Chicago Manufacturers Stepping Up To Produce Personal Protective Equipment For Hospitals, First Responders

  • Source: CBS Chicago
  • Published: 03/26/2020 04:39 AM

From the South Side of Chicago to the western suburbs, from robot makers to design companies, businesses across the area are reprogramming their machines to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders and medical professionals. They’re doing what they can to help as COVID-19 eats up resources across the country. CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas shows us how it all comes together. The team at Bridgewater Studio thinks up designs for storefront displays and museum exhibits; from the Shedd Aquarium, to Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles, to Facebook’s Chicago office. Their machine at 35th and Paulina cuts out some of the materials needed to build. It’s pretty cool, but is it essential? Not if you ask partner Eric Cup. “We do 98% of our production in house so we can pivot manufacturing at a moment’s notice,” he said.


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