Thank you, Michiana!

In the midst of a pandemic crisis, companies across the country are pulling together to help their local communities and the nation as a whole. With collaboration, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and compassion, we are impressed with the number of businesses shifting manufacturing production to address the needs of our communities. From ventilators and PPE’s to sanitizer and free meals, there have been great ideas developed and implemented.

This list is not inclusive of all companies adjusting to the pandemic, but highlights some of our local heroes. We just wanted to say, THANK YOU to our MICHIANA COMMUNITY!

Company

Location

Contribution

American Electric PowerSouth Bend, INDonates $50,000 to Food Bank of Northern Indiana Amid Coronavirus Pandemic.
Cultivate Culinary School and CateringSouth Bend, INDonations arrived from Stanz Food Service committed to feeding the hungry during the COVID 19
Ford subsidiary Troy Design & ManufacturingPlymouth, MIProducing clear plastic face shields that protect healthcare workers from contaminants. The facility in Plymouth, Michigan, is set to produce 100,000 face shields per week.
GM PlantsSouth Bend, INManufacturing ventilators, and could produce as many as 200,000 units to help the most needed areas affected by the novel coronavirus.
Golden Corral BuffetMishawaka, INProviding 1,000 meals to employees of the Saint Joseph Mishawaka Medical Center.
Heartland RVElkhart, INDonated critical supplies to Beacon Health System in Elkhart, Indiana—delivering two pallets of supplies to Beacon’s incident command center inclusive of 400 face masks and 700 chemical protective suits.
Horizon BankNorthern IndianaPledges quarter million dollars toward Covid-19 relief.
Iron Shoe DistilleryNiles, MIProducing hand sanitizer.
Jayco, Inc. (THOR Industries)Elkhart, INDonated several RV units as well as safety glasses, face masks and vinyl gloves to local healthcare facilities and area first responders in South Bend and Goshen, Indiana. The company gave two Seismic 4125 toy haulers to serve as additional space for pediatric immunizations outside of the clinic with the goal of keeping kids safe during the pandemic. Jayco also donated one unit to the Middlebury Fire Department to use as a quarantine space should one of the firefighters become infected.
Journeyman DistilleryThree Oaks, MIDonating 40% of liquor sales to a fund for laid-off workers and producing hand sanitizer.
Keystone RV (THOR Industries)Elkhart, INDonated supplies throughout their local Indiana community including masks and protective suits for the Wakarusa Ambulance Department, masks for healthcare professionals in a network of nursing homes in Northern Indiana, and sets of eye protection for Goshen Hospital.
K-Z Recreational Vehicles (THOR Industries)Elkhart, INRaised funds to provide medical supplies to area hospitals. In addition, the company is partnering with Goshen General Hospital and other area businesses to produce reusable protective masks.
Lake Michigan CollegeBenton Harbor, MICreating 3-D printed face shields to be used by everyone from police officers to grocery store cashiers.
Lippert ComponentsElkhart, INManufacturing medical supplies to help with a local shortage. Lippert Components will partner with Beacon Health System and Saint Joseph Medical Center to donate one thousand masks to protect medical staff. They will also begin manufacturing surgical gowns in their Interiors division.
Meridian Title CorporationMishawaka, INCurbside services.
Miami Correctional and Wabash Correctional FacilitiesWabash, INOffenders are producing personal protective equipment that will be used in the fight against COVID-19. Inmates at the prison are producing hundreds of face masks and personal protection gowns per day, as well as 12-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer.
Napa Auto Parts, the A.K. Smith Career Center, Blue Chip Casino, the Michiana Humane Society and the LaPorte County Health Department.Michigan City, INPersonal protective equipment to Franciscan Health Michigan City.
Nicole Hardy, photographer and owner of Impulse ImageryElkhart, INTook family portraits on porches to raise money for the United Way of Elkhart, COVID-19 community relief fund.
Plymouth Community Schools Health Science ProgramPlymouth, INDonated personal protective equipment and medical supplies to two local health care facilities.
Roche DiagnosticsIndianapolis, INShipping about 400,000 tests for COVID-19 each week after receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
South Bend CubsSouth Bend, INDonation of meals to our employees at the Lifeplex in Plymouth.
St. Vincent DePaul SocietySouth Bend, INIn the past 2 weeks, 330 food boxes have been distributed, consisting of 7,260 pounds of food, which is 20% higher than the usual amount.
SullairMichigan City, INProvided N95 masks to Franciscan Health Michigan City.
THOR Motor Coach (THOR Industries)Elkhart, INProvided chemical protective suits and face masks to healthcare workers in Elkhart and Goshen, Indiana. The company has also donated fabric for its furloughed employees to make face masks, hoping to eliminate a future shortage in the area.
TJ SnugglesBremen, INProducing mattress covers.
Top Stitch of ElkhartElkhart, INConverted manufacturing line to sew masks and gowns.
Tri PacSouth Bend, INDonated over 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to first responders in St. Joseph County, Mishawaka and South Bend.
University of Notre DameSouth Bend, INInvolved in several projects with th Indiana Medical Innovations Coalition, to help fill expected medical PPE equipment shortages.
Villing & CompanySouth Bend, INProduced a PSA video to rally Michiana against COVID-19.
WhirlpoolBenton Harbor, MIProvide gloves, sanitizer and masks for Lakeland Hospital System.
WinnebagoMiddlebury, INShifting production in sewing operations to produce medical masks, utilizing 3D printing capabilities to produce components for face shields and continuing outreach in a number of other areas including financial and medical supply donations in the communities where we have facilities.
YMCA of Greater MichianaSouth Bend, INProviding meals for kids in need, the opportunity for childcare for first responders and medical professionals, and assistance for seniors.

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