BY Brandin Bursa
5/5/2020 - COVID-19

STEP UP & STAND OUT – As a way to share the great things our members are doing in response to the pandemic, we will be highlighting different companies that are stepping up to help!


big-Carrier OptiCleanTo help hospitals treating patients with COVID-19, Carrier launched the OptiClean portable negative air machine, which cleans and removes air potentially contaminated by the virus.

Timely solutions like OptiClean are necessary to effectively remove contaminants from the air, create negative pressure within the patient care space while protecting the adjacent areas, and slowing the spread of the disease.

Carrier began developing the OptiClean in late March. After quickly and successfully testing prototypes in Carrier facilities, the company began field trials in hospitals across the country and expects to begin shipping units shortly. More here.

Trane Technologies Trane-masks

N95 masks are in short supply and Trane was looking for a way to alleviate this issue. When a hospital in Pennsylvania found they were able to cut HVAC filters into pieces and sew them into face masks to better protect against the virus, Trane’s Clarksville, TN plant took on the challenge. 

After identifying the correct Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 13 filters and consulting medical professionals, the Clarksville plant was able to ship out filters within 48 hours. More here.


Screen Shot 2020-04-28 at 9.57.45 AMThere has been a major challenge in sourcing facial masks for everyone during this pandemic. To combat this, DiversiTech has managed to secure 500,000 non-sterile surgical masks specifically earmarked for HARDI Wholesale Members.

DiversiTech wishes to extend a member-only special price of $.60 ea (net cost).  Orders are limited to 25 packs of 50 masks each (1,250 masks) per wholesaler while supplies last. These masks will be available to ship starting May 15th. More Here


Siemens-COVID-bedsThe Siemens team responded within hours of the request to support the US Army Corp of Engineers’ rapid deployment of a temporary hospital in New York’s Westchester County. It is just one way  Siemens is supporting New York and other states across the U.S. in response to COVID-19. More Here

Goodman Manufacturing

Goodman-Covid-trainingTo help HVAC business owners navigate the “new normal”, the Goodman Coaching Community composed of experts in their disciplines, is offering a free web-based training curriculum entitled "Thriving In The New Normal." These weekly online coaching sessions are designed to help owners maintain focus, grow, and accelerate your business.

Register now to join on Fridays at 12:00 PM CST for the "Thriving in the New Normal" series. https://lnkd.in/eNHwmAY

Fresh-Aire UV

fresh-aire_uvSpecializing in UltraViolent (UV) light air quality products, Fresh-Aire UV was perfectly placed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Their UV high-efficiency filtration system is being used at numerous hospitals to decontaminate N95 Respirators. This prolongs the lifespan of these masks and allows the frontline staff to have safe, clean masks to use. More Here

Systemair (Fantech)


Responding to an urgent request, Systemair employees in Canada painted and assembled over 200 hospital bed frames during Easter weekend. You can also visit Systemair’s webpage dedicated to COVID-19 information & resources. More Here

GE Appliances – A Haier Company

GE medical Face shieldsGE Appliances has worked on multiple approaches to help fight coronavirus. GEA has donated over 200,000 face masks & pairs of gloves to healthcare facilities in five states. Their prototyping 3D printer has been converted to produce medical face shields and they are offering their employees “Appreciation Pay” for all their essential production efforts. More Here



Samsung has donated over $29 million dollars to governments and communities that have been most affected by COVID-19. This includes the purchase of medical supplies as well as air purifiers and other appliances to hospitals and quarantine centers. Samsung is also donating tablets to educational institutions so that children can continue to learn outside of the classroom. More Here

HMI Performance Incentives


HMI Incentives started a campaign called the “Spread Kindness Campaign” The campaign asks a few questions about who is inspiring/motivating you through these though times. HMI is giving away donations in the winner’s name to different charities. The campaign will run all April. More info.

LG Electronics


LG Electronics is donating COVID-19 diagnostic kits for 50,000 tests to the Indonesian government. Such kits are currently insufficient in Indonesia and will be put to use immediately. More Here

In India, LG has partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation to serve meals to migrant laborers and daily-wage workers who are struggling. LG is also donating water purifiers, air conditioners, refrigerators and TVs to over 50 state and district hospitals fighting coronavirus. More Here

ICM Controls

ICM Controls Factory

ICM Controls is extending its resources and production capabilities to any HVACR company in need of help overcoming a supply chain problem - OEMs, Distributors and Contractors alike - in order to help as many companies stay open and help keep the economy moving. Please reach out to ICM Controls as they are entertaining any feasible production requests! More Info.


Emerson_masksEmerson offers Branson ultrasonic equipment that can slit, bond, seal or quilt non-woven synthetic materials to meet a wide range of medical and non-medical application requirements. Branson has been ramping up production and making more standard assemblies to increase production and get these products to those who need them faster. More Info


In this environment that calls for a sense of solidarity, Arkema has dedicated a pilot line at one of their research centers in France for the mass production and distribution, free of charge, of alcohol-based solution to hospitals. More Info


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Honeywell is ramping up production and making millions of the N95 masks in the United States. Production is happening at Honeywell’s Rhode Island facility coupled with an expansion of the Phoenix facility. This will allow more than 20 million N95 disposable masks to be produced monthly to combat COVID-19. These two expansions will create over 1000 new jobs between them. Honeywell also announced a $10 million fund for all hourly and administrative employees who are facing hardships during the coronavirus crisis. More Info



Trane’s Commercial HVAC team in Columbia, SC pulled out all the stops to expedite equipment for a laboratory making test kits for COVID-19. The equipment will be used to produce 50,000 coronavirus test kits each day. More Info

Johnson Controls

JohnsonControlsJohnson Control’s 'Essential Personnel' are on the frontlines delivering work critical to public health, well-being and safety. Their global teams are delivering life-safety services that are vital to the uninterrupted operations of hospitals, supermarkets, pharmacies and other critical infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic. More Info

Berry Global


Berry has shifted capacity to supply maximum output in response to increased demand for healthcare materials. Production lines are running around the clock to produce materials for face masks and other healthcare applications like N95 respirators and protective apparel. In addition to its non-woven capabilities, Berry also provides packaging for several in-demand items, such as disinfectants, hand sanitizers, and soaps. More Info


LAKEAIR has taken it upon themselves to adjust production in their facility to focus solely on COVID-19 relief/response efforts. As a small business, self-funding this production shift is a major undertaking and shows the quality and character of the team at LAKEAIR. More Info


Doing something to help? Contact me with the details on how your organization is helping the COVID-19 cause!