Leaders at BraunAbility decided suspend operations at the Winamac facility in order to help protect the community from the threat and spread of COVID-19.
The suspension is scheduled through Monday, April 20.
North American Manufacturing President Tom Eastman stated in a press release that no member of the BraunAbility workforce has tested positive for COVID-19, but protecting employees, their families, and the entire community is the company’s focus.
The suspension of operations is a direct response to a request from Pulaski County health officials to help flatten the curve of the spread of the virus
BraunAbility is the largest employer in Pulaski County with nearly 1,000 employees Winamac. The company was granted essential business status from the State last week as the facility is the global leader in wheelchair-accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts. Those with physical disabilities rely on those products to sustain daily life.
Since early March, the company has restricted all travel, and most office employees are working from home. BraunAbility leaders say when the plant is in operation, the production line usage has been staggered to maximize social distancing, and extreme cleaning measures have been implemented.