Plastics distributor values people in business model

Boedeker Plastics, Inc., in Shiner.

Officials from Boedeker Plastics Inc. have confirmed an outbreak at the facility in Shiner where about 150 people work.

“Even after countless precautions, preventative preparations and employee awareness, one of our facilities has experienced positive cases of COVID-19,” according to a statement the company released Friday announcing the outbreak.

Lavaca County Judge Keith Mudd did not confirm the number of county residents who contracted the virus in the outbreak, but said it is a hotspot in the county where a total of 89 residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Lavaca County’s total number of COVID-19 cases more than doubled between Friday and Monday – from 37 to 88 cases, said Egon Barthels, the county’s emergency management coordinator. One more case of COVID-19 was reported on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 89.

Before Monday, the county last reported nine new COVID-19 cases Friday evening, bringing its total number of residents who had contracted the virus to 37. The number of active cases in the county is 63 and one resident has died of the disease.

Marvin Boedeker, company president and founder, would not comment on the number of employees who’ve tested positive for COVID-19, but said those who’ve exhibited symptoms have had minor cases. He said no employees are currently hospitalized with the disease caused by coronavirus.

Boedeker said the plant is currently operating, but at a reduced capacity that is “considerably less than what we normally do,” he said.

He attributed the decrease in operations to social distancing measures in effect.

The company employs about 150 people, according to the most recent estimate by the Victoria Economic Development Corp.

“Boedeker Plastics and our affiliated companies have played and continue to play a major role in the fight against the COVID-19 virus,” according to the company’s statement issued Friday. “Our customers depend on us to provide life-saving products used in prevention, detection and life-sustaining equipment across the medical industry. Our business continues to remain open to support critical infrastructure and provide essential services to the medical and national defense industries.”

Morgan O'Hanlon is the business and agriculture reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6328, mohanlon@vicad.com or on Twitter @mcohanlon.

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