LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It didn’t take long for the leaders of Louisville's HMI Cardinal to make a change in production that potentially saved a countless number of jobs in Kentucky.
“This development took us just a few days to come up with a comprehensive catalog of solutions,” Diego Rodriguez VP of Sales & Marketing at HMI Cardinal told Spectrum News 1.
HMI makes high-end, custom shower doors but for the last month has also been producing thousands of custom glass dividers.
“The reaction has been good. We've had quite a few installed locally at some of the local Subways restaurants, auto dealerships,” HMI President John Huff said.
Con Huevos on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville has posted pictures on Facebook of their newly installed, "Cardinal Sheild" glass divider.
According to the makers, these glass dividers are scratch-resistant, do not cloud, can have logos or messages printed on them, and can be seen throughout Louisville.
Huff says the pandemic has led to furloughs and reduction of staff hours, however, the addition to making glass dividers has helped the company temper the virus’s negative impact, in more ways than one.
The demand for these dividers is expected to go up as more businesses and offices in Kentucky and elsewhere reopen.
“Not only protecting the consumer and the employee, it can also protect employees among themselves. So we are installing shields to separate cubicles,” Rodriguez said.