and one another.

Here is a list of recent nominees, the core value that was displayed, and the person who submitted the nomination.

Nominee Core Value Nominated By
Christine Wilder Mastery Abner Hernandez
Christine Wilder Customer Tony DeSimone
Mark Jones & Tony Gomez Customer Bo Ledford
Michelle Duarte Mastery Brian Skocypec
Jamie Chasteen Customer Bryan Karas
Darius Jonason Mastery Chris Shunk
Richarde Johnson Initiative Chris Welch
Michelle Duarte Initiative Dale Robertson
Chad Leopold Customer Dale Robertson
Dale Robertson Initiative Dave DeNorscia
Giuseppe DiFlumeri & Jason DeBay Initiative Dave Perlmutter
Bo Ledford Initiative Dave Perlmutter
Bo Ledford Initiative Dawn Smith
Stephanie Pazniokas Mastery Donna Torres
Kevin Berard Integrity Fran Brennan
Joy Bolduc Initiative Henry Melchor
Darius Jonason Customer Jim Griffith
Jeff Alderson Mastery Jamie Chasteen
Wong Yang Initiative Jim Nilsen
Wong Yang Initiative Rose Callahan
Richarde Johnson Initiative Jose Contreras
Rick Finnegan Initiative Judy Sheehy
Thomas Smith Initiative Karen Thomison
Christine Wilder Initiative Kathleen Aker
Dakota Baillargeon Customer Lindsley Sheppard
Jeff Alderson Initiative Mark Davis
Rose Callahan Initiative Mark Eads
Kathleen Aker Customer Melinda Fayette
Darius Jonason Customer Mike Rider
Thomas Kasabula Customer Mike Rider
Alex Pena Initiative Nathaniel Carrier
Michelle Duarte Initiative Nick Tassone
Sue Donovan Initiative Paul Castellani
Matt Ng Initiative Paul Della Villa
Alex Pena Customer Rob Gallo
Jessica Chittaphong Initiative Stan Andrews
Stacy Leach Integrity Stan Andrews
Deb Dellinger Initiative Steven Picard
Stephanie Pazniokas & Tammy Dean Initiative Tom Kasabula

 

The next time you see a core value in action, take a moment to complete a nomination and send it to HR@coldchaintech.com.

The Core Value Nomination form is available at O:\Human Resources\HR Forms\Core Values Nomination Form.

The full July presentation can be viewed at O:\Human Resources\Core Value of the Month\2020.

We will publish employee nominations monthly.

Thank you,

The Executive Leadership Team

June 26, 2020

Bob Bohne’s Weekly State of the Company Address

June 18, 2020

An update from the COVID-19 Committee:

On June 11, an employee in our Nevada location tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing and additional cleaning activities were performed.

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, please reference CCT’s COVID-19 Best Practices.

June 11, 2020

Bob Bohne Address to the Company

June 2, 2020

An Address from President, Bob Bohne Regarding Current Social/Political Events

May 29, 2020

Bob Bohne’s Weekly State of the Company Address

May 22, 2020

An update from the COVID-19 Committee:

Today, Friday, May 22nd, it was learned that a second Franklin, MA CCT employee tested positive for COVID-19 while on quarantine at home. This employee is a family member of the CCT employee who tested positive last week.

So far, the other quarantined employees from the first case have tested negative.

The latest employee has been out of the building since last Friday.

In response, CCT has done or will do the following:

  • One additional person has been quarantined.
  • Daily surface cleaning has continued throughout both shifts.
  • Tomorrow (Saturday), the building will be sanitized by ACP as part of the weekly disinfecting protocol.
  • Daily employee symptom and temperature screening will continue.

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about two arms-lengths) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
  • Avoid carpooling if possible, and always wear masks or face coverings when carpooling is necessary.

Best Regards,

Tony

May 22, 2020

Bob Bohne’s Weekly State of the Company Address

May 18, 2020

An update from the COVID-19 Committee:

On Saturday, May 16th, it was learned that a Franklin, MA CCT employee tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed by a family member with the virus. As of now, we don’t have further information on her condition.

The prior Tuesday, May 12th, the employee reported that she didn’t feel well and had a headache and lower-body muscle pain. We took her temperature, and she did not have a fever, nor did she have any other symptoms. The employee called out the next day and advised she was contacting her doctor and did not return to the plant.

In response, CCT did the following

  • As we have done with any employee that leaves due to not feeling well, we traced the employee’s at work contacts and thoroughly disinfected the areas where she worked.
  • On Saturday, the building was sanitized by ACP as part of the weekly disinfecting protocol that had been in place since April 25th.
  • The employees she worked closely with and carpooled with have are quarantined at home and are monitoring for symptoms.

Employees must continue self-screening before coming to work; however, all plants will now be taking employees’ temperatures upon arrival before each shift, and employees must don masks or face coverings upon entering the building.

May 18, 2020

Dear Employees,

I am pleased to announce the release of the new Employee Handbook. The new handbook represents a complete review of our policies to ensure that we are fully compliant, competitive, and consistent with our procedures. The handbook also contains new information and several new policies including: Mission, Vision, Core Purpose, and Core Values, Policy Regarding Employment of Minors, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Notice and Policy, Paid Time Off Policy, Anti-Corruption Policy, Whistleblower Policy, and Confidentiality and Technology Policies.

The new updated handbook is available electronically on the employee resources page or a hard copy is available upon request. If you would like to receive a hard copy, email your request to HR@coldchaintech.com with Employee Handbook as the subject.

For your convenience, a separate employee acknowledgement page is available to confirm that you have received the new handbook. Please complete and return this acknowledgement to HR. Your signed acknowledgement form can be returned to HR@coldchaintech.com or as a hard copy original, either format is acceptable. We would like to have all signed employee acknowledgements by May 29th.

If you have any questions about this handbook, ask your manager or supervisor. If you need further clarification, contact your Human Resources Representative or a member of the HR team.

Sincerely,

Deb Bousquet

Vice President, Human Resources

May 15, 2020

Bob Bohne’s Weekly State of the Company Address

May 8, 2020

Bob Bohne’s Weekly State of the Company Address

May 5, 2020

Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Learn about wearing face coverings and cloth masks in public, to slow the spread of COVID-19, as required in Governor Baker’s Executive Order.

How to Safely Cover Your Face Outside of Home

Masks and Carpooling from the Safety Committee

April 24, 2020

Bob Bohne’s Weekly State of the Company Address

April 17, 2020

Bob Bohne’s Weekly State of the Company Address

April 15, 2020

Working from Home Reminders

Set Boundaries – Physical, Emotional, and Mental

Do nothing but work in your work space. Designate a spot for your work. If you don’t have a separated space and need to work from the dining room table or your bedroom, designate a “work chair” and make it the only place you work. Take your breaks someplace else. “Commute” in an out of the chair to delineate work time from non-work time. You can also commute to work by taking a walk around your neighborhood before settling in for your day.

Establish transition time to start and end the day.

Don’t sign into work the minute you wake up. You may want to fire off just one thing, but you will get sucked in. Set up a morning routine – coffee, a few stretches, that provides a buffer before you are open for business.

At the end of the work day, find a way to close down – reflect on the day, make a to-do list for tomorrow, clean your work area, etc. Hang up the “CLOSED” sign.

Every once in awhile, take stock of how you are feeling.

Without the social interactions of coworkers and the “how are you doing?” check-ins, learn to do this for yourself. Simply acknowledging the your emotions, both good and bad, is an act of self care.

Work with your manager and coworkers to agree on some reasonable boundaries regarding availability, capacity, deadlines, communication, and accessibility.

April 10, 2020

Bob Bohne’s Weekly State of the Company Address

April 7, 2020

CCT HR

To: All Employees
From: Human Resources
Subject: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Policies
Date: April 7, 2020

Dear Employees,

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires private employers with fewer than 500 employees  to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

In response, Cold Chain is releasing the following policies, the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Policy, the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Policy, and the Employee Request for Leave Form, which explain the paid leave benefits that are now available.

Cold Chain’s FFCRA policies are posted at all HR posting locations and can be found on the Employee Resource page  Employee Resource or upon request, a printed copy of the policies is available from Human Resources.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with me, your manager, or a member of my team.

Thank you,

Deb

Debra Bousquet
VP, Human Resources

April 6, 2020

Two Updates:

    1. Effective today Monday, April 6, 2020, employees who intermittently work on-site will now be required to contact their manager prior to any visit. At that time, the manager will confirm that the employee has followed the Daily Self-Reporting Protocol For On-Site Employees and that they meet the requirements to enter the appropriate CCT facility for that day.
    1. The “go live” date for the Epicor ERP implementation has moved from Monday, April 6th to Monday, June 1st

April 3, 2020

President Bob Bohne’s Weekly Video State of the Union Address!

April 3, 2020

To maintain the continued health and safety of all employees, CCT is introducing a Daily Self-Reporting Protocol For On-Site Employees.

April 2, 2020

CCT ELT

  1. COVID-19 INCENTIVE PAY PROGRAM – The Executive Leadership Team knows that every employee at CCT understands the extreme importance of what we do and just how much OUR WORK MATTERS. We also understand that it is very concerning, during the COVID-19 threat, for our manufacturing and manufacturing support staff to be coming on-site to work in our 5 facilities every day, working with many other people.

To show how appreciative we are for this commitment, we are implementing a COVID-19 Incentive Pay Program. We hope this will provide some additional incentive for exemplary attendance and perhaps even for working extra hours to enable us to complete our mission.

Why we are implementing this incentive, how the program will work, who is eligible, and many more answers can be found here. Questions regarding this incentive program should be directed to your manager/supervisor.

  1. VISITING CONTRACTOR RULES – Only business critical visitors are permitted at any CCT facility at this time. Should there be a need for a business critical visit, the visitor will be required to complete our COVID-19 Visitor Questionnaire. If the visitor answers “Yes” to any of the questions, they will not be allowed access to any CCT facility. Please follow the basic steps below for approval. If you have any questions about this, contact your Supervisor or EH&S.
    1. Have the visitor complete the Questionnaire prior to the date of their planned visit.
    2. Submit the completed form to the EH&S Manager for evaluation.
    3. The EH&S Manager will notify you whether the request for visitor access is Approved or Denied.

Forms required:

    1. Visitor Questionnaire can be found here.
    2. Rules for Visitors once they enter the building can be found here.

April 1, 2020

CCT ELT

  1. OUR WORK MATTERS – Last week we described how CCT is contributing to the global effort to combat COVID-19 through our work with Genentech. They are using a custom reusable version of our Excel shippers to transport Actemra. This is incredibly exciting because Actemra, a drug that is already FDA approved for certain other diseases, is now the subject of a US Phase III clinical trial targeted to COVID-19 Pneumonia. That trial is set to start this week! In addition, Genentech is providing Actemra to the US Strategic Stockpile for potential future use as directed by the Department of Health and Human Services. This is just another (very relevant) example of how every order we take and every shipper we build is a part of Our Work (really) Matters!
  2. MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS – Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday that he is extending his order for all “non-essential businesses” in Massachusetts to close or work remotely until May 4.PLEASE NOTE: As a CCT employee, you are considered an Essential Employee. Please continue to:
    • Carry your Essential Employee letter with you when commuting to and from work.
    • Utilize appropriate social distancing and recommended safe practices.
  3. If you’re socially inclined, check out our latest update and give it a like or share:

March 31, 2020

CCT ELT

NEW RULES FOR ENTRY/EXIT – changes are in red

Group 1 Manufacturing Associates and Manufacturing Support Contained to First Floor

Kitting and Warehouse (Area C) – Must enter/exit West Entrance

Refrigerants and Urethane (Area B) – Must enter/exit through the Receiving Door

Manufacturing Support (Area A) – Must enter/exit through the Main Entrance in front of the building

Group 2Administrative SupportContained to Second Floor

Must enter/exit through the North Entrance

Bonus >> Cha-Cha-Changes

March 27, 2020

CCT ELT

Important Update – Manufacturing Operations

On Thursday, March 27, an employee in the MA facility reported that they had become aware that a person with whom they had direct exposure in recent days, had tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee immediately sought medical advice and was directed to self-quarantine for 14 days. At the time this employee
self-reported, they confirmed they did not display any symptoms of COVID-19. We applaud their immediate and transparent sharing of information as well as their concern for their fellow co-workers.

At this time, there are no reports of any similar exposures or events at any other CCT facilities.

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March 27, 2020

Bob Bohne Address

March 25, 2020

Our Work Matters

FIRST AND FOREMOST: Please know that CCT is actively contributing to the global effort to combat COVID-19 by protecting temperature-sensitive potential treatments. Our customer, Genentech, is ramping up shipments of the drug, Actemra, for use in treating COVID-19. This drug is being used in China and is now being trialed in the US. Actemra is being shipped using the custom reusable Excel shippers developed for Genentech! Our Work Matters.

Remote Work and Confidential Documents

If you are working remotely and print off confidential documents, these still need to be disposed of properly. Options:

  1. Shred them in your personal shredder, if you have one.
  2. Set them securely aside to be brought into the office upon our return for bulk disposal in the shred bins.

March 23, 2020

To: All Employees
From: Human Resources
Subject: Company Update; Designation as an Essential Business in MA
Date: March 23, 2020

Dear Employees,

I am writing to confirm Cold Chain Technologies continues to meet the requirements for an essential business and all healthy employees should continue reporting to work. 

Earlier today, Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all MA businesses that do not provide COVID-19 essential services to close their physical workplaces for two weeks beginning at noon on Tuesday March 24th until April 7th. We have already applied for an Essential Service Designation with the State of MA and await their response. However, based on exhibit A of the Governor’s order, Cold Chain clearly meets the requirements for an essential business designation in the following areas:

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March 19, 2020

CCT ELT

Rules for each Group

Group 1 – Manufacturing Associates – Contained to First Floor

Manufacturing associates will no longer be allowed to utilize Employee Entrance North (the entrance parallel to the training rooms).

  • Employees in this group may only Enter/Exit using Employee Entrance West (the facility adjacent to the shipping office) and utilize the time clock in that location only. Please use the hand sanitizer near the time clock BEFORE using the time clock. Additionally, employees may use a disinfecting wipe on the surface of the time clock scanner and or wear tight-fitting nitrile gloves during the time clock scan. Gloves and wipes are provided at the time clock.
  • Employees in this group are permitted to use any restroom on the First Floor
  • Both cafeterias will be available:
    • Plant managers will create separate lunch and break schedules for employees to minimize the number of associates in the cafeteria at one time
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March 18, 2020

CCT HR

Dear Employees,

As part of our ongoing efforts to remain informed, the CCT management team continues to closely monitor state and federal announcements about the spread of the Coronavirus and the measures being put in place as a response. Recently, we have begun to notice announcements in some states and municipalities calling for or talking about the closure of non-essential businesses.

In response, I offer the following guidance; we do not classify Cold Chain Technologies as a non-essential business. CCT is an essential part of the global pharmaceutical supply chain and it is crucial that we to continue to operate.

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Bob Bohne Addresses the Coronavirus Situation

March 16, 2020

CCT ELT

In recent days, it has become clear that COVID-19 represents a serious global health risk, and that we all share an obligation to support local, nationwide and global initiatives to limit the spread of the disease.  The ELT has been closely monitoring worldwide developments in order to help us form guidelines to protect all or our employees and our families. This is our highest priority.

In addition, we have an obligation to ensure continuity of CCT core business operations as we are an integral part of the global pharmaceutical supply chain.  Consequently, what we all do at CCT, on a daily basis, helps ensure that life-sustaining and sometimes life-saving medicines reach the people who need them. In short, Our Work Matters.

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