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Heroes & Innovators

Ohioans are helping others and inventing new ways to assist those in need.

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Heroes & Innovators

By Ohio.org Staff

Posted On: Apr 29, 2020

Ohio heroes and innovators are helping others and inventing new ways to assist those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Check out these businesses, individuals and groups that are innovating and inspiring. And help us discover the businesses and tourism industry employees in your area that are heroes and innovators by completing this form.

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Hero of the Week

Robert Dille of Tony’s Deli & Catering has been serving and donating meals. He’s given meals to first responders through his “Feed the Fronline Fund,” and also donated meals to retail workers in essential businesses.

Innovator of the Week

Joshua Reid of Inphlu launched “Move That Food,” a site that connects farmers to those wanting fresh produce. From average customers, to food banks and restaurants, you’ll be able to get all those fruits and veggies!


Past Heroes and Innovators

A semi truck with a message of support and thanks was at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The semi truck will stop at other Wexner Medical locations.

Glass Rooster Cannery is serving healthy meals to-go for the food insecure in their community. The meals are by donation, on a pay what you can basis. They’ve served over 600 meals so far.

Several Columbus fashion companies and designers are making masks for personal wear. Check out some of the designers and retailers like Columbus Fashion Council, Celebrate Local and Bend.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden employees cut tulips and hyacinths, placed them in glass vases and delivered the bouquets to health workers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Kroger placed the largest order in Donato’s history when it ordered pizzas for around 12,000 Central Ohio employees.

Columbus Advanced Manufacturing Systems (CAMS) partners with Rogue Fitness to make reusable PPE.

Cleveland-based company Athersys, Inc. is working with the FDA to make an experimental COVID-19 treatment.

Several Ohio distilleries began making hand sanitizer. Check out some the local distilleries like Watershed Distillery, Gervasi Vineyard distillery and West End Distillery. And Stillwrights Distillery in Fairborn/Greene County who made hand sanitizer to support Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, first responders and retirement homes.

Aunt Flow changed their production and started making FDA-approved masks.

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