Hartford Courant – Connecticut is working to link hospitals to manufacturers across the state

As Neil Gilman, president of a Bozrah sports equipment manufacturer, watched with alarm the spread of the coronavirus, he remembered his grandfather who made blankets for the U.S. Army during World War II.

It motivated him to make a similar contribution in the fight against the pandemic. He turned his attention to a cut-and-sew operation at his 90-year-old family-owned company, Gilman Gear. Using a pattern from the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, workers are now making surgical gowns.