Indiana company produces hospital beds in record time

C-I-T workers can make about 50 beds per day depending on orders, with the beds able to ship nationwide. (WTHR)
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RICHMOND, Ind. (WTHR) — Hospitals nationwide scrambled over a shortage of critical resources as patient numbers swelled amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Some hospitals did not have enough beds for patients, and an Indiana company came to the rescue, providing an alternative.

Richmond, Indiana-based C-I-T had never made a hospital bed before. Direct Supply contacted them to make a model — a process that can take months.

The Wayne County company dropped everything to expedite the process.

"We started producing beds within about a week and a half of when we initially got the concept,” said Mike Owens with C-I-T. “We didn't do any kind of beds before, and this would have been an 8-12 week process for us from start to finish.”

The versatile folding beds save space and help with overflow patients.

A team of nearly a dozen workers in Wayne County helped make hundreds of beds.

“They were very excited that they were able to contribute to the needs of people out there that didn't have a place to recover necessarily in either a hospital or a COVID-19 center. Now, they've got somewhere to be comfortable,” Owens said.

Engineers used large bags of salt to get an idea of a patient’s weight, including if they sit on the edge of the bed to make sure the structure provides enough support and won’t tip over.

Workers can make about 50 beds per day depending on orders, with the beds able to ship nationwide.