LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Several Nevada businesses have been forced to close their doors amid the COVID-19 outbreak and now several Las Vegas businesses are stepping up to make items to help in the response.
"I said you know what we need to make some hand sanitizer and I guess nobody has some I know we have the capabilities of doing it," said Alex Mazzola, owner of Mob Liquid Labs.
"We're probably going to be able to produce between 10 to 20,000 bottles a week we're hoping," added Mazzola.
Mazzola said his company was donating as many as possible to the City of Las Vegas and selling some to the public.
Over at Decor8 Interiors, Samantha Gass says the company has started making face masks out of fabric.
"We wanted to put everyone to work in a way that felt helpful and useful for these heroes really on the front lines who are risking their lives I don't have the production that they need," said Gass, the daughter of the owner.
Gass says the company usually makes custom draperies, furniture, bedding and widow treatments, but as the COVID-19 strains resources, the company is making up to 150 masks per day.
"So far we've gotten a great response, it's been really humbling the emails that come through and make you cry," said Gass.
Decor8 is selling the fabric masks for $11 per item and each sale results in an additional, donated mask to front line first responders.
Owner Marian Hinebauch says some of her 28 employees are donating their time to create the masks which are free of charge.
"My employees have been with me for years some 10, some 12 years so it's been pretty devastating," said Hinebauch as the company had to close due to the Governor's nonessential business closure order.
Astound, which has a headquarters in Las Vegas, is pitching in as well.
The company usually creates breathtaking customer experience and exhibits for trade shows and special events, instead they have created some pop up partitions for healthcare facilities that are treating COVID-19 patients.
"We very quickly pivoted, we figured out what we could do," said Dale Morgan, the CEO of Astound.
Astound has made all of the designs and manufacturing details available for free online for any company around the world to make the items on a pass production scale.