Kentucky Success Stories

Kinetic Vet

While others may have balked, one Lexington company kept plowing through the COVID-19 challenges to release a new product as everything else was shutting down. They couldn’t wait because, as Kinetic Vet President Stuart Pierce, DVM said to me, “This could save lives.” Ironically, the pandemic is one reason the need was so great but also has made telling their story even harder. Yet, most businesses don’t have access to an antimicrobial surface treatment that is active for up to 90 days. That means Armour Guard RUT doesn’t just get rid of microbes once, as disinfectants do. Rather, it keeps on working between routine cleanings.  Brothers and veterinarians Stuart and Scott Pierce, founders of Kinetic Vet, released Armour Guard RTU, a long-lasting surface treatment that’s EPA approved for bacteria, fungus, and algae just as the world was realizing the devastation of COVID-19. Their primary customers are veterinarians and others in the animal health market. This product was designed to use in animal surgery centers, clinics, horse stalls, transportation, and anywhere else contamination is a concern. It is also approved for corporate offices, airports, businesses, schools, assisted living facilities, and more.  There is a lot of reliable, scientific information about quaternary ammonium products and their effectiveness against viruses. Silane quaternary ammonium compounds have been shown in several published articles to reduce human hospital-acquired infections. Many Si-Quats (as they are commonly called) are EPA approved for envelope viruses (such as COVID-19). It’s commonly known now that COVID-19 is relatively easy to kill, but earlier in the pandemic, if it wasn’t on the EPA list, no one was interested.  With workforces greatly reduced nationally, it’s taken some time to get the product out to the distribution channels, but it’s now out there and the response is promising.

Elite Graphics & Wildcat Shredding

Dave Orwick, owner of Elite Graphics
Elite Graphics and Wildcat Shredding, have been providing printing, shredding, and paper supplies to Kentucky businesses and beyond for 25 years. When the pandemic hit, we knew many of our regular customers would be impacted by the shutdown. So, we created Source Depot and leveraged our existing connections to distribute PPE and other much-needed supplies to our loyal customers. Our goal was to help others in our community while also maintaining full-time positions for our employees. Through Source Depot we’ve partnered with local business/ distilleries to package and distribute Kentucky-made sanitizer and antimicrobial solutions across the U.S.; added two full-time positions; as well as expanded our production capabilities so that we can design and produce custom acrylic sneeze/cough guards. The success of Source Depot has allowed us to donate to local essential workers because we understand how important a strong, safe, healthy community is for a local business’ success.

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