Ford, Anheuser-Busch, Ralph Lauren, and 7 more companies shift gears to create protective gear, sanitizer, and more to help the frontline workers of the COVID-19 crisis.
Cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have risen past 1 million globally, affecting over 180 countries. As the number of cases and deaths rise, health care professionals who are on the frontlines of this pandemic have the overwhelming task of treating the masses of patients with dwindling amounts of supplies.
To help health care workers in this fight against COVID-19, numerous companies have shifted product production to provide workers with more hand sanitizer, free meals, protective gear, and more. In the slides below, you'll find 10 companies that have gotten creative from Anheuser-Busch using surplus alcohol to make hand sanitizer to a Pennsylvania-based sportswear retailer that is converting its baseball jersey factory to make protective gear.
1. Siemens. The US unit of the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe teamed up with Georgia Tech to produce up to 2500 face shields a day for hospitals in the Atlanta area. Siemens is also opened up their global 3D printing network for designers and suppliers of medical devices around the world for free.
2. Bloom Energy. The California-based cell fuel maker is refurbishing unused, out-of-warranty ventilators in partnership with Almo Corporation, a Philadelphia-based appliance distributor that will ship them to state agencies and hospitals across the US that need them the most.
3. Ford. In a press release on March 30, 2020, Ford announced it is collaborating with GE Healthcare to produce 50 000 third-party ventilators within the next 100 days, and 30 000-a-month thereafter if needed. Ford is also working with 3M and GE Healthcare to make ventilators as well as respirators and face shields at its manufacturing sites.
4. Anheuser-Busch InBev. The largest beer maker in the world is manufacturing and donating >1 million bottles of hand sanitizer to hospitals and frontline workers worldwide from surplus alcohol at its breweries.
5. Bauer. The New Hampshire-based hockey company has shifted from making hockey equipment, skates, and apparel to single-use face shields to help physicians, nurses, and first responders. Bauer is starting out with 2 dozen employees producing up to 4000 face shields a day.
6. Fanatics. The Pennsylvania-based manufacture of Nike uniforms for Major League Baseball temporarily converted its factory to produce protective masks and gowns for medical professionals in the Northeast from the same fabric used for the big-league uniforms.
7. Airbnb. The online vacation rental company is providing free or subsidized housing for 100 000 healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders globally.
8. Carbyne. A New York startup’s emergency response tool is being used by 911 responders in New Orleans to track patients by video screening callers to help them identify situations where they’ll be at high risk of infection.
9. Uber Eats. The popular online food ordering and delivery platform is working with local governments to give up to 300 000 free meals to first responders in the US and Canada.
10. Ralph Lauren. The popular luxury fashion brand is producing 250 000 face masks and 25 000 isolation gowns with their US manufacturing partners.