Southern Ontario company pivots from pigs to humans in fight against pandemic
Businessman Dave Caputo recently purchased a company in Palmerston, Ontario (near Waterloo) that was manufacturing barriers used by hog farmers to prevent the spread of African flu. Now they’re building anti-microbial wall panels that can be used in a hospital setting to isolate suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients in emergency departments.
The idea arose when an employee mentioned his reluctance to go to a hospital during the pandemic. Caputo realized that instead of shutting down the factory, they needed to change what they were building. Employees quickly created a few human-appropriate barrier prototypes and asked a doctor in their nearby emergency department to test them out.
The results have been stunning: Caputo and his growing team are now producing thousands of “TempWall” panels and providing them at cost to hospitals across North America. The project has also provided timely employment to many laid-off local workers and brought the community a sense of purpose.
Source: National Post