Clipper Corporation is supplying personal protective equipment, including face masks and no-touch thermometers, to restaurants, grocery chains, retail stores and food service companies in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clipper is the parent company to the Viking Culinary brand of cookware and kitchenware.
Though the core product line of Clipper’s food service branch traditionally includes items like hot pans, fry baskets and plates, Lina Hu, Clipper’s CEO, organized a pivot when she saw the need for PPE. Leveraging a proprietary distribution network, Clipper said it began manufacturing masks within a week.
The disposable masks are three-ply, with elastic earloops and nose bridge strips. The Clipper non-contact infrared thermometers use infrared technology to detect thermal radiation for measuring human body temperature.
First, Clipper provided these products to their partners, including brand names like Red Lobster, Burger King and Denny’s. Now the company has ample stock of these supplies and can ship to customers in need with a very short turnaround time. Clipper has also donated masks to restaurants and organizations in need like World Central Kitchen.
“Since the company’s inception, it has always been a priority of mine to support the communities we serve in whatever ways that we can,” said Lina Hu, founder and CEO of Clipper Corporation. “It is my ongoing goal to identify needs that must be met and answer that call as swiftly and effectively as possible. In this unprecedented situation, we are happy to be able to be a part of helping keep people safe and able to run their businesses during this time.”