LITTLETON, Colo.-- It looks like normal business at Xybix Systems in Littleton.
“We manufacture furniture for 911 dispatch centers all over North America,” Xybix President Barry Carson said.
But not all is normal.
“No, not the plexiglass. That’s a new addition,” Carson added.
The COVID-19 pandemic presented a new need for its customers, who are essential workers.
“We decided we can come up with a divider for our customers. We were using 3-D printed versions of this until we got it figured out and then we actually made these out of aluminum for the final additions,” he said.
They've sent the guards to dozens of dispatch centers, but the need is bigger.
“We’re seeing regular office furniture customers starting to call because they really haven’t got back to work yet and all of a sudden they want to go back and they want some division,” he said.
They don’t want this to be a permanent solution.
“I’m hoping that they’ll be able to take these down eventually and get back to normal but it’s probably gonna be for a year or two, depending on when this all gets resolved,” Carson said.
They've also developed a new pod for offices as well.
“It’s a new product for social distancing in the office so you can collaborate and concentrate and go up and down,” he added.
It's not a complete re-branding for the company, but it's a move in a different direction.
“It’s not necessarily necessary for us to survive but we can keep cracking along and add this on top,” he said.
The owners hope the product can help people feel a little more at ease going back to work and help the office environment rebound.