By Libby Rosequist
Local business owners Dave and Alexa Sacco have created custom sneeze guards and barriers to help other local businesses open their doors but mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the yellow phase of Gov. Tom’s Wolf’s reopening plan.
The Saccos own and operate Conversion Parts Unlimited, or CPU, which is a subsidiary of LGE Coachworks and is located at 10190 W. Main Road in North East.
CPU was originally created to provide custom and specialized parts for the limousine industry back in 2007.
“Over the past decade, our production has focused on the precision manufacturing and design of retail shelves, displays, countertops, security containers and much more,” Alexa Sacco said. “Currently in 2020 the need for social distancing and physical separation is critical to allow our business and communities to return to a somewhat normal lifestyle by opening their doors again.”
The sneeze guards and protective barriers were created to keep employees and the community safe while following CDC rules and guidelines set in place.
“We have made shields for local and nationwide customers,” Sacco said. “We are currently working on contracts with several medical facilities locally and as far away as Palo Alto, California.”
Some of the local area businesses include: NAPA Auto Parts, Eades Insurance, Beauty and Beast Salon, Bella Salon and Day Spa, North East Marina, Lollie Casual Couture, Eric Vandamia DMD and many more.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been lucky enough to keep our doors open and our employees working,” Sacco said. “However, our sales have slowed down and even though we qualified and received the PPP loan, the following months may not be as promising. We are hoping that adding products and services like the sneeze guards will not only protect against the virus, but that we can also help businesses nationwide reopen.”
Sacco has concerns about surrounding areas outside of Erie County being reopened and hopes to see Erie reopen sooner than later.
“We have read and heard of Wolf not allowing certain businesses to reopen until the entire state is in the yellow phase,” Sacco said. “When you can drive 30 minutes over to Ohio that has completely reopened, it does not make sense to shut down Erie County, which is six or more hours away from a hot spot in our own state. We believe reopening should be considered individually for each county, not as a state in whole.”
If a business is interested in learning more or placing an order for a protective barrier or sneeze guard, CPU can be contacted by calling David at 814-450-4016 or Alexa at 814-450-7037. They are also available via email at email@example.com or through their website, www.cutoutcovid.com.
A business can expect the order be completed within two to five days of placing the order with dimensions. This is subject to change as more orders come in.
Pickup is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shields can be delivered for a small fee.