An Arizona-based manufacturing company is increasing its production of coolers for COVID-19 vaccines at its New Albany plant. The News and Tribune reports Foam Fabricators has increased staffing by 20% to meet demand for the coolers, which will be used nationwide for the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna.
Michael Hays, the company’s vice president, says the company has added a “significant headcount” at the New Albany facility. The project has also involved hiring additional workers and adding more hours per month, according to the publication.
“These coolers are existing products that are being repurposed for the COVID vaccine,” Hays tells the publication. “They provide both cushioning and thermal protection for the vaccines.”
Hays says Foam Fabricators is the only company in the nation making the type of coolers that will be used for the COVID-19 vaccines.
The News and Tribune reports the company began working on the project in July, and the plants went into production in mid-October. The coolers are shipped to a distribution center to be used for the vaccines.
In addition to its New Albany facility, the company’s increased production plan includes 11 other advanced manufacturing facilities.
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