SK Battery America, a Korean company that has a home base in Commerce, donated 1,000 KF94 respirator masks to Liberty Regional Medical Center on Feb. 18.
The donation was made possible through a partnership with Congressman Buddy Carter.
Carter said the company donated 1,000 masks to LRMC and Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup.
“This is another example of a great company that is committed to the state of Georgia,” Carter said. “They built a plant in Commerce in Northeast Georgia which is a 2.5 billion dollar investment that is going to provide 2,600 jobs…again Georgia is a number one business state…and some of these companies are just great companies that give back to the communities.”
Carter said his office helped coordinate the efforts after they learned that SK battery wanted to do something for rural hospitals within the state.
The KF94 respirator is an FDA 510(k) approved N95 substantial equivalent standard surgical grade respirator mask. Carter as well as the SK Battery of America CEO, Junho Hwang were on hand to deliver the much needed mask to the staff.
Hwang said he was humbled to be able to fill a need during a current pandemic crisis.
About SK Battery:
SK Battery America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SK Innovation Co. Ltd. and the leading developer of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. SK Innovation, a part of SK Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Korea, has made a $2.58 billion investment in an electric vehicle battery plant in Commerce, Georgia that will generate 2,600 jobs. The investment will provide opportunities for SK Innovation to bring its world-class products to additional automakers in the United States with the goal of making it one of the top EV battery manufacturing sites in the world.