Correct Craft and Brunswick, both large marine industry companies several brands and plants nationwide, have jumped into the fight against covid-19, providing personal protective equipment and offer manufacturing support during the global pandemic.
The Brunswick Boat Group will donate 15,000 masks to first responders near its boatbuilding facilities around the country, and Fond Du Lac, Wis.-based Mercury Marine donated more than 11,000 masks to local responders and hospitals.
“During these very challenging times, it is important for us to continue to look for opportunities to help our employees, customers and the communities where we live and work,” said Brunswick CEO Dave Foulkes in a statement. “We all need to do our part right now to flatten the curve and lend our resources to those that need them the most.”
Nautique Boats, a Correct Craft brand, began sewing face masks when Orlando Health reached out to them. The provider had special medical fabric, but no capacity in their supply chain to convert them into masks.
Nautique workers are producing around 1,000 masks, using personal sewing machines offered up by Nautique’s upholstery department, as well as additional sewing machines and fabrics Nautique purchased.
The company then partnered with Watershed Innovation, another Correct Craft subsidiary, to produce medical quality face shields. Coca-Cola Florida donated plastic in rolls of 1,700 pounds but needed a facility and machinery that could maneuver these rolls. These plastic rolls are being laser cut into manageable sections in Correct Craft facilities.
“Our team is unlike any other,” said Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin in a statement.“Their drive, creativity and teamwork to help people in their local community during this crisis is inspiring. Our team has diligently worked to bring as much help and encouragement to our local health care community as they can. I am honored to serve on this team who, even during this crisis, continue working hard at ‘Making Life Better.’”
Centurion and Supreme Boats have donated much needed PPE to supply Memorial Hospital and Doctor’s Hospital in Modesto, Calif., and are making approximately 1,000 face shields to donate to their local health care community. Parker Boats has donated N95 certified face masks and protective suits to healthcare facilities in Beaufort, NC.
Check out a video from Nautique on some of its endeavors:
Brunswick’s companies were also helping out on the manufacturing side of things.
Marinco, a Power Products Brand part of the Advanced Systems Group that Brunswick owns, is producing electrical equipment used in mobile hospitals and temporary emergency treatment centers such as those recently established in New York.
Whale, Brunswick’s parts and accessories company in Northern Ireland, has rapidly accelerated production of pumps that power hand sanitizer stations and will ship over 120,000 of these critical systems around the world over the next few months.
“Our talented, passionate organization, working closely with our suppliers are making a difference helping those in need fight the pandemic,” said Foulkes. “We have reached out to and are working with companies around the world to work together to manufacturer parts for ventilators, use 3D printing for masks and many other opportunities to help.”