Manufacturers from around New York State are answering the call to fight COVID-19. Some are existing medical manufacturers. Others were not part of the medical industry – until now. Here’s a look at what’s happening around the state.
Capital Region

Precision Valve Automation (PVA) is a robotics and factory automation company that specializes in the application of adhesives, sealants, and coatings. Now the Cohoes manufacturer is using its expertise to develop ventilators.
Long Island

COVID-19 test results in 15 minutes? Henry Schein, a Long Island-based healthcare supplier (and a Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies”) says yes! Their Standard Q COVID-19 Rapid Test is being introduced for use in doctors' offices.
Finger Lakes

Based out of Rochester, Hickey Freeman is a luxury men’s clothing manufacturer with over 120 years’ experience. They have begun manufacturing masks for their local healthcare provider, with plans to produce “sew-at-home” kits for qualified volunteers to increase their capacity.

Other companies in the area are also contributing to the response effort. Kodak is mass producing hand sanitizer in response to the State’s need, while J.N. White Associates is manufacturing splash shields for healthcare providers.
Mid-Hudson Valley

Some research has shown that the interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor is involved in severe cases of COVID-19. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals manufacturers a rheumatoid arthritis treatment that targets this receptor. The Eastview-based company is currently conducting global testing as a potential COVID-19 treatment.
Mohawk Valley

Old Home Distillers out of Lebanon isn’t making just delicious liquor. Their 140 proof (70% alcohol) spirit is strong enough to meet FDA hand-sanitization guidelines.  Their hand sanitizer is being sold at-cost, and they are working with other distillers to provide industrial alcohol for the COVID-19 fight.
New York City

Clothing companies aren’t the only ones who are getting masks to the front lines. Duggal Visual Solutions and Bednark Studio Inc., graphic display companies in Brooklyn , have teamed up to make masks as well . They’re planning on producing 360,000 masks.
North Country

Knowlton Technologies is a world-leader in the design, accelerated prototyping, and manufacture of wet-laid nonwovens. The Watertown company is currently in the development phase to produce ASTM F2100 material for surgical face masks that could supply mask manufacturers during the COVID-19 emergency.
Southern Tier

Who knew NY was home to so much innovation? We did, of course! Rheonix is an Ithaca-based company researching automated molecular diagnostics.  They are producing a fully automated COVID-19 Assay, allowing for rapid and low-cost sample testing.
Western New York

Face masks are being made by clothing manufacturers, graphic display companies…and awning manufacturers? Yup! Kohler Awning of Cheektowaga is shifting gears to produce medical face masks , joining the ranks of countless NY manufacturers fighting together during this difficult time.

Manufacturers interested in helping with the COVID-19 response should also contact their regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center.

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