The front-line fighters against the coronavirus in Westmoreland County most certainly include medical professionals, first responders and other health care workers treating patients.
But workers at Latrobe-based Carclo Technical Plastics are quietly supporting their efforts through the manufacturing of tiny plastic collection tubes used across the globe in coronavirus testing kits.
Carclo operates two plants in the county, one in Latrobe and a small factory in Export. About 250 employees work 12-hour daily shifts to churn out the vital parts needed for the coronavirus testing kits as well as other needed medical supplies.
“For the run-of-the-mill customer, nine out of 10 people don’t see our product in the real world, so this has definitely given us an increased awareness and exposure to what we do,” said Rob Stutzman, the company’s divisional chief operating officer.