Fishing Companies Tackle Coronavirus

Manufacturers are dedicating resources to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

Simms Fishing Products and PRADCO Outdoor Brands have dedicated resources to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items that will aid our nation’s healthcare workers in the battle against the coronavirus.

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Simms’ Wader Makers Produce Medical Supplies in Response to Shortages

Bozeman, MT, April 3, 2020 – Simms Fishing Products, the preeminent manufacturer of waders, outerwear, footwear, and technical apparel in fishing, went into production this week on much needed medical gowns for the nearby Bozeman Health Medical Group. Simms’ Bozeman wader manufacturing facility has the capital resources, equipment and technical capabilities to help supply the increasing demand for such products.

As soon as the coronavirus pandemic began to escalate in the U.S., members from Simms’ leadership team partnered with Bozeman Health Group to identify opportunities for Simms to help. With many other local businesses and individuals already hard at work producing masks, Simms shifted its focus to design, develop, and begin manufacturing medical gowns for hospital personnel and staff.

“It’s been absolutely amazing to see so many companies, small business owners and individuals rise to the occasion and pitch in to help our local community here in Bozeman,” said Fred Dennis, Simms Senior Director of Apparel Design and Development. “The gowns we are producing truly fall into our core-competency. We have the material, equipment and an expert team of sewers ready and willing to make the gowns.”

Simms’ product team completed an inventory of on-site fabric and identified a technical 3-layer waterproof, breathable material that meets the requirements agreed upon with hospital officials. With the fabric on hand, Simms was able to produce and deliver gowns to Bozeman Health Group the same week they began production. Simms anticipates additional demand for protective gowns from other medical providers and is actively communicating their capabilities in an effort to maximize their impact.

Simms is taking every precaution necessary to ensure a production environment that follows CDC guidelines in order to keep its staff safe. Sewing machines have been spaced farther apart, the factory is being thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis and tools and equipment are being disinfected between every shift.

“In order to combat the shortage of protective gowns, it is critical for our brand to play a part in assisting the American people during this difficult time,” said Casey Sheahan, Simms CEO. “It’s been so inspiring to see all the brands in the outdoor industry repurposing their facilities, equipment, and skills to help those in need. We are thrilled to deliver the first run of gowns to the Bozeman Health Group and hope our efforts of support can extend beyond our local community to help others around the entire country.”

PRADCO Fishing Helps Medical Community with Donations

FORT SMITH, Ark. — PRADCO Outdoor Brands, a leading manufacturer and marketer of fishing and hunting brands and products, is dedicating resources to serve the medical communities in Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma (home states of most PRADCO employees and their families) with donations of much-needed medical equipment.

At PRADCO Fishing, engineers have designed and formulated products that are currently being manufactured to give away to area hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Tooling and molds for all products were created in PRADCO Fishing’s tool room.

The specific products being manufactured for donation are face shields, frames and hand sanitizer. There is a big need at hospitals and clinics for these items.

The hand sanitizer is 75% isopropyl alcohol antiseptic and is being bottled on the YUM bait attractant line. It is being made according to the Food and Drug Administration’s Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol Based Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19).

“I’m so proud of our employees for quickly figuring out how to get these needed items into production,” said Bruce Stanton, PRADCO Fishing’s vice president and general manager. “There is a heart to serve here, and we’ve had so many folks give time and effort to this undertaking. There is something to be said for having the entire organization from top to bottom under one roof. We control most aspects of our manufacturing processes, so when it’s time to go, we can go in a hurry. It definitely feels good to be able to do something good right now.”

The YUM hand sanitizer is being delivered in 50-count boxes. The BOOYAH frames and face shields will be delivered with 20 frames and 40 shields in each box.

PRADCO Hunting is also donating much-needed items. VP/GM Bart Stephens said his company is procuring 50,000 face masks, most of which will be given to hospitals, clinics and other places of need in the Birmingham, Ala., area.

Stanton said PRADCO Fishing will be able to make more hand sanitizer if it can get more materials.

“Right now, isopropyl is in high demand and short supply. If we can get more drums of it, we can make more hand sanitizer to give away. We are also in need of 4 oz. or 6 oz. pump spray bottles. If anyone wants to do some good and make donations of these items, they can e-mail us at info@lurenet.com.”

PRADCO Outdoor Brands is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. It operates hunting brands such as Moultrie, Moultrie Mobile, Summit and Code Blue and Knight, and fishing brands such as Arbogast, Bandit, Bomber, Bobby Garland Crappie Baits, Booyah, Cotton Cordell, Crappie Pro, Creek Chub, Gene Larew, Heddon, Just Add Nature, Lindy, Norman, Rebel, Smithwick, Thill, War Eagle Custom Lures and YUM.

1 thought on “Fishing Companies Tackle Coronavirus

  1. Bruce

    Since few good deeds go unpunished I expect that someone will ingest “YUM Hand Sanitizer” and then try to sue them because it was not ‘yummy’.

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