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4 Apr 2020

Tom Knapp, LebTown

XPO shares sanitization strategy after apparent walkout at Palmyra plant

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What appeared like dozens of workers walked out of a Palmyra food packing plant on Thursday because of coronavirus concerns... The walkout occurred at a Hershey Company-owned, XPO-operated facility... “We demand an explanation of why they did not close the factory since there was an infected person and they kept it quiet,” an employee at the facility said Thursday evening. The worker — who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution — said a company manager confirmed to employees that there were actually three infected people at the site.

... Jeff Beckman, director of corporate communications for Hershey, directed questions to XPO Logistics... Bob Josephson, vice president of communications for XPO, said in an email Friday that the Palmyra facility “was closed yesterday and today” for cleaning. He also said the company provides “up to three additional days of paid leave for employees affected by workplace closures when sanitization is needed following COVID-19 exposure.”... XPO also is providing sanitizer and gloves to all employees to limit exposure to the virus.