Salute to Our Essential Workforce

Posted in Blog on April 20, 2020

As published in Grand Rapids Business Journal and Holland Sentinel 

Salute to Our Essential Workforce 
By Jennifer Owens, President, Lakeshore Advantage
Our team has been working around the clock to keep a pulse on the needs of our business community in these challenging times. This week, nearly 200 business leaders responded to our weekly poll. Forty-one percent of them are changing up their product mix to support essential needs industries. 
In order for those employers to provide these critical products, their employees are stepping up and answering the call to equip hospitals, health care systems and the front line of doctors, nurses, first responders and other critical infrastructure workers in this battle of COVID-19. Here are a few examples:
  • Herman Miller is completely reconfiguring to make hospital mattress covers and face masks. 
  • Nuvar Manufacturing began manufacturing medical masks. They made more than 3,000 masks in the first week of production.
  • JR Automation worked with GM to build a mask assembly line in metro Detroit in just six days.
  • The logistics team at Inontime quickly delivered sneeze guards to all 248 Meijer stores in the US. 
  • When they heard about the demand, Primera Plastics began making disposable face shields.
  • Start-up company Solismatica is activating 3-D printers statewide to make face shields, masks and ventilator parts. To date, 268 printers are assisting with more than 4,200 items printed.
  • Hybrid Machining, Inc. has become a pick-up and drop-off point for face masks. They are  running their machines nonstop to produce more face masks and COVID-19 test swabs. 
  • Hemco Gage is producing mission-critical precision metrology tools for manufacturers making or tooling up to manufacture personal protective equipment, ventilators, respirators, hospital beds and more.
We admire these employers’ ingenuity, flexibility and coming to the rescue to solve problems and fill needs. This is just small list of the employers who have stepped up in a major way. Please help us salute their employees, thank them for the work they are doing and recognize the difference they are making.