CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
Before coronavirus was a concern, Diversified Communications had planned a seafood exhibition to be held in Boston this week. With the event cancelled, the company had 57 bottles of hand sanitizer sitting in the office. Organizers reached out to Maine Medical Center, which gladly took the eight cases off their hands.
UMaine faculty, staff and students are partnering with state and medical officials along with other organizations. They’re getting help from breweries and distilleries to make about 400 gallons of FDA-approved hand sanitizer day.
Stone Fort Distillery in Biddeford, Maine knew the right thing to do was to switch from whisky to hand sanitizer through the coronavirus, COVID-19 crisis.
A fabric store in Auburn, Maine is pivoting to meet the demand of cotton face masks due to the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.
Rogue Wear says it is switching some of its production from athletic products to stitching protective masks.
One of those companies, Puritan Medical Products, based in Guilford, Maine has ramped up its production to more than 1 million swabs per week, according to Timothy Templet, the company’s vice president of sales.
Amid a growing number of coronavirus cases and the shortage of protective gear for health care workers, Bowdoin College staff are using 3D printers to create a visor that attaches to a replaceable plastic face shield.
Sikorsky says he’s relieved that he may not have to lay off any of his five employees this season, despite travel bans and lodging closures. He says he will likely clear the books for most, if not all, of May.
With demand for craft spirits dropping following the closure of bars and restaurants across Maine, distillers are turning their talents to crafting high-proof alcohol needed to make hand sanitizer.
Maine Health uses 40 gallons of hand sanitizer per day. As is everything in these times it is in short supply. Blue Barren Distillery, in Camden, will switch from distilled spirits to lend a hand to a local and statewide effort to produce the much-needed commodity.
According to the Bangor Daily News, the company, which is known for making Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, has shifted part of its production to make hand sanitizer. Several of parent company Sazarac’s plants will contribute to the goal of making 5 million bottles of hand sanitizer.
Just a week and a half after launching the website, which is free to use, he estimates that people have submitted thousands of reports from stores that are located in more than 200 locations around the country.
The Boston-based running shoemaker said it would muster a portion of its U.S. manufacturing workers to develop and make face masks. New Balance has factories in Norridgewock and Norway and factory stores in Skowhegan, Kittery and Oxford.
The North Sails workshop in South Freeport has started making masks for caregivers who need protection from the coronavirus.
Neighbors are organizing trips to the grocery store for their elderly neighbors. Maine’s distilleries have begun manufacturing hand sanitizer. Maine sewing and manufacturing companies have switched gears to make personal protective equipment to keep health care workers safe.
A business in Farmington is heeding the CDC call on all of America to help fight the pandemic. The head of Origin U-S-A says that within 48 hours of that call they answered by developing a face mask for a filter.
The masks, critical equipment for medical staff and first responders when treating COVID-19 patients, are in short supply in Maine and elsewhere.