Summerside cabinet manufacturer finds new use for equipment amid COVID-19

A business based in Summerside, P.E.I., that manufacturers kitchen cabinets has begun to make Plexiglas dividers for businesses that want protections for employees through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Company making custom-made Plexiglas dividers to protect workers in close quarters

Nathan Kember, president of Strategic Enterprises based in Summerside, P.E.I., says he has spoken to seafood processors about making custom-made Plexiglas dividers. (CBC)

A P.E.I. company that manufacturers kitchen cabinets has started making Plexiglas dividers for businesses that want to protect employees through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nathan Kember, president of Strategic Enterprises based in Summerside, P.E.I., says the federal and provincial governments have asked businesses how they can retool their equipment to help with COVID-19.

He said the Plexiglas dividers could be used for businesses with employees that need to be within two metres of each other, but need some kind of barrier between them. That could include anything from dentists' offices to nail salons to boardrooms.

Kember said he has spoken with some seafood processing plants that are gearing up for the lobster season.  

"I know they have to get operations going soon. So we've actually met with some, and looked at their configurations and their operations and this is a big change for them," he said. 

"The people there have to be able to be protected from one another."

Kember said the products are being custom made to meet the different needs of facilities. He said his company hired three more people to deal with the new work.

"We're glad to be a part of it to help out in some way," he said.

COVID-19: What you need to know

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Tiredness.

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia, which can lead to death.

Health Canada has built a self-assessment tool.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Isolate yourself and call 811. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested. A health professional at 811 will give you advice and instructions.

How can I protect myself?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean regularly touched surfaces regularly.
  • Practise physical distancing.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government's website.

More from CBC P.E.I.

With files from Angela Walker


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.