JASPER, Ind. (WEHT) — Kimball International has been using existing talent and resources to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Company spokespeople say Kimball reached out to local hospitals to offer support, and were met with an enthusiastically positive response.
“What started with a simple phone call to our local hospital, turned into an opportunity for our company to partner with employees to fulfill a real healthcare need, in our own small and unique way,” said Lonnie Nicholson, Kimball International’s Chief Human Resources Officer.
Kimball organized employee volunteers for a group assembly in the Memorial Hospital parking garage, and assembled 100 tables to donate to Memorial Hospital, in just under three hours.
In addition, Kimball International team members in Salem, Indiana assembled 50 more tables, and donated them to St. Vincent Ascension hospital.
Sixty more tables are being prepared for donation in another company community, Danville, Kentucky.
Kimball International employees volunteered to assemble 100 tables for donation in the hospital parking garage.
“We were overjoyed with the chance to help,” said Stan Wendholt, Director of Sales Operations at Kimball. “We had fun together of course, and it felt good working to support our local healthcare heroes.”
Kimball International is also utilizing R&D and manufacturing resources to produce PPE for medical professionals on the front lines of the crisis.
Employees designed and produced thousands of face shields for medical professionals serving on the front lines in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Kimball employees have also been sewing hundreds of protective masks for local hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Kimball employees delivered nine care box kits to various Dubois County long-term care facilities in Jasper, Huntingburg, and Ferdinand.
Each kit includes iPads, face shields, caramel corn and a “Thank You to our Healthcare Heroes” yard sign.
Because healthcare professionals there are now required to wear a head covering, the Kimball International Jasper Avenue facility team members produced protective caps for donation at Memorial Hospital.
(This story was originally published on April 22, 2020)