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Editor: Let us know how you’re helping the COVID-19 efforts

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  • John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.comAfter hearing that police and fire departments didn't have enough hand sanitizer, Copper Fiddle Distillery's Andrew Macker, right, and Jim Iverhouse, middle, turned their stills over from making gin and vodka to sanitizer. Sen. Dan McConchie, left, sought their assistance. Copper Fiddle is one of many suburban businesses that are taking extra steps to help out those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are one of those businesses, we want to hear from you.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.comAfter hearing that police and fire departments didn't have enough hand sanitizer, Copper Fiddle Distillery's Andrew Macker, right, and Jim Iverhouse, middle, turned their stills over from making gin and vodka to sanitizer. Sen. Dan McConchie, left, sought their assistance. Copper Fiddle is one of many suburban businesses that are taking extra steps to help out those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are one of those businesses, we want to hear from you.

 
 

To our readers:

We are experiencing a period like no other in recent memory.

The COVID-19 outbreak has almost brought business in the suburbs to a standstill. Once vibrant business districts, office and industrial parks are eerily quiet as employees work remotely, or the shelter-in-place order has led other businesses to idle production.

But local businesses have proved their resilience in the past, and we're seeing signs of that even now. Local businesses are adapting production to help support efforts to fight the pandemic. Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich, for example, is turning its stills from making vodka and gin to making hand sanitizer for first responders. Likewise, Dimension Design in Glenview is shifting its focus from producing printed fabric structures for trade shows and special events to masks and gowns for those fighting the COVID-19 battle.

We know there are more businesses in the suburbs that are doing what they can to help the effort. And if you're one of those, we want to hear from you. Send an email with the name and location of your business, a brief description of how you're adapting to help the efforts, and a contact email address and phone number to rklicki@dailyherald.com. Our plan is to feature businesses in upcoming issues of the Daily Herald Business Ledger and the Daily Herald.

These are challenging times. Let's work together and work creatively to get through them. Thank you for your continued support of the Daily Herald Business Ledger and our mission of being the Business Resource for Suburban Chicago.

Richard R. Klicki

Business Ledger editor