Local dry ice company makes ultra-cold coolers for COVID vaccine

Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 9:58 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Pfizer vaccine requires ultra-cold storage containing dry ice and one local company is stepping up for rural hospitals.

It’s a hot commodity. Dry ice just hit a new market.

“I’m actually really excited for the demand to pick up,” Hayden Michkelson, A+ Heler’s and Dry Ice CO-2 sales manager said. “We have seen an increase in phone calls and questions.”

Typical customers are food companies. Now they’re being tapped to help safely store Covid vaccines.

“We have a few people working so we’re all working hard every single day and as orders come on we’re always making sure we can fulfill them,” Michkelson said.

The company is using dry ice to help rural hospitals. The dry ice makers teamed up with OneEvent Technologies to create ultra-cold containers that stay around -70 degrees Celsius. The goal is to ship them to rural hospitals providing easier access to the vaccine.

“This is a system that is also connected to wi-fi then connected to a cloud which stores all your data,” Michkelson said.

The cooler has a device that tracks the temperature by the minute. The team said so far the ice box is working and they hope to start shipping out soon.

“It is mind blowing day by day. I’m blown away by the stuff that we do and the people that were helping,” he said.

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