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Many Maine businesses have retooled to help supply customers in the battle against coronavirus.
Here are some examples. If you know of others, let us know in the comments.
JSI Store Fixtures in Milo produces transparent hygiene barriers that perhaps are best recognized as those plexiglass shields that have popped up at local grocery stores to separate the customers from the cashier. It usually manufactures high-end, wood merchandising displays and wrapping store refrigeration displays in wood cases.
Whitefield’s ProKnee Corp., a manufacturer of industrial knee pads, is churning out face shields for essential workers in Maine.
Novare Res Bier Cafe of Portland, a beer garden that offers more than 500 varieties of brews and liquors, sells personal protective equipment like sterile gloves, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.
Twin Rivers Paper Company of Madawaska, which manufactures label, packaging, publication and technical forms of paper, is working to develop materials to be used for various personal protective equipment such as gowns and face masks as well as for disinfectant wipes.
The Bangor Region YMCA and the Old Town-Orono YMCA are putting various workouts on their websites, while Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Bangor and Brunswick and Crossfit Bangor are supplying workouts via Zoom meetings.
North Sails of South Freeport, which makes sailcloth and tote bags, now makes cotton masks for caregivers.
Brunswick-based STARC Systems has refocused its manufacturing of temporary modular walls and begun making isolation systems for health care facilities. The company’s products normally are used to seal off dusty construction areas within businesses or hospitals.
American Roots, a Westbrook company that makes clothing and blankets with custom-order logos for customers, has begun manufacturing plastic face shields for health-care workers.
Flowfold, a Gorham company that makes lightweight outdoor gear out of trash, also started making face shields.
New England Distilling in Portland, which typically produces whiskey, gin and rum, is among 20 Maine distilleries that have teamed up with the University of Maine’s chemical and biomedical engineering department to produce hand sanitizer ― Ethanol, which, at more than 94.9 percent alcohol, is one of two formulations approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the hand cleaning agent. To make the high-test ethanol, distillers need beer, lots of it.
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