Georgia Magazine - June 2020 - 5

Georgia businesses, nonprofits help
with COVID-19 efforts
By Carolyn Crist

COURTESY FIRESTARTER FABLAB

PIERCE BURTON

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ompanies, churches and organizations
throughout Georgia have stepped up to provide aid during the coronavirus pandemic.
Large corporations with plants in Georgia, such as
Yamaha Motor Manufacturing in Newnan, have
donated respirators, gloves and alcohol wipes to
hospitals. Fastening products manufacturer YKK in
Macon transitioned some of its operations to focus
on airtight, watertight zippers for COVID-19 containment tents and hazardous material suits.
Companies with local roots also have stepped
up. Fabric Sources International (FSI) in Dalton
changed operations entirely to use its nonwoven
materials, which typically are intended for carpets
and dental bibs, to create medical gowns for
hospitals.
What started as a small operation in March to
Pierce Burton, right, drove a truck filled with food and supplies from Abiding
donate about 1,000 gowns to Hamilton Medical Cen- Grace Lutheran Church in Covington to Sure Foundation Lutheran Church in New
York. Burton suggested the idea to Abiding Grace Pastor Jonathan Scharf, and it
ter in Dalton has turned into a full-scale production
that now can make more than 80,000 gowns per week became the Grace for New York project.
for hospitals throughout the state.
Before this project, "I didn't know
whole shifts," says Jay Flesher, managing
what personal protective equipment, or
board member for the lab and communiPPE, meant, which shows you how much
ty and economic development manager
we've pivoted," says Chris Simuro, FSI
at Reynolds-based Flint Energies, which
owner and president.
is a partner in the lab.
Simuro and his friend Bart Hill, who
A dozen volunteers in the area are
runs operations at rug manufacturer
using their 3D printers at home to make
Mohawk Home in Calhoun, created the
the strips, face shields and other items.
first gown prototypes. Infectious disease
The FABLab then runs a quality check
specialists at Emory University in Atlanta
and ships out or drops off packages
helped them redesign the gown to make
about twice per week.
The FireStarter FABLab in Warner Robins is
a universal, one-size-fits-all pattern, and
"The hospital supply chains are
making face shields for hospital workers in
Georgia. It also is creating gowns for local
now more than 1 million gowns have
picking up, which is awesome," Flesher
medical facilities.
been ordered.
says. "We're here to bridge the gap when
FSI creates the medical-grade fabric
supplies are needed."
and works with six partners in the state to cut, sew and ship the
In Savannah, health care startup Febris Medical has
gowns to hospitals.
launched free online training at febr.is for those who are
"Each week, we're qualifying another assembler or sewer
caring for loved ones at home who have been diagnosed with
to increase production. It's really become a community effort,"
COVID-19 or have symptoms.
Simuro says.
The company was working on a virtual reality-based nurse
FireStarter FABLab in Warner Robins, which offers comeducation program and transitioned to build a COVID module
munity access to digital fabrication tools used to make physical
for the public.
projects, began making face shields for local hospitals in early
"We thought that people who are most likely not exposed
April. They quickly created a prototype for a "tension strip,"
to the health care system on a typical basis should have an inwhich relieves pressure on the ears when wearing a mask.
teractive way to learn about PPE, proper hand-washing and
"Local nurses and doctors reported that they were getCOVID care," founder and CEO Kirk Brooks says.
ting cuts behind their ears from wearing masks during their
Religious congregations have ramped up their relief
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