LENOX, Mass. — Zogics knows cleaning. It's been helping keep everything from Navy ships to elementary schools safe and sanitary for more than a decade.
Now, after witnessing a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the cleaning and disinfectant retailer wants to give back to Berkshire County in a time where many businesses are struggling.
Zogics is offering its most popular novel coronavirus-combatting products to Berkshire businesses and nonprofits at cost and is making its facility experts available at no charge to help the community develop plans and protocols to operate as safely as possible during the pandemic.
"Our aim is to help, not profit at this time," CEO Paul LeBlanc said on Tuesday. "We feel a profound sense of responsibility to help where we can."
This program is available to first responders, health-care facilities, retail, schools, restaurants, corporate offices, manufacturing, local government, cultural institutions, and others through the end of 2020.
Zogics would like to reach as many businesses as possible before the end of the year so it can get the products they need at a lower price.
The international distributor sells a full range of facility equipment, cleaning, sanitizing, safety, and disinfecting products for every industry. LeBlanc said the company would like to help businesses that are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic because Zogics is in a place where it can help others because of the high demand for sanitary products COVID-19 yields.
In addition to providing products at cost, Zogics can assist businesses with everything from surface disinfection protocols to air sterilization solutions to personal protective equipment recommendations at no cost. It can also conduct a detailed airflow analysis for those interested in air-sterilization fans.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Zogics has been helping local businesses acquire necessary items such as hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and air sanitization technology. Because the company's team are experts, they want to spread their wealth of knowledge as far as possible.
Zogics is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of critical facility products, supplying major corporations throughout the country and helping businesses near and far navigate these difficult times. Founded in LeBlanc's home, its made the list of fastest-growing companies in nation three years in a row.
LeBlanc said the location of Zogic's main warehouse in Lee is right in the center of Berkshire County, putting the company in a great situation to serve the local community.
"We love our community," he said. "We want to be as supportive as we can to local businesses and non-profits."
During the pandemic, individuals and businesses alike are having a harder time accessing sanitization products that were previously in abundance. LeBlanc said supplies have been significantly restrained so demand exceeds supply, creating issues such as the products being a higher price than normal.
"A lot of businesses are on the brink, and as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19 this winter and beyond as we start to reopen as an economy and as a society, it will be a great focus on being able to instill confidence that one's facility is safe to enter," LeBlanc said. "and a lot of that is going to rely on the types of products that we make and carry, so whatever we can do to help those local businesses obtain those products as inexpensively as possible we want to do that."
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Reid Civics Class Holds Virtual Town Hall With Senator Hinds
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Reid Middle School students got a chance to quiz their state senator on Tuesday to kick off a student-led civics project.
The eighth-grade class prepared the questions for state Sen. Adam Hinds that were then vetted and chosen by the student civics leaders who represent each civics class.
Questions ranged from hates crime legislation, the First Amendment, the vaccination rollout, and getting back to a "new normal."
Principal Michael Henault said it was the changes made in 2018 to the state's history and social science curriculum framework that led to the virtual town hall with the senator. The core priority of the curriculum change was emphasizing and expanding civics education and supporting eighth-graders in a student-led civics project.
Twenty percent of Berkshire County's population has received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination as of Thursday and around 8 percent have received the second dose. There were more than 3,000 Berkshire County residents vaccinated on Saturday.
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