Mich. (WNDU) – At the start of this year, few people knew what PPE was.
Today, some Southwest Michigan business leaders who find themselves making it have received certificates of recognition from Congress.
âThat’s good. It’s a new business that we might wish we didn’t have, but they are stepping up to make sure we’re all safe,â said U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, (R) 6th Michigan district.
Doubleday Office Products was one of the companies awarded for manufacturing transparent protective shields.
âSo it’s a big company that’s new to us. We just started sourcing materials and seeing what the customer needed and making custom sneeze guards, âsaid Bryan Shindeldecker of Doubleday. âWe are building it. We get the raw materials. We have a custom laminate and panel store and we kind of converted that into our sneeze shield manufacturing area. “
Doubleday was one of a dozen local businesses honored today for the difference they have made.
âSo we have a number of companies in Berrien County that provide PPE and they’ve been doing it for a very long time. They were at the forefront of hand sanitizer and shields and so what we found from businesses in the area is that they can get all the PPE they need right here in Berrien County â, said Rob Cleveland of Cornerstone Alliance.
Congressman Fred Upton hinted that the district’s biggest business contribution to the coronavirus cause may yet have been made.
âPfizer’s largest operation is in Kalamazoo. They are now starting to swap two production lines to make a COVID vaccine that has yet to be approved by the FDA. In other words, the clinical trials are so promising that they expect the FDA to approve it to be safe, âUpton told 16 News Now. “So they work around the clock, hire more people, spend whatever it takes to be up and running, but their prediction is that they will have up to 40 million approved doses made here in southwest Michigan.” before the end of the year. “
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