How Local Companies Adapted to COVID-19


When the normal ways of working just don’t fit during a global pandemic, these eight local companies took a hard left turn—and kept going.

Photograph courtesy of Karrikin Spirits

New Riff Distilling

Known for: Producing bourbon, rye, and gin
Now doing: Producing hand sanitizer and donating it to local first responders

Dead Low Brewing

Known for: Running a brewery and restaurant
Now doing: Helping first responders who need a place to quarantine


Known for: Creating The Polar Cloud, an online platform to manage 3D printing
Now doing: 3D printing masks in partnership with Cintrifuse and InfoTrust

Standard Textile

Known for: Making linens for hotels and hospitals
Now doing: Making gowns, masks, and face shields for healthcare workers

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Known for: Circulating printed materials and providing community space
Now doing: Circulating digital materials and providing virtual events

Cincinnati Ballet Wardrobe Department

Known for: Sewing and mending tutus and other dance costumes
Now doing: Sewing masks in partnership with nonprofit Sew Masks 4 Cincy

Cincinnati Reuse Center

Known for: Redistributing (at a discount) donated or surplus building materials
Now doing: Redistributing (for free) easel pads, paper, paint, and books to families

Lumaware Safety

Known for: Manufacturing photoluminescent exit signs
Now doing: Manufacturing acrylic ClearGuard sneeze-protective barriers

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