Many Supplyframe readers and engineers of all types know Adafruit, a small electronics manufacturer in New York City, but they may not realize how important this nimble company is to the city as it provides essential services. After receiving the “essential business” designation by the Mayor and Governor of New York, they were able to re-open last week, and within two hours, provide components and electronics for ventilator support in addition to electronics for ongoing medical device efforts. Plus, they are making and distributing some PPE face shields.
Growing up in New York, when I asked Phil and Limor on Twitter how it was going, their response: “#NewYorkStrong — as we battle this pandemic, we are all New Yorkers now.”
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