Almo & Bloom Energy Partner to Refurbish & Distribute Ventilators
National appliances, A/V equipment, furniture and housewares distributor Almo Corp. and Bloom Energy Corp., a company that makes and markets solid-oxide fuel cells that produce electricity, are partnering to refurbish unused, out-of-warranty ventilators that currently sit idle – and to ship them to state agencies and hospitals throughout the country, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Bloom is refurbishing the ventilators, while Almo is using its national logistics network to ship the ventilators to/from Bloom’s manufacturing facilities in California and Delaware for refurbishment, and out to the state agencies and hospitals that need them the most.
Bloom is working with biomedical engineers at Stanford Health Care to test the functionality of the refurbished ventilators.
Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom reached out to Bloom for support, giving the company 24 unused ventilators that had been idle. Overnight, Bloom engineers figured out how to fix them and completely refurbished them all .With that turnaround time, the company estimates it could refurbish up to one thousand a week.
Almo, a national distributor of appliances, A/V equipment, furniture and housewares, has more than 2.5 million square feet of distribution space in eight warehouses across the country. “Our logistics processes are organized and efficient, which puts us in a great position to receive the refurbished ventilators from Bloom and quickly get them to state agencies and healthcare facilities so they can be immediately put to use,” noted Warren Chaiken, president and CEO, Almo Corp., in the announcement statement.
Readers who know of any organizations that have out-of-service ventilators and who would like to learn more about how to help can visit www.bloomenergy.com/ventilators, email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out by calling 1 (888) 544-2644.