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Co-CEO & Leadership Updates for COVID-19

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Updated: November 20, 2020

Co-CEO Updates

COVID-19 November 2020 Update
November 19, 2020

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As you know, we are seeing the COVID-19 cases increasing around the world, with many countries back under lockdown restrictions. We are not immune to this trend at CoorsTek. We have seen our own employee case rates increase in the past month, despite the protocols and discipline we have been observing for the past eight months. We recognize that everyone is suffering from COVID fatigue. Everyone is tired of having to manage uncertainty every day, tired of continuous disruption to our work and social schedules, tired of not seeing family and friends and of worrying about loved ones who get sick.  

We all feel the same sense of frustration, helplessness and sometimes anger about this situation but now is not the time to give in. Stay the course, be mindful and respecting of others, continue to follow our protocols diligently, and come together to support and encourage one another.  

We must continue to be mindful and intentional about our actions and stay committed to the protocols we have put in place as the virus continues to surge across the US and Europe. We are proud of the way each of you has risen to the occasion throughout COVID. You have kept our factories running and delivering product, provided seamless service to our customers and most importantly, you have supported one another unconditionally – truly living our values. Thank you for these efforts. 

Please take a minute to watch the latest COVID update video with Dr. Jenna and Irma Lockridge as they spend some time talking about progress towards a vaccine, what we can expect in the next few months, and some thoughts about the challenges we are personally facing as we continue to manage through COVID-19.

COVID-19 vs. Influenza: What you should know
October 26, 2020

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As we enter into winter months, there are many factors that could increase the risk of both COVID-19 and influenza (commonly known as the flu). People spend less time outdoors and there is also growing data demonstrating higher risk of spread of COVID-19 in indoor and poorly ventilated environments. Also, children returning to schools tend to escalate the spread of viral illnesses, including influenza and potentially COVID-19.

It is important to anticipate these risks and to remain vigilant with social distancing, mask and hygiene guidelines while at work (including during breaks) for the good of all employees and their families.

The best way to prevent influenza is to obtain a flu shot. The time-tested and safe influenza vaccine provides both protection against disease transmission and decreased severity of influenza. Common side effects include mild soreness at the injection site, nausea and chills. All healthy adults and children over the age of six months are advised to receive the influenza vaccine. This includes pregnant women and patients with compromised immune systems.

It can be difficult to tell whether you have COVID-19 or influenza since the symptoms are similar. You should not assume you have one or the other if you show symptoms such as a dry cough or fever. Consult with your doctor who may require both influenza and COVID-19 testing and provide guidance on how to minimize spread. Remember, do not come to work if you are sick and showing symptoms!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a great resource to review the similarities and differences between the flu and COVID-19.

In all CoorsTek locations, details will be communicated locally regarding how flu shots are being offered or facilitated.

Please review the symptoms poster and place throughout your facility. 

Ondrea Matthews                                          Scott Dolan
Sr. Director Risk Management & Benefits      Sr. Director EHS

Symptoms Check Poster: Cold vs. Flu vs. COVID-19

Continue the Conversation on The CoorsTek Way
May 19, 2020

Join the Co-CEOs as they continue the conversation on The CoorsTek Way and how our values help inform and guide us on how we want to interact with each other, our customers and the world. Watch as they share examples from global team members who are proving that our values are alive and thriving across the business. Watch the video.

Follow Up Guidance on Mask Use
April 30, 2020

As a follow up to the Guidance on Lifting Shelter-in-Place Orders – Phase 1 that we shared with you on April 27, we have adjusted the policy to provide more clarity about when, where, and why we are asking you to wear masks at work.

Mask guidance updates:

  • Masks may be removed when employees are able to maintain applicable social distancing requirements (separation of 6 feet/2 meters) while at work, either in individual offices, cubicles, workstations on the manufacturing floor or elsewhere.
  • Employees are required to wear masks when moving through common areas in transit from one place to another.

We have created a comprehensive Mask Guidance FAQ to aid your understanding of our policy.

At the core of every decision we make is our concern for the health and safety of CoorsTek team members while at work. If you have questions or concerns, please send a note to or reach out to your local EH&S or HR business partner.

THANK YOU for your continued commitment to CoorsTek, your team, and your community. We are Better Together.

Jonathan Coors  |  Michael Coors  |  Timothy Coors

Employee Questions & Answers - COVID-19
April 29, 2020

As national, state, and local policies shift to deal with COVID-19, CoorsTek team members have had a lot of questions. We worked with the Global Response Team for Coronavirus led by Ondrea Matthews, Senior Director - Risk Management & Benefits, and Scott Dolan, Senior Director - Environment, Health, and Safety, to gather questions from employees across the globe. Join Ondrea and Scott as they provide answers to these important questions in the Employee Q&A video series.

We've also asked Dr. Jenna - and wellness expert Kim Gorman, MS, RD - to talk about the role diet, exercise, vitamins, and sleep play in keeping you healthy during the pandemic.

Watch these videos, along with all of our COVID-19 related content, on the CoorsTek YouTube Channel. Subscribe to the channel and receive notifications when the latest news and updates are released.


Introduction | Business Continuity | Cleaning | Communication | Employee Impact | Essential Business | Family for Families | General Safety | Pay | Personal Protective Equipment | Screening | Social Distancing | Working from Home


Watching Your Diet | The Benefits of Exercise | The Role of Vitamins | The Importance of Sleep

Guidance on Lifting Shelter-in-Place Orders
April 27, 2020

Note: Translations of this communication will be emailed to employees and can be found here

Just over a month ago we introduced the New Ways of Working at CoorsTek policies and guidelines to ensure the safety of our employees and the continuity for our business. Each of you has been doing an exceptional job of adapting to the protocols and they have become a standard part of how we are managing the spread of the virus in our workplaces. As we begin to see our local governments move from strict Shelter-in-Place orders to phased re-openings, we want to continue to provide a safe environment for you. 

With that in mind, we want to share our Guidance on Lifting Shelter-in-Place Orders – Phase 1. This guidance includes updated measures on mask usage, working from home, personal and business travel, contact tracing and more.

As a precaution, our guidance includes enhanced recommendations around the use of masks. Face coverings and masks are mandatory for all employees in all offices and facilities. 

The majority of our employees have continued to work at our plants and offices as part of our role as an essential manufacturing business, however, we recognize that employees who have been working from home may have some anxiety around returning to work. This is a good opportunity to remind you of the proactive, thoughtful approach that CoorsTek has taken to ensure your safety in our workplace. 


  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Daily temperature screening and response for all employees and visitors.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Maintain a social distance of six feet/two meters from others at all times.
  • Preventive cleaning in the facilities.
  • Authorized paid absence for time off related to COVID-19 covered situations.


The list above is not all-inclusive. Guidance documents, memos and other resources can be found on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employee Information Center.

Each of us plays a role in our collective health and safety. We ask that you continue to follow preventive measures outside of work to help keep your team members and family safe. As we move forward, we anticipate a gradual loosening of restrictions and guidelines, but we should also be prepared to shift back to our current ways of working if COVID-19 case numbers start to rise. If you have questions or concerns please send a note to or reach out to your local EH&S or HR business partner. 

We are extremely proud of each of you and of the way that you continue to step up and contribute every day as we work through this unprecedented time. THANK YOU for your continued commitment to CoorsTek, your team, and your community. We are Better Together. 

Jonathan Coors
Michael Coors
Timothy Coors


COVID-19 update with Dr Jenna and Chief People and Systems Officer Irma Lockridge
November 19, 2020

Dr. Jenna and Irma Lockridge discuss additional tips and strategies to manage COVID-19 for the rest of the 2020. 

Continue the Conversation on The CoorsTek Way
May 19, 2020

Join the Co-CEOs as they continue the conversation on The CoorsTek Way and how our values help inform and guide us on how we want to interact with each other, our customers and the world

Updates from Around the World: Japan
April 23, 2020

Hiroshi Ito, Senior Director of Manufacturing, CTKK, and Koji Teraoka, Senior Director of Sales, CTKK, discuss the steps CoorsTek in Japan is taking to keep employees safe, healthy, and productive during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Plant Perspectives
East Granby, Connecticut
April 20, 2020

Join Robert Lafleche, CNC Setup Leader, as he discusses how the CoorsTek facility in East Granby, CT, is coming together (at least 6 feet apart), looking out for each other, and staying productive and positive throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with our Co-CEO, Timothy Coors.

Plant Perspectives
Hillsboro, Oregon
April 20, 2020

Join Kirk Miller, Metrologist, as he discusses how the CoorsTek facility inHillsboro, OR, is making their community measurably better during the COVID-19 pandemic with our Co-CEO, Jonathan Coors.

COVID-19 Update
Europe Team Update
April 09, 2020

Andreas Schneider,  EVP Commercial, and Pieter Schoone, Senior Director Manufacturing, join Co-CEO Michael Coors to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to CoorsTek employees and customers in Europe.

COVID-19 Update
Jay Voncannon, CoorsTek CFO
April 6, 2020

CoorsTek’s Chief Financial Officer Jay Voncannon joins Co-CEO Timothy Coors to discuss the world economy and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Video Update:
Co-CEOs Employee Update
April 03, 2020

Join the Co-CEOs as they discuss the business climate, how the company is responding to our new protocols, the importance of self-care and how our company history will guide us through this unprecedented situation.

COVID-19 Update:
Patty Mishic O'Brien, CoorsTek CCO
April 01, 2020

Join Chief Commercial Officer, Patty Mishic O'Brien as she shares her thoughts on how customers in our key markets are managing through COVID-19, and how we are supporting them - with Co-CEO, Jonathan Coors.

COVID-19 Update:
Byung-Woo Han, Gumi Plant Manager
March 26, 2020

Timothy Coors speaks with Byung-Woo Han (BW), Plant Manager, about the successful CoorsTek Operations in Gumi, S. Korea amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Update:
Andy Filson, CoorsTek COO
March 25, 2020

Chief Operations Officer, Andy Filson, discusses the importance of leadership in times of crisis with our Co-CEO, Michael Coors.  

The global outbreak of COVID-19 means we are all getting used to a new normal for the immediate future. This means a new way of working at CoorsTek. We are sharing our latest guidance with you through video to provide a more timely response to the rapidly changing situation.

The ELT and our Global Response Team are doing everything possible to address questions and establish practical regional policies to ensure business continuity and ensure the safety of our employees. We have introduced travel and visitor policies, personal hygiene and social distancing guidance, pay provisions and a regular flow of communications. Please continue to check the Coronavirus Information intranet site for regular updates, including Health Tips from Dr. Jenna.

We hope that everyone understands the importance of committing to these new ways of working to help keep our workplace and team members safe. This is a time when we are Better Today | Better Together | Better Tomorrow in every sense.

Please stay safe, stay calm, wash your hands regularly, practice social distancing and stay home if you are sick. We invite you to share your feedback with us at

Jonathan Coors | Michael Coors | Timothy Coors

March 16: New Ways of Working and Employee Screening & Response

As part of our ongoing response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global health situation we are introducing new guidance for all global team members: New Ways of Working for CoorsTek and a COVID-19 Employee Screening and Response Protocol. Both of these guidance documents can be found on the Coronavirus Information intranet site.

We have outlined what to do if you feel sick while at home or at work, employee screening measures, and return to work protocol if you have been sick or exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. We are also implementing new ways of working which include guidance on employee and visitor meetings and social distancing protocol.

The purpose of this protocol and our ways of working guidance is to make sure that you stay safe and healthy and that your team members and our community stay healthy. We are working to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and feel that these measures will help us in that regard. We hope that everyone comes together to ensure everyone’s safety.

We hope that you understand that this is not about making your job more difficult but allowing you to be safe at work. We invite you to share your feedback with us at

Please stay safe, wash your hands regularly and stay home if you are sick.

Jonathan Coors
Michael Coors
Timothy Coors


March 13: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Dear Team Members,

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to dominate the global news cycle, we’d like to provide you with regular communications to keep you updated on the rapidly evolving situation, how the company is responding and what you can do. We will send a memo every two weeks to update you on the latest news from the business.

We realize that the situation evolves separately in different parts of the world and as a result there will be different stages of prevention and response. In each update we will point out One Big Thing that we need to call your attention to. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) across the globe are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 countries. The disease caused by the virus has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Simple, everyday actions like washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue that is promptly thrown away and staying home when you’re sick will make a difference in limiting and slowing the spread of the virus.

We are closely monitoring the impact to date on our operations. We are staying very close to our customers and suppliers to mitigate any delivery risks and currently we are not experiencing any major disruptions in orders from our customers nor is our ability to deliver product compromised as a result of the virus.

We have convened a global response team that includes the ELT and functional leaders from around the business to ensure we are being consistent with our decisions and communications. We are actively providing guidance to regional teams on how to communicate, raise issues and make decisions.

We have partnered with Jenna Singleton, MD who will serve as our medical consultant. Dr. Singleton is a highly credentialed physician currently with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She will be sharing regular updates on best hygiene practices and other precautionary measures we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus.

As we begin to establish new norms for working, our Microsoft Teams online communications tool (Teams job aid) is a great resource to help you do your job and continue to collaborate with other team members, customers or suppliers. In addition, we are finalizing a revised Visitor Policy and questionnaire that provides guidelines for any visitors to our locations. We are taking a cautious, but balanced approach to visits to our company.

Right now, the One Big Thing we need your help with is to update your personal contact information in Workday including your personal and business mobile numbers and your home phone number. We value your privacy and we also care about your health and safety. We will only use this information if there was an urgent update related to your location. Here’s a job aid on how to add your contact information in Workday, or you can reach out to your HRBP for assistance.

In the US, familiarize yourself with your health carrier’s same-day or virtual care options (via telephone or video chat). Free 24/7 medical advice/nurse lines are also available to members. In areas outside the US, costs and medical care for COVID-19 are covered by the local government and/or medical insurance. Please refer to the new intranet site where we are sharing up-to-date, translated information on the evolving situation. Check the site regularly as we will not send a communication every time a new resource is added. Access the information through the EHS site or on the intranet home page by selecting:

Coronavirus Information

As we plan for the weeks ahead, we will continue to keep you apprised of the impact to our employees and business. If you have questions or concerns please send a note to We will respond personally or address your questions in our next communication. In the meantime, stay safe, wash your hands regularly and please stay home if you are feeling sick.

Jonathan Coors
Michael Coors
Timothy Coors


FEBRUARY 25: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Dear Team Members,

The coronavirus (COVID-19) that began in Wuhan, China is an emerging, rapidly changing situation that we are monitoring closely at CoorsTek. Your health and safety is of the utmost importance and as this outbreak continues to spread globally, we are asking you to take the following precautionary measures:

  • Restrict all international business travel unless approved by the ELT.
  • Conduct global business by phone or Skype, including business with customers/visitors.
  • Local functional leaders have the discretion to allow team members to work within their comfort levels regarding local travel or working from home.
  • CoorsTek offices and facilities should stock up on cleaning/sanitizing supplies for the facility.
  • Encourage employees to be attentive to their own health and pay attention to their local surroundings, especially when taking public transportation.

If you have recently traveled to China, South Korea, or Japan (or have come into contact with somebody who has) in the last 14 days and you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical attention right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel history and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others. Follow the guidance of your doctor and consult with your supervisor before returning to work.

The following is good practice regardless of where you work or travel:

  • Avoid traveling while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol if soap and water are not available. • Avoid touching your face (especially with unwashed hands)

You may refer to the US Department of State, World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control in your country for precautions in your specific location.

Our leadership team is paying close attention to this situation and staying in regular contact with our leaders in regions that are impacted. We are monitoring world health authority information sites and keeping as current as possible on the changing situation.

Additionally, our commercial teams are working closely with customers to understand and mitigate any potential business impact this could have, although this is not an immediate concern. Our supply chain team is also monitoring all critical supplies to ensure business continuity. We will provide regular updates as we learn more in the weeks to come.

Jonathan Coors
Michael Coors
Timothy Coors


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