7 April 2020
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RV industry support for communities during coronavirus crisis

The RV Industry Association has published details of how many of its members have offered help and support during the coronavirus crisis.

RV companies are filling the void created by overcrowded hospitals and the scarcity of essential medical equipment. Some manufacturers are offering to donate RVs or to sell them below cost. Others are helping by refocusing their manufacturing to ramp up the production of masks, shields, and Tyvek suits, while others are providing financial help to employees who have personal and financial difficulties as the result of the virus.

For example, Winnebago is providing medical masks to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. The masks are being manufactured by employees at the Company’s Stitchcraft facility in Forest City, Iowa, which houses industrial sewing capabilities and produces soft goods for Winnebago Motorhome production. The facility typically specializes in creating items such as seats, sofas, cushions, pillows, draperies, shades, valances, mattresses, bedspreads, and a host of other sewn parts.

“As the health crisis has evolved, we have focused our efforts on determining how we can best use our Company’s resources to provide support in overall relief efforts and specifically efforts that positively impact our local communities,” said Vice President of Operations at Winnebago Industries Chris West.

“We are blessed to have a workforce who is dedicated to supporting our local community needs and want to thank all of our caring employees who have helped make this critical project a reality.”

Another example, Grand Design RV, has donated protective gloves and 1,000 N95 respiratory masks to healthcare professionals and volunteers in its local community .

Don Clark, president, CEO and co-founder of Grand Design RV, noted: “From Grand Design’s inception, we wanted our company to be part of the fabric of our community. With this in mind, we are honored to be able to provide protective equipment to the many brave professionals and volunteers that are providing much needed health care during these trying times.

“Our industry stands united in the fight against the COVID-19 virus and it is inspiring to see the many ways that our industry has pulled together on this united front. Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with all health professionals and volunteers as we continue to battle this virus. On behalf of all Grand Design team members, thank you.”

Life Industries Corporation, wanted to provide aid to others with a product it already had – sanitizing solution.

Grace Schmidt, President at Life Industries said: “As we were seeing store shelves emptying of any type of sanitizer products, we felt that we could help fill the hole left in the supply chain by providing this non-alcohol based sanitizer. We felt compelled to help in any way possible and since we already have the equipment to blend, bottle, package and ship, we switched gears, put on hold our regular production of marine, aviation and RV maintenance products, so we can focus entirely on providing this sanitizer that we had been manufacturing for private label for many years.”

Jayco of South Bend, Ind., has donated two toy haulers mobile to COVID-19 clinics in Mishawaka.  The South Bend Clinic has received two Seismic 4125 toy haulers from Jayco to serve as additional space for pediatric immunizations outside of the clinic with the goal of keeping kids safe during the pandemic. Toy haulers provide the space needed, as well as the ability to ventilate the unit easily by opening up the unit using the rear ramp door.

The South Bend Clinic has the units set up and ready to receive patients. “This really is a game-changer for us,” said South Bend Clinic CEO Kelly Macken-Marble. “The donation of these two units will help keep our teams and patients as safe as possible.” Jayco also donated one unit to the Middlebury Fire Department to use as a quarantine space should one of their firefighters become infected.