Posted by William Mullane | April 3, 2020
Idaho companies of all kinds, including manufacturers, are stepping up to meet the challenges of the COVID – 19. It’s hard to keep up with everything but we listed what we know of below to commend those doing the work and to inspire others to come up with cool ideas of how we can kill Corona with kindness.
- Steve Watts, President of Image National Signs in Nampa, Idaho says, “Our number one priority is keeping people safe and healthy as they return to work. We have developed new procedures for our team and now manufacture products that can help all businesses return to work safely.” Learn more here.
- LSI is participating in the COVID-19 response by coating ventilator parts with Dicronite for several manufacturing companies. Learn more here.
- Woodland Manufacturing is making clear acrylic hygiene shields for bank tellers and gas station clerks in addition to essential signage related to COVID-19. Click here for more information.
- The Spokesman-Review has an article on how engineers from Continuous Composites of Coeur d’Alene, ID are teaming up with Altek of Liberty Lake, WA to turn their expertise of making high-strength aircraft components into reusable N95 masks that could help ease the shortage of protective equipment.
The great innovators at Mountain Home’s In The Ditch Towing Products are now manufacturing face shields for frontline essential workers. See more here.
- The Idaho Business Review reports that Crush the Curve Idaho is bringing businesses together to test workers for COVID-19. The group has a plan to test all of Idaho’s essential workers to avoid inadvertently spreading COVID-19 from essential workers to others and get all Idahoans back to work.
- The Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers webinars, information, and consulting services to help Idaho businesses weather the COVID storm. Information is changing fast and SBDC offices statewide are working with subject matter experts to deliver the most current information and business assistance options. Click here to learn about upcoming Webinar topics that could help your business through this difficult time.
- daho PPE Exchange (IPX) is a non-profit exchange that quickly connects suppliers and buyers of Personal Protective Equipment or PPE. The IPX seeks to assist Idaho buyers in locating potential sources of scarce but critical supplies. The IPX hopes that buyers will find sellers close to their operations to shorten the supply chain. The IPX has no financial interest in any suppliers/buyers. The IPX earns no revenue from the site or any transactions that occur as a result of the site.
- Your Brain on Stress and COVID-19 brought to by the Boise State Center for Professional Development.
Carol Barkes is a best -selling author, neuroscience-based conflict resolution and communication thought leader and an instructor at the Boise State Center for Professional Development. This topic and other forthcoming are intended to provide you with the tools and skills that will strengthen our ability to meet challenges together and accelerate out of the curve as soon as possible. #boisestate #cpd #accelerateoutofthecurve
- CLIF BARS is donating 3 million bars help sustain health-care workers around the world. They’re made in bakeries in Twin Falls, Idaho and Indianapolis, Indiana and being delivered to hospitals and health-care facilities in need. CLIFF BAR thanks everyone who is working hard to #feedthefight.
- Idaho Makers for Equity has pivoted to respond to Idaho’s urgent public health need due to the COVID-19 crisis. Announcing the #IdahoMakersUnite project! Be part of an army of Idaho Makers providing solutions to keep those on the front lines of care safe and healthy!
- Caldwell Food Industry Company, Reyco Systems, Lends Technology to Hospitals in COVID-19 Battle
Reyco Systems normally supports the food industry. Now Reyco is helping hospitals across Idaho in the fight against the new coronavirus. Reyco specializes in what’s known as “ultraviolet germicidal irradiation.” The company’s products — large racks and wands of ultraviolet light bulbs — allow those in the food processing industry to sanitize raw materials using ultraviolet light.
- Idaho’s Computrol Making circuit boards and parts for ventilators.
- Idaho’s Bucks Bags pivots from sporting goods to masks and gowns for health workers.
- College of Southern Idaho Printing Masks
Jim Kellis, a machining and manufacturing instructor at CSI (and husband of TechHelp’s Janna Hamlett), partnered up with Kyle Kutz, a food processing and automation engineering lab assistant, are 3D printing about 60 masks per day for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
- TechHelp Partner, Idaho State University is using 3D printers to produce coronavirus personal protection equipment including components for face shields, N95-compliant face masks and other personal protective equipment for use by ISU clinics, ISU health care workers, and Southeast Idaho emergency responders and health care workers.
- University of Idaho 3D Printing Masks
- The Team at Packing Specialties Inc in Burley is handing out appreciation bags to the truck drivers that pick up and deliver at PSI.
- Idaho Technology Council list of companies that are stepping up includes Micron, Albertsons, Sparklight, Idaho Power, Zions Bank and more.
- Here are some of the ways Boise State is helping out.
- Intermountain 3D of Garden City, ID prints reusable face masks for health care workers.