As the region’s health care providers grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of resources and vital supplies, two more Rochester-area manufacturers have stepped up to help.
J.N. White Associates Inc. on Sunday said it had launched a splatter protecting face shield to help fight the spread of the disease, while Eastman Kodak Co. on Tuesday announced it had entered an agreement with the state of New York to supply isopropyl alcohol to aid in the production of “NYS Clean” hand sanitizer.
To support the state’s production of hand sanitizer—available free to residents and distributed to impacted communities as well as state agencies like schools and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority—Kodak has begun delivering tanker loads of the chemical from its Eastman Business Park facility.
“Kodak is committed to helping fight the spread of COVID-19,” said Kodak Executive Chairman Jim Continenza in a statement. “I could not be prouder of our dedicated team members who quickly mobilized to provide this essential ingredient for hand sanitizer. We will continue to work closely with New York and federal representatives to identify other ways to bring Kodak’s resources and technology to bear in the fight against this pandemic.”
In the Wyoming County town of Perry, JN White has developed the SplatterGuard, an all-in-one face shield that can be used as an additional piece of personal protective equipment to impede droplets of moisture or other materials from reaching the face.
The company added the product specifically to assist those facing increased risk from the COVID-19 virus, officials said. The new product is far afield from the 60-year-old company’s typical work as an ISO 9001:2015 and ITAR certified custom manufacturer specializing in the design and production of membrane switches, graphic overlays and labels.
“JN White is deploying the great minds of our employees and production resources in new ways to help fight this pandemic,” said President Jason Aymerich in a statement. “We are so proud of our team and their ingenuity, and honored to do our part as Americans.”
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