Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Penda.

Here at Penda we pride ourselves in our diversity, inclusion, and friendly atmosphere. It is with that in mind that we want to take the time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th, this month seeks to honor, educate, and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

George E. Brown, a California Congressman, introduced the idea of Hispanic Heritage Week back in June of 1968. Later on, in 1987, U.S. representative Esteban E. Torres proposed extending the heritage week to a month long observance to celebrate the Hispanic culture and achievements. Senator Paul Simon submitted a similar bill in 1988 that passed through Congress and was then signed by Ronal Reagan in August of that same year. President George H.W. Bush was the first president to declare the period of September 15th to October 15th Hispanic Heritage Month.

This celebration begins mid-month because September 15th coincides with the national independence days for man Latin American countries. With the U.S. Hispanic population at over 60 million in 2019, the Hispanic American populations are the nation’s second-fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the country.

As an organization we value all of our workers and enjoy celebrating the diverse work environment at all of our locations. With one of our plants located in Lerma, Mexico we know the importance of having bilingual associates, especially in human resources and literature that is available in both Spanish and English.  

Along with bilingual literature and associates, we strive to provide an open, honest, and welcoming environment at every Kruger Family Industries facility. Join us in celebrating this important heritage month and look into working as a member of our diverse team.

Penda’s Custom Projects and Design Capabilities

Explore some of Penda's custom projects and unique design capabilities.

Along with Penda’s always reliable bedliners, wheel well liners, and VanGuard products, our team also specializes in unique designs and custom projects that include thermoforming, injection molding, and complex assemblies. The engineering and design teams here at Penda have over 40 years of experience working with customers to create custom designs and products that work for each organization. This includes experts in CAD tools to support the simplest of jobs to the most complex automotive applications. 

Studio 540 is Penda’s in-house design team. This innovative group is skilled in industrial design, conceptualization, CAD modeling, and rendering. Along with that, they are an incredibly creative and communicative team that loves working with our customers on unique projects to ensure state-of-the-art styling during design and manufacturing. 

Another example of a custom Penda project is the Dodge Ram Box. The challenge here was to design, build and validate inner fender storage box system for Dodge trucks. Working in a restricted timeline of 18 months from conception to production, our team dove in and delivered the Dodge Ram Box in that time. Penda provided improved tool timing and low cost in order to assure on-time delivery and quickly engineered and developed a heavy-impact structural solution required for bin and lid.

The High Desert customization project was another in-dept, unique solution that our design and engineering team worked closely with Chevrolet to complete. The main charge from Chevrolet was to design a fully functioning cargo management system to mirror the Chevy Avalanche. Working hand-in-hand with Chevrolet’s team of design specialists, Penda created an aesthetically pleasing, fully sealed cargo management solution for their pickup truck bed. The program’s finished components included six key finished components, with a total of 154 mating components. What Penda ultimately delivered was a complete program on time and on budget. Leveraging our world class design and engineering, process management expertise, vertical integrations and assembly capabilities to create the optimal custom solution for this project.

Motor Grader Design

An example of a custom digital project is the motor grader rendering below. This rendering began as a sketch by one of our Studio 540 designers and was rendered to exemplify the large plastic components that Penda could thermoform for similar equipment. From exterior body panels to interior trim, Penda has the ability to work from ideation through to a complete product. 

Penda’s designers love to create solutions as unique as each customer we have the pleasure of working with. Interested in learning more about working with Penda? Contact us today!

What To Expect With A Global Rise In Materials Prices

Discussing costly material prices, recent supply shortages, and TriEnda’s actions to mitigate rising material costs.          

During the first two quarters of 2021, global supply chains have faced challenges with rising costs of material prices and supply shortages. At Penda, we’ve witnessed the change in costs and shortages like many other businesses.  While these changes can put a strain on supply chains, our processes and strong communication with customers has gone a long way to ensure we’re managing cost expectations and delivery schedules.

We discussed these challenges with our Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Sean Smith, to gain some deeper insights into this global issue and what he expects for the future.

Causes of Rising Material Costs            

When we spoke with Sean, he listed a few different causes for the rise in material prices we’ve seen:

  1. The COVID-19 Pandemic
  2. The Suez Canal Block
  3. The Recent Texas Freeze

All of these are playing a role in the challenges we’ve been working through, especially the ongoing pandemic. Sean stressed that they all tie into one major imbalance in supply and demand.

Back in March of 2020 when shutdowns began, certain industries completely shut their doors, while other businesses in industries deemed “essential” remained open and even prospered. Sean explained how a shift in supply and demand is leading to a lot of the issues occurring today. For example, take the microchip shortages. A sizeable percentage of the supply of microchips typically went to manufacturers in the automotive space to produce vehicles. But, when auto plants shutdown and people stayed in their homes, that supply didn’t stop instantly. In fact, the supply of microchips that was typically reserved for vehicle manufacturers went towards manufacturing video game consoles as people turned to those to keep themselves entertained at home. And now that auto makers are opening back up, they don’t have access to their typical supply of microchips that are now reserved for the high demand of videogame consoles, and thus their supply-chains are strained. The same principles of the shift in supply and demand has applied to many other materials across the globe.

Catastrophes like the Suez Canal blockage and the electric outages caused by cold temperatures in Texas also contributed to material price increases. 12% of global trade passes through the Suez Canal which includes 30% of all global container traffic. So, when the blockage occurred in March, it created a problematic domino effect within global supply chains.

The freezes in Texas were another unexpected catastrophe that are leading to material price increases. In Texas, there are many facilities that create the high-density polyethylene material that is used in the production of our thermoformed drop-in bedliners, and other plastic solutions. Cold temperatures and the lack of preparation in the south led to power failures and the shutdowns of those plastic plants, which have a direct impact on businesses who rely on that plastic material like Penda.

 

Our Expectations Looking Ahead

Dealing with rising prices is challenging for our internal teams as well as our loyal customers. We do everything in our power to keep costs low for them, and it is understandable how price increases can steer businesses away from choosing to purchase plastic material handling solutions. After speaking with Sean, he made it clear that he sees some light at the end of the tunnel for material prices. Barring any more unforeseen catastrophes, Sean said that he expects to see a dip towards the norm for many material prices. We may not see pre-pandemic price levels, but they are expected to go down slightly as time goes on and more and more lockdown restrictions are lifted to allow for the production of more materials.

If you wish to dive into the world of custom thermoforming or are looking to utilize thermoformed plastics to create a lower-cost and more durable component for your product, schedule a call with a member of our dedicated team today so that we can help you decide what’s right for your business!

 

 

A Day in the Life of a Thermoforming Finisher

Penda employees working on plastic product

Explore the workplace of thermoformed plastic manufacturing by stepping into the shoes of a Finisher at Penda.

Ever wonder how truck bedliners are made? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be diving into the world of our production associates here at Penda to learn more about their daily duties, let’s start with our Finishers.

What Does A Finisher Do?

Our Finishers are important to the production of the automotive and OEM solutions we create here at Penda. We value their role tremendously as they touch every part that is manufactured for our customers. Because of this, we emphasize the development of our Finishers and many go on to earn promotions within production or even to the office if they choose.

The role of a Finisher is pretty straight forward, they’re tasked with finishing off a thermoformed product so that it’s ready to be shipped to the customer. This can be done via trimming, cleaning, assembly, and packaging of the parts and products we produce. Finishers also support their team at their work cells by assisting with the setup of secondary finishing tools like drills and handheld routers and clean up their areas by sweeping excess plastic pellets and removing scrap from the ground.

Pictured here is an example of how a Finisher performs trimming to finalize a product before it is shipped. Once this SmartDitch liner is pulled off the thermoformer, two finishers use handheld routers to perform a rough cut to trim any excess plastic. Next they remove the excess and toss it in the pelletizer, they smooth out the edges using a utility knife. After this is done, the SmartDitch liners are stacked on a pallet so a Forklift Driver can transport them through the warehouse for shipment.

A Thermoforming Finisher’s Schedule

At Penda, Finishers work on a 4-on-4-off schedule, with the opportunity for 1-2 days of overtime. There are both day and night shifts at the plant to accommodate every person’s lifestyle. Each Finisher is given two half hour paid breaks during the day which don’t occur at any set time, the crew is free to take these breaks when it best suits them or the machine they’re working on. When days are hot in the summer, we provide extra heat breaks and add extra Finishers to each work cell to help lighten the workload and give everyone a chance to stay cool and rest.

Every day, a Finisher has the opportunity to work on a different work cell which is producing a new product so that they see a variety of thermoforming work. With a wide array of automotive and custom solutions created at Penda, a Finisher could go a very long time before working on the same thing twice. If you’re interested in becoming a Thermoforming Finisher and joining the Penda team, please apply today! To send us your application, you can visit our website to view our openings and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.

 

Why work at KFI?

man smiling in office

Exploring the many things that make KFI a great place to work!

With a multitude of employers out there, sometimes choosing the right organization to work for can be daunting. It is important to keep in mind the culture that an employer fosters, the feel of the work environment, and how the current employees review their time with the company. Luckily, here at Kruger Family Industries we have outstanding employees that would like to share a little bit about their experiences work for KFI with you.

 

“The family atmosphere that KFI has across the organization is unmatched!  Truly enjoy coming to work every day and there are always new things that challenge you.” – Jacob Hacker, Inside Sales Manager, 1.5 years with Trienda

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“What has kept me here all these years is really the fact that the people are decent, and the hours are good. The 2, 2, 3 schedule is great and you don’t get burned out.” – Brian Kearns, Extrusion Operator, 37 years with TriEnda

Wendy Baker

 

“My favorite thing about working at Penda is the people that I work with. I like showing people things that I learn throughout the day and teaching other people is a lot of fun.” – Wendy Baker, Lead Operator/Trainer, 11 years with Penda

 

“I really like that KFI is a family owned business that cares about their employees.  I’ve been with the company for 34 years in the finance department and have gained so much knowledge and experience working here.  I love the variety of work, opportunities to keep learning and interaction with great co-workers.” – Sheila McFarlane, Cost Accountant, 34 years with KFI

Sheila McFarlane
rob fahey

 

“My favorite thing about working here is the transparency, the friends, the comradery, and the education that we keep furthering with each other’s knowledge.”  – Rob Fahey, Quality Technician, 9 years at TriEnda

 

“KFI is a great place to work because there is a true spirit of collaboration and cooperation to achieve common goals.  The company is willing to invest in its people and in the best available technology, and I believe that combination will ultimately send us to the top in the plastics manufacturing realm.” – Diana Risner, Project Manager – System Solutions, 4 years with TriEnda

Diana Risner
riley haight

 

“The family culture at KFI has fostered my personal and professional growth and has allowed me to gain the confidence to bring new ideas and opportunities to the table.” – Riley Haight, Inside Sales Representative, 7 months at Penda

 

“Although I have been working with KFI for a short time, I have liked it because it is a place that inspires me to learn and develop my skills, also all the people here are always willing to guide me and help me.” – Daniel Reyna, Inside Sales Representative, 2 months with TriEnda (Mexico)

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alex greene

 

“An Industrial Design career at KFI gives me the opportunity to utilize a wide range of skills: sketching, CAD modeling, 3D rendering, and graphic design, all while applying sustainable thermoforming design principles.” – Alex Greene, Industrial Designer, 10 months with KFI

“I really enjoy the work schedule. Having 4 days off is like a mini vacation. I enjoy the family atmosphere, the people you work with become your family.” – Brandon Prew, Finisher, 10 years with Penda

Whether you are looking for a position as a design engineer, an extrusion operator, or a human resources generalist, KFI focuses on building a positive and collaborative work environment in every department. If you are interested in joining the KFI family, take a look at our careers page and apply today! We can’t wait to meet you!

An Introduction to KFI’s In-House Design Team: Studio 540

designer drafting an image

Studio 540 is KFI’s internal design studio, capable of providing insight into projects that require ergonomic and aesthetic innovation.   

Studio 540 is KFI’s in-house design studio. With skilled industrial designers and animation specialists, Studio 540 offers services to KFI customers that few other organizations can. From 3D renderings and CAD modeling to virtual reality presentations and concept animation videos, Studio 540 goes above and beyond for KFI’s customers.  

Through an established design process and thorough communication, Studio 540 creates sketches, models, animation, virtual reality environments, and brings real products to life.  

Step One:  

Ideation- The first step in the Studio 540 process is always ideation. A good product is conceived by addressing consumer needs and improving products through innovation. Once a business case is established, Studio 540 begins multi-departmental collaboration and offers an array of solutions in the form of expressive sketches. 

Step Two:  

Sketching- Our designs then consider the many facets of a project and create the first depictions of the product through sketches. Aesthetics, mechanics, ergonomics, assembly and manufacturability are further explored with refined sketches. Sketches are styled to reflect automotive surfacing and visual strength. Ergonomics considerations are developed to solve the end user’s needs. 

Step Three:  

CAD Modeling- Sketching is followed by a more technical creation of the product through CAD Modeling. Studio 540’s design team is capable of realizing 3D forms through solid/surface modeling techniques.  High fidelity CAD models help the Engineering team incorporate design aesthetics into the final product. 

Step Four:  

Rendering- Moving on to the rendering step in the process means building on the 3D models and creating realistic digital creations. Photorealistic images enhance CAD data with simulated light, advanced materials and camera perspective. Renderings of both existing and conceptual products are essential for effectively highlight product design and are one of Studio 540’s specialties. 

Step Five: 

Model Making- The fifth step focuses on preemptively identifying and solving conceptual issues through Model Making. Improving the ergonomics of conceptual products can be addressed early on with model making.  Using foamcore, 3D printing and metal fabrication, costly problems can be proactively identified and solved before tooling is made. 

Step Six:  

Virtual Reality- After a model is approved, the Studio 540 designers bring the product to life through Virtual Reality. Full-scale CAD data from Studio 540 or the Engineering team can be dropped into vehicles and environments for an immersive exploratory experience.  Ergonomic considerations can be easily explored through Virtual Reality capabilities. 

Step Seven: 

Animation- Lastly, our skilled designers create unique animated pieces to showcase product capabilities.  3D animations exhibiting the functionality, style and innovation of products are an indispensable tool for promoting and communicating our product capabilities to consumers.  

 

 

How Penda Utilizes Thermoforming to Develop Custom Solutions for OEMs

Thermoforming machinery

At Penda, we’re more than just a manufacturer of drop-in truck bedliners. We specialize in creating highly customizable, thermoformed solutions for OEMs across many different industries. These industries include automotive, agricultural, construction, heavy truck, industrial, recreational, and many more. Our team understands that businesses face numerous challenges in these areas that often feel daunting. That’s why, each day, we work hard to apply our extensive capabilities and experience to help deliver custom solutions to fit your organization’s needs.

Through collaborative engineering, refined processes, and a range of value-added capabilities, the solutions we can offer to OEMs are top of the line when it comes to quality and customizability. We’ll touch on a variety of solutions we can create and our process in making them a reality.

Penda’s Array of Thermoformed Solutions for OEMs

When a customer approaches us with a new product or solution they’re developing, the first question they often ask is: Can it be thermoformed? And chances are, it can! The beauty of the thermoforming manufacturing process is that it can be used to create smaller consumer products like suitcases, or even larger full-system solutions like a driver’s lounge for the heavy truck industry. The possibilities are endless.

By working with the Penda team, you tap into a large group of engineers who will never shy away from developing a custom thermoformed solution. When it comes to the OEM space, our teams can utilize thermoforming to develop parts for equipment, or even a fully-scaled and customizable system of components. Some of the industries that we have experience creating thermoformed solutions for OEMs are:

Agricultural and Construction Equipment: From wheel well liners for tractors to fenders and shrouding for construction equipment, we’ve seen it all. Our capabilities in thermoforming allow us to create and customize massive components for agricultural and construction equipment.

Automotive: When it comes to creating thermoformed solutions for the automotive industry, no one can top our experience at Penda. Whether it’s a drop-in bedliner or a custom automotive accessory, we can make it a reality. It’s what we do every day.

Heavy Truck: Your transit workforce deserves the best. Some of the solutions we’ve developed for transportation include under-bunk storage solutions, headliners, and in-vehicle lifestyle solutions for Class 8 fleet trucks.

Industrial: We’re one of the largest thermoformers in North America, and we have the capabilities to create some of the largest thermoformed parts and components that can be used on many different pieces of equipment and machinery in the industrial space.

Recreation: Some of the most exciting solutions we can create come from the recreation industry. From thermoformed kayaks to bedliners and hoods for golf carts. You name it, we make it.

Our Process for Developing Custom Solutions

Bringing products to life through thermoforming is our passion. It starts with who we are and is reinforced in everything we deliver. With our decade’s worth of experience in engineering and refining processes, we have what it takes to create solutions in a timely and cost-effective manner. Whether you’re starting with a concept sketch on a napkin, or already have product renderings, we’re here to help you at every step along the way. Below, we’ve outlined the process that allows us to be an industry-leading supplier to OEMs

  1. Project Ideation & Requirements
  2. Concept Sketching
  3. Design, Surfacing, and Rendering
  4. Materials Engineering
  5. Tooling
  6. Prototyping
  7. Testing and Validation
  8. Production

As we manage the life of your project, we constantly place an emphasis on product and process improvement with a LEAN focus. We work diligently using Kaizen initiatives to pull improvement ideas on the manufacturing floor, and with order fulfillment and logistics processes.

At the end of the day, you can count on Penda to deliver custom thermoformed solutions to help you overcome the challenges facing you now and in the future. Contact us today to receive a quote for your custom thermoforming needs!

Penda’s Capabilities as a Leading Thermoformed Plastics Manufacturer

Penada Manufacturing Facility

As one of the largest thermoformers in North America, we’ve spent years refining processes, implementing new technologies, and developing a deep-bench of supplier partnerships to create a vast array of custom thermoformed products and assemblies. These new processes, technologies and partnerships enable our team to apply their capabilities and years’ worth of experience to deliver high quality solutions at completive costs.

When it comes to these value-added capabilities, we specialize in the following areas:

In this article, we’ll dive into these specific areas to highlight the unique capabilities we have as one of the top thermoforming manufacturers.

Engineering and Design Capabilities

Our expertise in the areas of engineering and design is fundamental to providing advanced solutions for our customers. When you work with Penda, you take advantage of over 25 years of product and thermoforming design. We work hard to overcome your most challenging requirements by leveraging a variety of advanced tools and systems. Some of the design tools that we utilize are:

 

  • Siemens NX CAD, 3D Modeling and Design
  • Siemens Advanced Simulation (Nastran) FEA/CAE
  • Siemens I-DEAS 3D Modeling and Design
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA V5 3D Modeling and Design
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks 3D Modeling and Design
  • PTC Creo (PRO-E) 3D Modeling and Design
  • AutoDesk Inventor and AutoCAD 3D/2D Modeling and Design
  • Accuform T-Sim thermoforming and Blow-Molding simulation/optimization
  • STEP & IGES translations to/from any CAD/CAM software
  • Multi-axis Digital Scanning and Layout
  • CMM Multi-axis Layout
  • 3-Axis CNC Milling / 5-Axis Router
  • Virtual Reality tools

Through the use of these tools, our engineers produce various design outputs that include multiple OEM Tier-1 TeamCenter-Integration Direct-Connections, connections through secure cloud-based file-exchange, color imaging 3D renderings, ANSI/ISO standard drawings, multimedia printing, 3D printing, and more!

Another key component of our capabilities in engineering and design is our ability to perform rapid prototyping. By combining our engineering skillset with extensive in-house tooling facilities, we can go from concept drawings to producing prototypes like no one else. This gives our customers the advantage of reviewing fit and function to ensure that materials, processes, and parts are just right before investing in hard tooling.

One of the final areas in engineering and design that allows us to excel as a plastics manufacturer is Studio 540. Studio 540 is our internal team of industrial designers that develop some of the most cutting-edge automotive solutions for custom OEM applications. In addition to using a lot of the tools talked about before, Studio 540 incorporates virtual reality technology to showcase and implement the designs they make.

Thermoforming and Extrusion Capabilities

The next area that we specialize in is thermoforming and extrusion. At Penda, we offer an unmatched array of thermoforming technologies and techniques to meet an increasingly wide range of customer needs. By applying lean processes, unique work cells, and other smart approaches, we can do everything more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever. Some of the advantages that thermoforming offers are lower costs for tooling, prototypes, and materials. The manufacturing process also allows us to produce high quality, large components when needed. These advantages couldn’t be possible without our advanced thermoforming techniques which involve twin-sheet thermoforming and twin-sheet composite thermoforming. Making use of these processes helps us create solutions that are optimized for weight, structural performance, and overall quality.

When it comes to extrusion, our capabilities our second-to-none. Because we produce our own plastic sheets, you benefit from reduced product lead time, maximized product quality, and cost-efficiency. Our equipment and extrusion expertise lie in these areas:

  • HDPE, TPO, and glass filled polypropylene and acrylic co-extrusion
  • Polyolefins and engineered plastics extrusion
  • Anti-slip, anti-stat, smooth or grained sheets
  • Many color options, solid, capped, and laminated films

Finishing and Assembly Capabilities

Finishing and assembly services are another capability that we possess as one of the largest thermoformers. With our experience in technical and complex assemblies, you’ll quickly find value-added benefits and reduced costs when choosing us as a manufacturer. We fully assemble our manufactured components with purchased components for complete assembly and can ship them directly to you. Our strategic partnerships with other key suppliers that hold expertise in other manufacturing disciplines equips us with a vast range of knowledge that makes Penda your sole supplier for complete solutions.

At Penda, our facilities are equipped with specialized fixtures and gauges that maximize the precision of each component we produce. By combining these tools with our supplemental part integration and assembly process, we stay at the top of our game when it comes to quality and efficiency. Some of the key benefits that come with choosing us are:

  • Multi-component integration    
  • Vendor Management    
  • Line Sequencing
  • Full assemblies for turnkey solutions     
  • Subassemblies for simplified product integration
  • Fixtures to expedite alignment
  • Gauges to confirm exact locations of critical components            
  • Domestic & global sourcing        
  • Freight distribution cost reduction

Materials Capabilities

The final area that we specialize in as a manufacturer is our expertise in materials selection and conversion. The primary materials we use are HDPE, TPO, and TPR resins. However, we’re not limited to these.  Over the years, we have worked with numerous engineered plastics including ABS and many, many more. 

At our facilities, we have five large extruders with co-extrusion capabilities to produce the sheets of plastic we use for production. The main colors we process are black, grey, and tan, but we have the abilities to process any color your custom project requires.

Our proven record of success with helping customers reduce material and tooling costs through material conversion  helps deliver a range of advantages. Among the other benefits that working with Penda brings, our material conversion benefits include:

  • Reduced part weight
  • Enhanced structural integrity
  • Easier, less expensive tooling
  • Recyclable and recycled materials
  • Numerous secondary finishing requirements

With over 30 years of experience in thermoformed products and solutions, we have the process knowledge to optimize performance of leading-edge materials. You have set requirements and costs, and we have the capabilities to customize these solutions to exceed your expectations.

If you’re interested in learning more about our capabilities or want to start the process of developing a new custom thermoformed solution, contact our dedicated team to receive a custom quote.

Portage manufacturers making thousands of hospital beds to help with nationwide shortage

Trienda hospital beds wrapped in plastic

PORTAGE, Wis. — In anticipation of hospital bed shortages due to COVID-19, Oklahoma-based parent company Kruger Family Industries has announced that its two Portage-based manufacturers are teaming up to make thousands of emergency and disaster relief beds.

Vice President of Human Resources Todd Spencer said Penda is known for making truck bed liners and Trienda is known for making plastic palettes to serve the food and postal service industry.

“We were deemed non-essential. We wanted to find something to get our employees back to work as soon as possible,” Spencer said.

The collaboration efforts between all departments sped up the process to make this possible. Spencer said this process that would normally take anywhere from eight to 12 weeks, came together in three weeks.

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Local companies changing practices to help local hospitals

Hospital bed

SAUKVILLE (WKOW) — Rebel out of Ozaukee County is a company primarily dedicated to making sanitary wet wipes, but they are shifting their focus to making masks.

“We started talking about it and started making them for our own employees, and we heard there was a shortage of masks, so we said we don’t have time to make masks for everybody, but we do have time to donate all the materials to make a mask,” Mike Kryshak, owner of Rebel Converting in Saukville said.

They are now asking businesses statewide who have the time to help with the assembly of the masks.

“Companies that have a nice, clean, controlled environment that can have enough room so they can socially distance people to make the masks out of our kits,” Kryshak explained.

Rebel has a goal of making one million masks.

“The medical college is leaving with a hundred thousand today, so we’re going to burn through these pretty quick,” Kryshak said. “We’re probably going to have to wind up doing it again.”

Another company found a creative way to help. Kruger Family Industries in Portage is pulling their resources together to make emergency and disaster relief beds.

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