The University of Minnesota graduate wasted no time when he heard about the shortage of personal protective gear. Bedford Industries , an international leader in twist-tie manufacturing, is now a key player in the battle to halt the transfer of coronavirus.
The Worthington company is poised to begin making more than , face shields each day, thanks to staff ingenuity and the required product registration from the federal Food and Drug Administration.
Their prototype of the shield — a clear plastic shield that covers the entire face — drew consensus from hospitals, health care providers and others that the face shield could do the most good.
Some of these will be given to local first responders and essential services in or near Worthington, and the new face shield is being sought by the U.
The company started in a garage in Worthington and grew to be the largest twist tie manufacture in the world. When they learned of the severe medical supply shortage to protect people on the frontlines from COVID, the Bedford team of engineers and production people went to work. Bedford Industries has long made the nose wire used in medical masks. But this new shield goes one step further. The company said it recently produced 70, shields in a hour period. Bedford Industries is trying to distance its staff where it can and to keep employees as healthy as possible.
Local manufacturers, health care providers, and an economic development organization in Fergus Falls are partnering to produce personal protective equipment and other supplies to combat the COVID pandemic. In just a few days, Excel Plastics, which makes point of purchase displays for merchandising, was able to pivot to produce a prototype that will result in the production of 4, face shields for Lake Region Healthcare LRH.
Meanwhile, Shoretex Products, which makes boat covers and other marine accessories, is shifting production capacity to sew protective gowns for LRH. Deckert began approaching local manufacturers to help. One of her initial contacts was Craig Koefod, owner of Excel Plastics , who was quick to support the idea of making plastic face shields to protect local health care workers.
Another connection was made with Sharon Heifort, co-owner of Shoretex Products. Bill Kasper, my partner and I, feel very fortunate to be able to keep our employees working during these uncertain times and help our local hospitals. GFF is asking other businesses in the area that can manufacture personal protective equipment items to contact them at for more information. Bichler and Deckert are also working to connect other regional health care organizations and first responders to identify their needs and connect them with these local resources.
Mickman Brothers, a family-owned and operated garden center, emptied their shelves recently to hand out free flowers to families during this time of social distancing and isolation. Cars lined up and down the block in Ham Lake to receive a variety of pansies, paired with a pot and some soil.
Mickman Brothers' employees said they gave away over 1, flowers in less than a half hour. Mickman Brothers is a landscaping, irrigation, garden center and national holiday wreath fundraising business in the North Metro area. Hilltop Bar and Grill in Dawson is getting essential food items for customers when they can't get them in local grocery stores.
Co-owners Keith Knutson and Colin Bergeson are offering at cost essentials like bread, eggs, ground beef, and other items they can get from their distributors — but that might be sold out at local stores. Knutson says that Hilltop isn't looking to take business away from local grocery stores, but it wants to make sure local residents have the food they need. We understand we certainly aren't the only types of business impacted by this hardship, and wish everyone the best of luck!
Blooming Grounds coffee shop in Winona is making lunches for the elderly in cooperation in the local senior center, and volunteers are delivering them. Blooming Grounds Owner Amy Jo Marks jumped into action to provide lunches for children in need when schools shut down.
After the school district started providing lunches for children, she switched to helping seniors in need.
Local residents and businesses including Ziebell's, Winona Health, and Rochester Wholesale Fruit have donated lunch supplies - from peanut butter and jelly to apples and fruit cups. Local volunteers are needed to help with packing and delivering the lunches to local seniors. Montevideo area residents with respiratory symptoms who can no longer manage their illness at home call ahead to CCM Health, are asked a series of questions, and if it's determined they should come in for testing, they drive up to the portable building which is in a parking lot.
They then wait in the car for staff to take their test. Having this portable building prevents people who may be infected with COVID from coming into the main clinic and potentially infecting other patients and staff.
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