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Michigan business leaders receive congressional recognition

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 6:10 PM EDT
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Mich. (WNDU) - When this year began few people knew what PPE was.

Today, some southwestern Michigan businesses leaders who find themselves manufacturing it received certificates of congressional recognition.

“It’s great. It’s a new business that maybe we wish we didn’t have but they’re stepping up to the plate making sure we’re all safe,” said U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, (R) Michigan’s 6th district.

Doubleday Office Products was one of the businesses that was honored for making clear protective shields.

“So that’s been a big business that’s new to us. We just started procuring materials and going out seeing what the customer needed and building some customized sneeze guards,” said Doubleday’s Bryan Shindeldecker. “We’re building it. We’re getting the raw materials. We have a custom laminate and custom panel shop and we kind of converted that into our sneeze guard protective shield manufacturing area.”

Doubleday was one of a dozen local businesses honored today for the difference they’ve made.

“So we have a number of companies in Berrien County that are providing PPE and they have for a very long time. They were on the leading edge of hand sanitizer and shields and so what we’ve found from the area businesses is they can get all the PPE they need right here in Berrien County,” said Rob Cleveland with Cornerstone Alliance.

Congressman Fred Upton hinted that the district’s biggest corporate contribution to the coronavirus cause has perhaps yet to be made.

“Pfizer’s largest operation is in Kalamazoo . They now are beginning to swap over two production lines to make a vaccine for COVID that has yet to be approved by the FDA. In other words the clinical trials are so promising that they expect that the FDA will approve it that it will be safe,” Upton told 16 News Now. “So they’re working around the clock, hiring more people, spending whatever it takes to get up and running but their prediction is they’ll have as many as 40 million approved doses manufactured put together here in southwest Michigan before the end of the year.”

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