When news broke that COVID-19 vaccines were ready for distribution, it was a big relief across the country. But for Stephen Foster and the team at Chill-Pak, it was an opportunity to show they can make a difference in a complicated process.
“Our packaging has always been there,” says Foster, president of Chill-Pak, of the sudden demand for pharmaceutical, cold-temperature shippers. “It took a pandemic to really put it on the forefront.”
Chill-Pak has always been involved in the business of shipping specialty pharmaceuticals, according to Foster. “We have a very strong customer base already that has nothing to do with the vaccine, [but] has those similar temperature and refrigeration requirements [...] so we could leverage what we already had.”
Being a manufacturer of shippers that can accommodate the spectrum of ultra-cold temperature requirements for medical products, Chill Pak was prepared to pick up vaccine distribution. “We started having some conversations with some of the distributors of vaccines,” Foster says. “As well the logistics companies, knowing what’s going to be coming down that pipe once the FDA starts giving emergency authorizations.”