The Gilman Brothers Co., a Connecticut manufacturing company, has designed, prototyped and tested a system to safely transport a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Gilman Brothers worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to create this innovative transportation system. The Gilman Brothers produce foam board products for signs, displays and graphics. With their expertise, they have made a lightweight container that can be used for vaccine transportation. According to the company, the container is capable of maintaining subzero temperatures for more than 72 hours.

“We are not just a foam-board manufacturer. We are innovators, creators, thinkers, and problem solvers,” Bill VanHorn, Gilman Brothers’ director of sales, said. “Providing hope and being part of the solution to save lives during these unprecedented times will go down as one of the major accomplishments for all involved.”

The transportation system was made as a group effort involving Gilman Brothers’ in-house research and development team, material suppliers and the Army Corps of Engineers.

“Doing our part has always been in our company’s heritage,” Luna said. “Having the support of the [Army Corps of Engineers] is both proud and humbling.”

The innovation is one of the puzzles pieces that need to be prepared for the successful vaccination distribution that people worldwide are waiting for.