Evco Plastics Inc. is running its medical injection molding operations flat out — including parts for COVID-19 test kits — as the U.S. races to offset a shortage during the outbreak.
"We're trying to do everything we can to move that to fast production," CEO Dale Evans said. "We're running 24/7 and we're also putting old molds back into production that might have been taken out. So we're trying to start up older tooling."
The same sense of urgency applies to all of the medical parts made in clean rooms at Evco's MED plant in DeForest, Wis., and in Dongguan, China.
Evco has been moving some people from other molding operations, to medical, where the company runs 26 injection molding machines in DeForest, its headquarters.
"It's a strange mix of a situation. Our challenge is to move the people around to the different plants to where they're needed," Evans said. That includes moving employees from one shift to another, and training those from non-medical into clean room medical work.
"People have been very cooperative so far," Evans said.
Evans said in a March 23 interview that Evco has not had any layoffs.
"I just had this discussion this morning that at the medical plant, we may be short of people. We're training here. We'll be giving raises to encourage weekend work," he said.