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Partnership to 3-D print face shields grows into network delivering impact

COVID-19

An impromptu mission to produce much-needed protective equipment for Alabama health care workers started with two 3-D printers in a home workshop running around the clock. It’s grown into a coordinated network of partners that includes motivated volunteers, three local high schools and companies...

Written by Jerry Underwood

BAMA task force targets PPE production for COVID-19 crisis and beyond

COVID-19

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield says the state’s business community has stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic by shifting output to produce badly needed personal protective equipment and medical gear for health care workers and ordinary citizens. While most of these moves have been...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama PPE-maker Eastern Technologies ramps up in COVID-19 battle

COVID-19

A company in Alabama’s Wiregrass region is helping to fight the COVID-19 pandemic across the U.S. and in hard-hit regions around the world. Ashford-based Eastern Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of personal protective equipment serving a wide range of industries, provided coveralls that were used...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama researchers energize efforts to aid search for COVID-19 therapies

COVID-19

Alabama’s bioscience researchers and organizations have mobilized to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to advance urgent work that could lead to new treatments and vaccines. This includes Birmingham-based TriAltus Bioscience LLC, which developed protein purification technology to support research into a new COVID-19 vaccine...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes resumes production in Alabama with new safety measures

COVID-19

VANCE, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz is beginning to gradually ramp up production at its Alabama manufacturing plant after adopting robust safety measures to protect workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI), as its Alabama operation is known, said operations began Monday with one...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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After shift to face masks, Cullman’s HomTex makes long-term PPE plans

COVID-19

 CULLMAN, Alabama – In less than a month, HomTex Inc., a manufacturer of bed linens and other items, has shifted its focus from traditional products to making cotton face masks for businesses and individuals coping with the threat of coronavirus. Today, the family owned...

Written by Jerry Underwood

For Calagaz Printing, it’s 153,000 protective face shields and counting

COVID-19

MOBILE, Alabama – A South Alabama printing company is helping frontline healthcare workers at home and across the U.S. fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Mobile-based Calagaz Printing Inc. had produced about 153,000 protective face shields as of Wednesday, the result of collaborating with local hospitals...

Written by Dawn Azok

Birmingham firm provides high-tech helping hand to companies in COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak, many companies are wrestling with the challenges of travel bans and social distancing practices, but one Birmingham firm is offering a way to keep business operations going through mobile augmented reality technology. Help Lightning’s high-tech solution allows technicians to remotely...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auburn teams to assemble 100 RE-InVENT emergency ventilators

COVID-19

AUBURN, Alabama – Auburn University says more than 100 of its innovative emergency ventilators – converted from CPAP machines – have been assembled and may soon join the fight against COVID-19. Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering said today that it has teamed with...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Hyundai to provide COVID-19 testing resources in Montgomery region

COVID-19

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama today announced its support to increase COVID-19 testing in Montgomery and surrounding counties through a collaborative effort with Mayor Steven Reed. Hyundai’s Alabama operation (HMMA) is coordinating an in-kind donation of 10,000 COVID-19 RT-PCR tests developed by...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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