Alongside the Army Corps of Engineers, Gilman Brothers—which makes foam board products for the signage, display, and graphics markets—made a lightweight container for vaccine transportation capable of maintaining subzero temperatures for more than 72 hours, according to the company.
“We are not just a foam board manufacturer. We are innovators, creators, thinkers, and problem-solvers,” Bill VanHorn, the company’s director of sales, says. “Providing hope and being part of the solution to save lives during these unprecedented times will go down as one of the major accomplishments for all involved.”
According to the company’s business development manager Ari Luna, the system came from a group effort involving Gilman Brothers’ in-house research and development team, material suppliers, and the Army Corps of Engineers.
“Doing our part has always been in our company’s heritage,” Luna says. “Having the support of the [Army Corps of Engineers] is both proud and humbling.”
Pictured above: The Gilman family. (Image: Hartford Business Journal)