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Fort Macleod company helps pandemic response in New York

Delcan Building Materials Ltd.’s first shipment of PVC panels being unloaded from the Vanee Livestock truck in White Plains, New York.

A Fort Macleod company is part of the COVID-19 response efforts in New York.

Delcan Building Materials Ltd. is shipping interlocking PVC panels for use in temporary hospitals in White Plains, NY.

This was no ordinary order for the Fort Macleod company.

“Everybody got involved,” Delcan president Patrick De Leeuw said. “We tried to rush it as quick as we could.”

The interlocking PVC panels are 16 inches wide and of varying lengths

There are more than 159,937 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, with 13,000 recovered and 7,067 deaths

The contract came through Delcan’s U.S.-based customer, who was using the PVC panels for car washes.

“This was an existing client of ours who buys our panelling,” De Leeuw said.

De Leeuw was surprised to get the call but quickly realized the client had come to the right place.

“After they explained what they were going to do with it, it made total sense.”

The company was contracted by the U.S. Marine Corps to build four temporary hospitals for COVID-19 patients in New York.

The hospitals are essentially tents with divider walls inside.

“What they’re using our material for is to clad those divider walls,” De Leeuw said.

When the call came in from their client the staff at Delcan scrambled quickly to fill the order.

“Obviously they needed it right away,” De Leeuw said.

Delcan contracted Vanee Livestock of Fort Macleod to deliver the first load of about 70,000 sq. ft. of PVC panels to New York.

Delcan has since sent another load of PVC panels to New York.

The interlocking panels are each 16 inches wide of varying lengths of 18 feet, 10 feet and eight feet.

“The beauty of them is they are interlocking so the fastener is hidden,” De Leeuw said. “They don’t have any screws sticking out.”

The panels are made at the company’s production facility in Calgary, and are used in car washes and for agricultural applications such as barns.

With the Alberta economy slowed by the public health orders in response to the pandemic, the contract for the PVC panels was welcomed. 

“This order was definitely an answer to prayer for sure,” De Leeuw said. “It’s been very much slower. It’s uncertain, I would say.”

“This is definitely a shot in the right direction.”

The contract is also good for Fort Macleod.

“It puts Fort Macleod on the international map,” De Leeuw said. “I think that’s pretty cool.”

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