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Vit Plant adds custom-built handwashing stations

When faced with a challenge, the Vit Plant team finds creative ways of getting the job done. Long lead times for and shortages in commercial portable handwashing stations prompted the Distribs team to design and build its own – modeled after the RV industry.

As a result, 12 new custom-built stations have been deployed across the jobsite and allow employees to follow handwashing guidelines to help prevent COVID-19.

Arnie Muth, a senior field engineer, had spent more than a decade in the RV industry before joining the Vit Plant. Muth combined his knowledge with senior field engineer Matt VanDerRhoer’s drafting skills to design and build the handwashing stations.

“We quickly realized that ‘out-of-the-box’ stations were in short supply,” explains Muth. “If we couldn’t buy them, we would build them. We adopted plumbing design principles found in the RV and marine industry and worked with the Procurement team to get those same industry parts delivered.”

Once the parts arrived, the team pre-planned the activity and then assembled a team of skilled craft workers to build the handwashing stations at the jobsite’s T-15 Combo Shop.

Muth added, “We always want to protect our people and these new handwashing stations will help us do that.”

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