Manufacturing and selling mobile handwashing stations has kept a small South Shore company afloat during the coronavirus health crisis.
Within a three-week period, ACL Industries transitioned from commercial metal transformation and design to distributing mobile sanitary units.
“It’s given us a chance to survive through these hard times,” ACL Industries spokesperson Pierre Thibeault said.
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The company situated in Beauharnois, 30 minutes south of Montreal, has already sold 30 stations with another 20 orders pending.
In a last-ditch effort to save his business, ACL owner Christian Laberge started sketching designs for the mobile sinks.
His first design relied heavily on the use of a large recycling bin as the water container.
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“He put a couple of ideas on paper and boom — one thing led to another,” Thibeault said.
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The idea soon evolved into five different models made from an aluminum frame.