Photo of PIA manufacturing plantBecause PIA designs and manufacturers complex equipment, themanufacturing must be done at company facilities. (PIA CourtesyPhoto)

Running an essential business during a pandemic brings with it ahost of new issues and challenges. However, when workers can bekept safe from COVID-19, there are certainly upsides to keepingworkers on the job and doing business, if not as usual, then atleast at a level that many companies would love to see.

Since the pandemic hit this country, PIA Automation US, part ofa larger, German-owned business, has increased production at itsEvansville, Indiana, facility. The PIA plant makes machines thatmanufacture medical supplies such as masks, and according to StaceyGilles, director of human resources, the pandemic has her companyscrambling to meet demand. One upside, says Gilles, is the feelingof contributing to the greater good.

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