Kohler Co. recently recognized employees at its plastics manufacturing facility at Sheridan for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.


The company normally built 1,200 Kohler Clarity water filters per week, but were able to meet the goal of 5,000 per week for relief efforts, according to a news release.


“When we talk about Clarity, we don’t talk about if we get it done, we talk about how,” said Mark Appling, manager – Sheridan Plastics Manufacturing in Arkansas.


In six weeks, the plant assembled and packed 30,000 filters to support Operation Agua, a relief effort led by several groups, including Kohler partner Operation Blessing International, according to the release.


At the end of March, Laura Kohler, senior vice president – human resources, Stewardship & Sustainability, and several members of the Clarity team traveled to Sheridan to show their appreciation.


“At the end of my life, I want to be able to say I’ve made an impact on the world,” Laura Kohler said to the group over lunch. “You are impacting people’s lives every day. You are impacting this world. And we appreciate it.”


Sheridan has shipped 55,000 filters to Puerto Rico and 20,000 more were packed and ready to ship.


“Manufactured only in Sheridan, the Kohler Clarity water filtration systems remove more than 99 percent of bacteria and provides up to 40 liters of safe water each day,” according to the release. “Much of Puerto Rico was left without access to safe water after Hurricane Maria struck the island in September 2017.”