Pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. was at the center of the news cycle when it began shipments of its COVID-19 vaccine from its plant near Kalamazoo, Mich., on Dec. 13.
It obviously marked a great breakthrough for the company and the world as a whole, but let's take a moment to thank plastics companies that are also key to getting the vaccine safely from Pfizer's manufacturing lines to patients.
Beyond the plastics in syringes and other medical equipment, polymers and suppliers are key to keeping the vaccine cold during shipping. Pfizer's vaccine must be stored at -70°C or colder.
That opens a role for Foam Fabricators Inc., which is making special expanded polystyrene shipping systems to keep the vaccine at the required temperatures, and Cold Jet — best known to the plastics industry as a maker of blasting equipment using dry ice for machine maintenance. Cold Jet is supplying dry ice for vaccine shipments from carbon dioxide.
"This is a huge project close to the hearts of many, and our decades of accumulated human and capital resources are being put to the test as we rise to the occasion," Foam Fabricators Vice President Michael Hays said.