From 69 News: BERN TWP., Pa. – A local glass company could have been left shattered by the COVID-19 crisis. Now, it’s finding a clear purpose.
B & G Glass in Bern Township has been hit hard by COVID-19. At first, it was shut down, named non-essential. Then it regained essential status, and workers went to the drawing board.
“While we were shut down, we were brainstorming. You know, other people are going to have the same issues we had,” said Matthew Freeborn, the B&G’s president. “What can we do to help people get back on their feet faster?”
Even with just 65% of its staff on hand, the company created an array of glass partitions that businesses can use right now to help fight the spread of germs.
“Grocery stores, a lot in banks,” said Freeborn. “We’ve done a lot at offices. We’ve done some pharmacies, other healthcare facilities.”
That could become the permanent way companies will be doing business, according to Freeborn.
“I don’t think these are going to go away,” he said. “I think we’re going to start seeing these more and more.”
It’s a proverbial line in the sand between customer and employee that could lead commerce back to a clearer future.
“We’re at the next phase of the battle now, and that’s saving our economy,” said Freeborn.