Atlantic Caribbean is the Dominican Republic branch of US-headquartered Atlantic Packaging. Based in the Free Trade Zone in Boca Chica, Atlantic Caribbean produces a broad range of packaging and converted paper products, including essential materials for the food, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. The facility maintains an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certification, making it a specialized manufacturer for products that require specific standards for safety and cleanliness.
As quarantine procedures began in March in response to the COVID-19 virus, Atlantic Caribbean took precautions to ensure the facility and workforce would remain safe and able to continue producing the critical medical and food supply packaging needed to keep the supply chain running.
Regional Director, Yajira Giron, also welcomed support from The Dominican Association of Free Zones (ADOZONA), the National Council of Free Export Zones (CNZFE), and the Dominican government for helping Atlantic maintain its essential production operations. “The FASE plan implemented by the government has really helped industry, helped us reduce the concerns of the whole sector, of the employees, their homes, and how to help them,” said Giron.
Beyond supplying needed protective packaging for producers, Atlantic Caribbean used its supply infrastructure to help distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks and gowns to employees and their families, as well as members of their local community who needed the gear to stay safe. These distribution drives are the most recent example of the deep community involvement and investment from Atlantic Caribbean. (See: Atlantic Caribbean Serving in the Community.)
While many businesses explore how to safely resume their daily operations, Atlantic Caribbean acts as a case study of best practices to keep employees and surrounding areas safe while still conducting business. ADOZONA, CNZFE, and the government of the Dominican Republic make it possible to operate safely and keep essential products moving to distributors and consumers throughout the Caribbean.
Thanks to the FASE plan, significant uncertainty about worker security was reduced, and Atlantic Caribbean has been able to serve critical manufacturers reliably throughout the COVID-19 crisis.