SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Loren Cook Company, a local manufacturer that creates industrial fans, has ramped up production during the COVID-19 crisis to provide essential equipment for medical facilities.
The company based in Springfield has supplied air filtration units for places like hospitals, universities and hotels in order to create isolation rooms for COVID-19 patients.
“We are so fortunate that Loren Cook Company, which makes industrial fans, is in our community,” said Steve Edwards, president of CoxHealth. “They made this fan for us specially. We got it installed all in that two week period.”
Most recently, the company created a new product they call the “mobile air cleaner,” a smaller, portable unit that can create negative pressure rooms. From design to completion, it took less than 2 weeks to create – the shortest turn around in the company’s history.
Loren Cook II, the president of Loren Cook Company says fast-paced production shows the importance of having manufacturers solely in the US.
“They called in the order like on a friday, shipped it on Monday and it was installed in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday,” said Cook II.
The local manufacturer providing for customers in times of crisis – near and far, new and old.
“What we do is we go through all of our orders in our system and we go through and look for anything that’s healthcare related and prioritize health care but not jeopardize our existing orders,” said Cook II.