Several businesses served by Wabash Valley Power member co-ops were among those highlighted by the Indiana governor for supporting first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday highlighted numerous manufacturers for supporting first responders by providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care professionals, including doctors and nurses at hospitals treating patients suffering from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The virus is considered to be easily spread and does not have a cure or vaccine, putting medical personnel at risk when supporting patients.
The co-op served companies highlighted by Holcomb include:
- Jordan Manufacturing: Served by Carroll White REMC, the Monticello-based business that produces outdoor patio textiles has shifted its production to make isolation gowns to support healthcare providers. The company shifted production at two Indiana facilities, and has made more than 11,500 gowns for the state. Inside Indiana Business profiled the company’s efforts during the pandemic.
- Fleece Performance Engineering: Served by Hendricks Power, the Pittsboro-based diesel truck components manufacturer quickly engineered and began producing lightweight disposable face shields. The company wrote on its Facebook page that the new face shield developed takes only a small fraction of shipping and storage space compared to others. Indianapolis-based RTV 6 also profiled Fleece Performance’s efforts, which include capabilities to make more than 150 masks per hour with shipments going across the U.S.
Local electric co-ops continue to support the businesses on their lines. More information about available resources for businesses and workers can be found at WVPA.com.