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AURORA – Richards-Wilcox is transforming its 365,000 square-foot metal fabricating factory into an emergency bed critical response manufacturer.
In partnership with Moonlight Slumber, Richards-Wilcox is working to create temporary beds for medical, overflow and quarantine facilities, in an effort to help the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Within 72 hours of Governor JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order and within 24 hours of New York’s announcement to turn the Javits Convention Center into a 1,000-bed hospital, Richards-Wilcox is now fully equipped to produce emergency beds for hospitals, short-term medical facilities, shelters and other venues that require beds to care for patients, according to a news release from Richards-Wilcox.
“We were very involved in aiding the efforts of our military in World War II – and this is no different,” Richards-Wilcox’s president Bob McMurtry said in the release. “We have the ability and desire to help fill the need for temporary beds, so it was a simple decision. Our entire company is fully committed to doing our part to help the world face this unprecedented challenge.”