Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: April 22, 2020 05:17 PM
Created: April 22, 2020 04:56 PM
Inside Saratoga Horseworks in Amsterdam employees are hard at work. Normally they make a variety of consumer products like equestrian supplies, medical equipment, scuba gear, and parts for instruments. Now they're making PPE.
"There's so many other companies besides mine that have taken a turn on the heel and said we can do this and we can help out," said Michael Libertucci.
Libertucci is the company's president and he says the shift in production not only helps front line workers stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak it also helps keep 60 percent of his staff working during the shutdown.
So far, they've shipped out thousands of face shields to hospitals and EMT organizations. Now they're focusing on making isolation gowns.
"At this point, we're producing about a thousand gowns per day. We have demand for about 12,000 gowns at the moment.," said Libertucci.
The company's efforts caught the attention of Montgomery County leaders. Saratoga Horseworks is the first company ever to be named Montgomery County's Small Business of the Month.
"They really switched gears really quickly and are producing already and we just thought it was a tremendous story to tell," said Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort.
Ossenfort says as a whole the county is faring well during the health crisis. There are 45 confirmed cases of coronavirus among the county's 49,000 residents. Ossenfort says the community has a long history of coming together in difficult times and the coronavirus pandemic is proving that once again.
"Montgomery County has really been through a lot. Floods and natural disasters and things of that nature and you see it time and time again, people pull together," said Ossenfort.
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