Kimball Electronics hiring to meet medical demand

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

Kimball Electronics produces pieces other companies use to assemble medical devices, and due to COVID-19, the Jasper-based company has seen an increased demand in their medical assemblies.

And because of this demand, Kimball Electronics is looking to hire more workers.

The companies using the pieces manufacture respiratory care products, ventilators, automated electronic defibrillators and drug delivery devices, John Kahle, Kimball Electronics vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and secretary, explained Friday via email.

“Our customers assemble and or distribute the final products and medical equipment globally,” he wrote.

Because of this production, the company falls under the category of being an “essential business,” Kimball Electronics said in a press release issued Thursday. With COVID-19 spreading, the pieces produced by the company are needed for the production of more devices.

“While we have experienced and are expecting sales declines in certain product categories, we are experiencing increasing demand in other product categories,” the company said in the release, “specifically for our medical assemblies, such as those related to respiratory care.”

Kahle would not say how much of an increased demand the company is experiencing. “As a public company, we cannot comment on confidential business matters such as this,” he wrote.

Kimball Electronics has six global facilities that manufacture medical assemblies, including one in Jasper. Producing medical pieces is not new to the company. “Kimball Electronics has produced assemblies for medical applications in early diagnostics, hospital care, therapy and home healthcare for several years,” Kahle wrote.

Company Chairman and CEO Don Charron thanked the employees of Kimball Electronics for their work.

“I cannot express enough my great gratitude for the direct link our employees continue to play when it comes to making the important products we provide to our customers,” he said in Friday’s press release. “We have customers whose products are essential to the health and safety of people around the globe — in their personal lives and at work. Supporting customers with their specific needs is a good reminder of how important we are to the value stream — and to people’s health — especially during this pandemic.“

When asked how many additional employees the company is looking to hire or if workers are being pulled from other production lines to help with the medical production, Kahle wrote that he could not share that kind of information.

“We are hiring people to meet customer demands, he wrote. “As a public company, we cannot comment beyond this (other than what’s in our press release) due to the confidential nature of such business matters.”




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