Lyons Falls, NY: Otis Technology has partnered with Saint Lawrence Spirits to make, bottle and distribute hand sanitizer to first responders in desperate need during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Otis Technology began using its facilities – that normally manufacture firearms maintenance equipment for military, law enforcement and civilians – to immediately begin manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).
“We’d been following the news closely in order to stay up-to-date on the virus and ensure the safety of our employees. We made the decision to temporarily cut our staff, in order to keep them at home, safe and to help flatten the curve. This decision was made just hours before Governor Cuomo announced a mandated workforce reduction,” states Larry Williams, CEO for Otis Technology.
“We also began immediately asking ourselves ‘how can we help?’ Otis is a state-of-the art facility built on innovation. We have a dedicated research and development facility that can investigate and tackle new projects and they took the task of PPE by storm. I applaud my entire team’s efforts – working around the clock to get up and running,” continues Williams.
To date, Otis Technology has donated hand sanitizer and eye shields to several localities in need – namely Crouse Hospital (Syracuse, NY), Lewis County Emergency Management, and a donation to Oswego County Emergency Management is pending. These initial donations are in close proximity to Otis’ headquarters and research & development facilities, located in Lewis and Oswego counties, respectively. A portion of hand sanitizer and PPE made will continue to be donated to first responders and hospitals in need.
Otis Technology is utilizing it’s logistics avenues as a defense contractor to get these urgently needed items into the hands of those on the front lines fighting this pandemic. The company is working diligently to fulfill as many orders that have come in and continue to procure more materials to keep up with demand.
In working with NYS authorities and customers alike, Otis Technology is monitoring requests for various needed items and assessing its ability to manufacture needed items. Thus far, Otis Technology has manufactured or procured face shields, facemasks, shoe covers and the aforementioned hand sanitizer in conjunction with Saint Lawrence Spirits.
Otis will continue to work diligently to expand its offering of these essential items as long as necessary in order to keep those on the front lines of this pandemic safe.