OAKLAND COUNTY, MI — Five more Oakland County manufacturers will share $219,000 in “Saving Business, Saving Lives” grants to make personal protective equipment such as masks and face shields used in the fight against the coronavirus.
Oakland County Executive David Coulter announced the grants Wednesday, which come from a $1 million fund the county proposed and approved to incentivize manufacturers who can shift production to include personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, face shields or medical device components. More than $885,000 has now been shared by 23 companies.
“Nearly two dozen Oakland County manufacturers have stepped forward to protect our health care professionals and first responders and provide necessary items that allow small and large businesses of all types to reopen safely,” Coulter said. “The creativity, initiative and commitment of our manufacturers to help others is vital to our economic health and recovery. I appreciate and thank them for what they’ve done.”
The companies receiving grants are:
Detroit Multimedia, Southfield
The company, which produces marketing materials such as printing, embroidery and signage, will design, manufacture and install social distancing walls, floor signs and posters. The grant will allow for the purchase of equipment to boost production and enable quick delivery of product to customers. Company owner Dionciel Armstrong and his wife are both COVID-19 survivors.
Cadillac Products Automotive Co., Troy
The company provides a vast array of protective plastic, exterior and interior acoustical parts and door water shields to the automotive industry. It has pivoted to produce medical isolation gowns. The grant will allow build out of a work cell enabling high volume production (4.5 million a year) of isolation gowns as well as a long-term diversification of the company’s product line.
Aero Design Systems, South Lyon
The company, an engineering and aircraft certification firm, has shifted to develop and produce an ultraviolet light sterilization “tunnel” system designed to quickly and automatically sanitize large objects such as grocery carts, wheelchairs, hospital beds and luggage among other items.
CAC Asset Solutions, Southfield
The company provides complete COVID sanitization services for bank-owned residential properties that are for sale. Grant will enable the company to purchase additional materials and hire additional employees to expand its service.
Urgent Plastics Services, Rochester Hills
The company, which normally provides prototyping, injection molding and metal stamping for automotive and defense, now can produce 30,000 face shields a week. It recently delivered 600,000 to an automotive original equipment manufacturer. The grant will enable higher production and long-term company diversification of its product line.