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Educational furniture manufacturer Jonti-Craft of Wabasso, Minn. has been playing a significant role in helping the healthcare equipment industry as it deals with the COVID-19 crisis by way of its portable sink line.

The Clean Hands Helper delivers hot, running water without the need for plumbing. The sinks have already started to make an impact during the current national challenge as the CDC recommends frequent handwashing to help combat the spread of coronavirus, says company COO Nick Schwarz.


“While most in our industry know us as the leading provider of children’s furniture for schools and daycares, we’re seeing rapidly growing demand from the healthcare sector for our Clean Hands Helper portable sinks and other products,” says Schwartz.

“We added portable sink solutions to our product line in 2010 in response to a growing demand for hand washing in rooms without plumbing. Running water and sewer lines through existing structures was not always possible, and this product helped many of those schools and daycares meet standards and achieve certification requirements associated with sanitation and hand washing.”

The portable sinks are available in two heights - one for children and one for adults – made from one-piece molded plastic or as a stainless-steel sink insert. They meet licensing requirements and give users the flexibility of moving them quickly to areas of need.

They feature an on-demand heater and once the faucets and handles have been attached, it’s plug-in ready

“At the start of March 2020, we anticipated an increase of two to three times our average sales of portable sinks. By the end of the month, the demand was 10 times greater. Adding to the urgency, customers are asking for immediate shipment,” says Jonti-Craft’s director of sales Matt Hinkle.

Customers want the sinks as fast as they can get them.

Customers want the sinks as fast as they can get them.

In March, Jonti-Craft shipped over 20 sinks to New York City’s Javits Center to help the state’s critical fight against COVID-19. The 2.1-million-sq.-ft. convention center was converted into a makeshift hospital by the U.S. military in just five days.

The company has also supplied portable sinks to the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City; Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis, McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, Va.; Michigan Institute of Neurological Disorders in Kentwood, Mich., and HOAG Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif. and to several military bases.

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This article originally appeared in the June 2020 issue.

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