Meadowlark Brewing of Sidney is one of more than 75 Montana businesses praised by Gov. Steve Bullock for “pivoting their normal operations to produce cloth face masks, 3D-printed face masks, face shields, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer.”

The governor’s office issued a recent press release reminding businesses that funding is available to “help support masking up.”

Meadowlark Brewing stepped up at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis to produce hand sanitizer. The downtown company was featured in the Sidney Herald in an April 26 article titled: “Sidney’s Meadowlark Brewing Keeps Suds Clean”

“Large and small Montana producers have stepped up in a big way to meet the demands created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Bullock stated in press release praising firms like Meadowlark Brewing.

“As we ask Montanans to mask up, social distance and remain vigilant when it comes to sanitizing, you can also support Montana-made companies making products to keep our fellow Montanans safe,” Gov. Bullock continued.

Montana businesses like Meadowlark Brewing have stepped up to make in-demand products.

They have “adapted quickly through the support of the Montana Department of Commerce, Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) at Montana State University. MMEC partners with and is funded through Commerce,” the press release stated. “Some of these companies have also received grant funds through the Montana Innovation or Business Stabilization programs created in response to the pandemic.”

Businesses that need to purchase protective gear like masks and hand sanitizer may be eligible for reimbursement through the Montana Business Adaptation Program, the press release noted.

Organizations may be reimbursed up to $5,000 for eligible expenses. Apply at COVIDRELIEF.MT.GOV.

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