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


WASHINGTON, DC – Each week we see more people across America making medical supplies, supporting each other, and helping lift morale during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A few of these great stories are highlighted in the third series of E&C Republican highlights. The first and second can be found HERE and HERE, respectively. Last week, House Republicans also launched a dedicated landing page to highlight many of these stories, which you can see HERE.

Here are some inspiring examples of how #AmericaWorksTogether:

In Michigan’s 6th district, where Rep. Fred Upton serves as the representative, a company makes an intubation box to help protect health care workers.

WILX: Supply company makes collapsible intubation box for Michigan hospitals

A supply company in Kalamazoo is producing an intubation box that will shield health care providers from COVID-19 patients.

Schupan Aluminum and Plastic Sales in Kalamazoo created the intubation box along with mechanical engineer Andy Bornhorst to help Michigan hospitals.

A company is giving its profits to the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund in Rep. Pete Olson’s district in Texas.

Houston Chronicle: Katy Igloo factory ramps up efforts to send coolers to healthcare workers, pledges profits to CDC

“As a proud American manufacturer, we want to do our part to unify our country behind the collective efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus. We support our national community of tireless healthcare workers on the front lines working through this time of uncertainty,” Dave Allen, Igloo President & CEO said in the release. “Donating 100 percent of profits from the sales of Playmate coolers on is not only going to deliver needed resources to the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund, but also symbolizes American manufacturing persevering in the toughest of times.”

In Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s district in Illinois, a company is making hand sanitizer and another is helping their employees while supporting local restaurants. Belvidere General Mills plant buys gift cards from local eateries, gives to employees

General Mills shows appreciation for some of its Belvidere workers while supporting local restaurants in the process.

General Mills’ Belvidere plant manager Kristina Govern says the company is taking steps to support their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers who meet certain criteria can qualify for an additional two weeks’ pay.

“We’ve also offered gift cards to several local vendors, which we think will help out the community as well, to folks that have just gone above and beyond, and maybe shifted their schedule around, or worked in an area that they needed to be retrained in,” she said.

WREX: Rochelle distillery transitions to make hand sanitizer amid COVID-19

A distillery in the Stateline has decided to transition from the alcohol business to the cleaning business.

Kennay Farms Distilling in Rochelle announced they’ve transitioned from spirits to hand sanitizer amid the outbreak of COVID-19.

In Rep. Jeff Duncan’s district in South Carolina, students also are working to support local restaurants by creating an online directory to easily find gift cards.

Greenville News: ‘There’s something in these hills:’ Clemson students launch ‘Save Mom and Pop Shops’ website

Sridharan kept thinking on what he saw, an effect of the global pandemic of COVID-19 shuttering businesses and college campuses alike.

So, he decided to do something. Along with the help of about five other Clemson students, Sridharan created, or “Save Mom and Pop Shops,” an online directory of about 250 restaurants — and growing — where people can find links to buy gift cards for their favorite hometown spots.

In Ohio’s 6th Congressional district, represented by Rep. Bill Johnson, companies are stepping up to create masks during this pandemic.

Daily Times: Sole Choice helping to serve the country

Local company Sole Choice, is supplying pieces for much-needed masks for New Balance to make masks to assist in the fight against the Coronavirus.

The Business Journal: GLI Pool Products Ready to Make 100K Masks

All told, there’s not much difference between cutting the fabric needed for medical workers’ masks and the vinyl to make pool liners. That’s why, with enough fabric to make 100,000 masks, GLI Pool Products is turning its efforts to fighting the spread of COVID-19.

“We have to change our cutting tables over to a different file. That’s not hard. Our sewing machines are designed to build safety covers, which is a much different product than these delicate masks, so there are adjustments there,” said GLI owner Gary Crandall. “But it’s not difficult. It’s really just moving from one product to another. It’s not rocket science.”

Companies in Morgan Griffith’s district in Virginia are retooling their facilities to help produce personal protective equipment, or PPE.

SWVA Today: H&V has role to play in COVID-19 response

National headlines over the past several weeks have been dominated by coverage of the face mask shortage and businesses’ efforts to address that pressing crisis. As it turns out, a local Floyd company has a major role to play in the nationwide response. Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V), which can be found on Parkview Road NE right outside of town, is a manufacturer of advanced filtration materials, including the media used to make N95 face masks.

N95 masks are so named because the high-grade media inside the mask filters out 95% of particulates. They are primarily known for their medical applications and use by health care professionals, but can also be used by people who work in the construction or automotive industries, for instance. The masks have been mentioned in the news recently in the context of the global coronavirus pandemic, and a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) as hospitals try to respond to the growing number of patients infected with the virus.

According to a corporate press release posted on the H&V website March 26, the company, which has a global footprint beyond its facility in Floyd, has “added staff and adjusted manufacturing schedules to optimize the amount of product we can produce in response to this global health crisis” over the last few months.

WDBJ: Oak Hall shifts production from caps and gowns to hospital masks

But in the middle of graduation season, a new season has demanded the attention of the 300 employees there who sew.

“What ended up happening is that Johns Hopkins has provided the fabric for us so it was fully tested, fully approved by them, and the shipment arrived here Monday night, with their couriers, so we could start production on Tuesday,” said D’Angelo.

Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville-area companies convert operations to the production of needed medical supplies.

Stone is converting his operations from producing dance outfits, costumes, active apparel and swimwear to manufacturing masks, acrylic protective shields and gowns for health care workers.

Fabric for masks will be cut at Stone’s Walker Road site and the sewing will be done there, at Mollie’s Originals and at another sewing operation in Floyd.

Indiana’s 5th district, Rep. Susan Brooks’ constituents are donating hand sanitizer in their communities while teachers are boosting student morale.

Indy Star: Noblesville teachers parade through students’ neighborhoods: ‘We’ve missed them terribly’

Teachers from North Elementary School in Noblesville decorated their cars and paraded through neighborhoods, waving and honking at students from afar during the closure of schools because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Herald Bulletin: Local distillery brews up hand sanitizer and gives it away to community during shortage

The first items that became difficult to find in Madison County when the coronavirus (COVID-19) fears started to spread were toilet paper and hand sanitizer. While everyone is still scratching their heads over why toilet paper is such a hot commodity, businesses and health professionals struggled to fill orders for hand sanitizer.

The brothers came up with a solution. Make hand sanitizer at their business and offer it to the community in small quantities for free.

Rep. Greg Gianforte serves the entire state of Montana as the member-at-large, where constituents are sewing masks and mobilizing to help health care workers.

Daily Inter Lake: Bigfork businesses tap into sanitizer market

Two Bigfork businesses have come up with an innovative way to meet the need for hand sanitizer as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

Whistling Andy Distillery has paired up with The Good Stuff Botanicals to create Top Shelf Sanitizer for the health-care industry, private sector and the public. During this state of emergency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed American distillers to make ethanol to be used as an ingredient in sanitizer, according to a press release from Whistling Andy. Top Shelf Sanitizer is being produced in accordance with FDA and World Health Organization guidelines at the required 80% alcohol content.

Montana Standard: Butte crafters mobilize to help health workers, emergency service providers

As the world comes to a near standstill while trying to fend off the novel coronavirus, crafty people are stepping up to make homemade face masks for their local health workers facing shortages in protective gear and supplies.

With volunteers across the nation forming sewing groups, a Butte woman has created a Facebook group to rally locals with sewing talents to make face masks.

Great Falls Tribune: Crafting in crisis: Community sews masks for hospital workers in Havre amid COVID-19

So, she created a Facebook group Saturday afternoon, called Help Needed to Sew Masks for Northern Montana Hospital, where she shared Muniz’s instructions and invited community members to participate.

People used the digital platform to share sewing tips and materials, some lending scissors and unused sewing machines, others offering to pick up and deliver fabric from the local store.

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