Mukilteo companies united in effort against coronavirus
Last updated 4/8/2020 at 12:54pm
One day, Danica Chadwick, a nurse manager at Providence Regional Medical Center, told her husband Colin that the hospital was running short on personal protection equipment, such as face masks.
"Somebody should call me. I can make all that," said Colin, who owns Terrene, Inc., a metal fabricator company.
Providence officials directed Chadwick to Kaas Tailored, another Mukilteo manufacturing company that provided details and helped coordinate between Providence and Nordstrom, where Terrene's mask kits are being sent.
As of this week, Terrene, Inc. has provided more than 170,000 kits to make masks.
Terrene Vice-President John Adair said the company's 13 employees have been working in two shifts five days a week.
"We're spread a little thin, and we're wearing a lot of hats," Adair said.
The switch to producing parts for surgical masks went smoothly.
"It was not difficult at all," Adair said. "It just took communication and coordination. The biggest challenge is getting up to speed."
Ram Technologies, a foam and fabric converter, also had pivoted from producing sports and outdoor equipment and is now manufacturing 10,000 face masks and face shields a day.
Electroimpact, an aerospace tooling and automation company, collected about 100 N95 masks from its supplies and donated them to Providence.
The company also was able to produce its first batch of face shields, which likely will be sent to Overlake Hospital. Employees kept hearing about the need for personal protection equipment from friends and company officials realized they would be able to produce the equipment.
MDI Manufacturing and Design Inc., as part of its usual business, supplies parts for ventilators for General Motors and Ventec.
Omnitec Design is manufacturing a wide variety of medical equipment for COVID-19 response
The Mukilteo School District was able to gather various personal protective equipment from Mariner High School, Sno-Isle TECH and the District Support Services Center to donate to medical facilities. The district has donated 42,250 gloves, more 1,000 masks and about 80 gowns.
This story was updated with information about Omnitec Design and the Mukilteo School District.