“It has caught on like wildfire and it’s keeping our jobs.”
That’s what James Wartinger, human resources manager at Overhead Door, 3200 Reach Road, said about the emergency orders of panels being converted into walls for “pop-up” medical clinics around the nation to lessen the burden on existing hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These steel and foam insulationfilled panels, normally used to manufacture garage doors, are made at the city plant and delivered by tractor-trailer to larger cities such as Baltimore, Maryland, and Memphis, Tennessee, as well as others across the nation, Wartinger said.
Overhead Door was kept open as an essential business after Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide mandate to close non-essential businesses — listed as essential on March 15. The business provides safety and security for individual homes and businesses and the assembly lines were going to keep rolling, Wartinger said.
But around that time, the Overhead Door distributor in Baltimore said there was a need for these garage door sections to be used to help hospitals to combat the virus outbreak.
“Besides helping people sickened by and treating individuals with the…