PHOTO: Vonco developed the first 95kPa Biohazard Transport bag to replace much heavier rigid containers for safe air transport of biohazardous materials. These robust bags are designed not to burst in the event of rapid plane depressurization – protecting passengers, crew, and cargo.
“We’ve had two straight months of record demand, with orders coming from small, community clinics, to major health systems, to state departments of health, to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),” says Keith Smith, president/CEO of Vonco Products. “As the country battles COVID-19, we’ve adapted to meet the critical needs of first responders, nurses, doctors, and scientists working on cures and vaccines, all of whom are the true heroes during this pandemic.”
Vonco launched new products to meet the COVID-19 demand, including hand sanitizer in standup spouted pouches, and PPEs such as isolation gowns, foodservice gloves and shoe covers. These, in addition to Vonco’s standard infection-prevention products: form-fitting medical device covers, multi-compartment specimen collection bags, and 95kPa biohazard transport bags, position the company as a leader in the fight against COVID-19.
Since adapting its production facilities, Vonco plans daily production of approximately 50,000 spouted hand-sanitizer pouches and 250,000 PPEs by the end of April, including gowns and food service gloves. All of these are shipping to meet demand from both existing and new customers.
And with the Strategic National Stockpile of PPEs nearly depleted, Vonco intends to work with the federal government to help re-stock these essential items.
To meet these increased orders, Vonco has relied on a dedicated workforce committed to keep America safe.
“Our associates have really stepped up to meet this crisis head-on.” Smith adds. “It’s a testament to Vonco, and our core value of caring for each other and our customers, that we continue to meet this increasing demand while upholding the highest quality standards. I am so incredibly proud of our associates.”
With production at a record pace – the Vonco production floor operates 24 hr/day for 13 out of 14 days to stay ahead of demand – the company has instituted several programs to reward its team members and help keep them safe from the virus. In addition to bonus and incentive opportunities the company practices social distancing.
Smith attributes Vonco’s growth and success to the midwestern values of the company’s associates. “It’s amazing how we, as Americans, pull together during times of crises,” Smith says. “Our associates were eager to adapt our production facilities to produce the essential infection prevention and PPEs that are desperately needed across the United States. I am so thankful to them for their support, dedication, and effort to help our country in this time of crisis.”
Vonco is actively hiring, seeking approximately 20-25 new associates to work in its Trevor, WI, facility. Positions for both day and evening shifts are available. Anyone interested in learning more about job opportunities should visit www.vonco.com/careers.