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Parry staff agree to work over Easter to meet urgent healthcare sector demand

Mark Banton, managing director

Workers at British catering equipment provider Parry have agreed to keep its manufacturing operations up and running over Easter to meet urgent demand for healthcare equipment.

The Derbyshire firm has adapted all of its manufacturing operations to produce stainless steel equipment for the healthcare market during the Covid-19 crisis.

And following discussions with its 65-strong workforce, the company has revealed that manufacturing will continue throughout the Easter weekend period.

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Parry has dramatically increased its output of mobile wash basins and while it has implemented measures for social distancing in line with the new government guidelines, it remains in full production mode building healthcare and clinical equipment.

“As an agile manufacturer, we were able to immediately switch our production from catering equipment to essential healthcare equipment,” said managing director Mark Banton (main image).

“To be able to respond to the current situation while keeping the safety and welfare of our staff a priority is very important. It is an over-used phrase but our staff are genuinely our greatest asset and I am very grateful for their continued support during this difficult time.”

Parry had been developing its range of healthcare products over the past 12 months and has quickly expanded its range to meet the demands arising from the coronavirus situation.

Mr Banton said demand for its mobile handwashing station has been “unprecedented”.

The freestanding unit is ideal for an immediate and hygienic set-up for washing hands. The only permanent connection required is a 13 amp plug to heat the water in the internal tank.

Parry shifts manufacturing focus to essential healthcare equipment

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