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Fourth E&C Republican District Highlights: Stepping Up During Coronavirus Outbreak


Washington, DC – Since our last installment of Energy and Commerce Committee Republican district highlights, we’ve continued to see neighbors, workers, business and community leaders, and so many others tackle the challenges of this pandemic by helping bring critical supplies and support people in their communities.

In this fourth series, we share more of these stories. For additional highlights of how #AmericaWorksTogether check out this map of examples from House Republicans.

In Indiana, home to Reps. Susan Brooks and Larry Bucshon, M.D., the governor highlights companies helping with the state’s response and The Lilly Endowment Inc. provides a grant to help support United Way.

WBIW .com: Gov. Holcomb Announces Indiana Businesses Working To Support COVID-19 Response

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced Indiana businesses across the state are answering the call to support the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response effort.

The state’s manufacturers are leveraging their resources, supply chains, and Hoosier workers to produce personal protection equipment (PPE) for health care providers, while business and community leaders have stepped up to source and donate additional materials.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), which has been working with business leaders across the state to help meet the increased demand for PPE, has secured commitments for more than 2.6 million pieces of PPE.

Tribune-Star: Lilly Endowment grants $1.1 million COVID-19 relief to UW of Wabash Valley

The Lilly Endowment Inc. will provide $1.1 million to the United Way of the Wabash Valley as part of its COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant.

The grant goes through the Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of the Wabash Valley is a member.

The purpose is to assist service provider organizations helping individuals and families with immediate COVID-19-related financial needs not covered by government programs or other traditional relief sources.

The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant will allow United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet COVID-related essential and basic needs and to address other COVID-19 critical issues that emerge.

A company gives away hand sanitizer to workers on the front lines in Michigan, where Rep. Fred Upton serves the 6th Congressional district.

Michigan Live: Perrigo donating 500k bottles of hand sanitizer

Pharmaceutical company Perrigo is the latest company donating hand sanitizer to hospitals and frontline workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, April 14, the company announced it’s providing 500,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, produced at its New York facility, to hospitals in New York and West Michigan, and the Michigan State Police.

Hand sanitizer, medical equipment, and personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, are being produced by companies in Rep. Morgan Griffith’s district in Virginia.

Bristol Herald Courier: Sign company making face shields for medical workers

Skyway Outdoor Inc. in Bastian is a signage and graphics company that specializes in the design, fabrication, installation and service of all sign types. But during the coronavirus pandemic, employees are creating more than signs; they are making face shields to protect medical workers from the virus.

Taking note of reported shortages of medical personal protective equipment, company owner Steve Nolley decided to shift resources toward creating the shields for local hospitals and medical facilities.

Employees worked with a few designs, but ultimately decided to use a design by the nursing research and innovation coordinator at St. Luke’s Hospital UnityPoint in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Roanoke Times: Wheeling around: Pulaski County’s Volvo plant produces PPE

One of the New River Valley’s largest manufacturers used a temporary halt in production and its 3-D printing technology to make personal protective equipment for hospitals running low on supplies.

A team of employees from the Pulaski County Volvo factory’s innovation lab have been making face shields and face mask clips for medical staff working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Franky Marchand, the plant general manager and vice president, said he contacted a local hospital to see how his company could help when production was temporarily halted in mid-March.

WVTF: Blacksburg Plant Quickly Changes Gears to Fight COVID-19

A plant in Blacksburg that makes insect repellents is now making hand sanitizer to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

Steve Schwallie is Division Vice President of Marketing at Spectrum Brands, which makes the insect repellent called “Cutter.”

“A few weeks ago when we started to hear about shortages with hand sanitizer nationwide, we had talked about things that we might be able to do to help with that because a lot of our ingredients that are in our personal repellents are also used to manufacture hand sanitizer. But we were really restricted because it’s heavily regulated by the FDA.”

But the FDA released new guidelines, so they quickly switched gears.

Bristol Herald Courier: Abingdon glass company supplying intubation boxes to hospitals

An Abingdon glass company is supplying several hospitals in the region with an extra layer of protection from the coronavirus.

The business is supplying intubation boxes to physicians and nurses on the front lines who must intubate patients suffering from the highly contagious virus.

Rep. Pete Olson has been sharing good news from his district, the 22nd district of Texas. Click HERE to view the #TX22GoodWillCreator Twitter thread. Below are some #TX22GoodWillCreator highlights.







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Third series, click HERE

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