Blue collar workers just as essential during the coronavirus pandemic

Recognizing specialized workers

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Behind the scenes, we sometimes forget that local tradesmen have been aiding front line workers in light of the pandemic.

Machinists welders and fabricators are called to fix and manufacture essential parts for ventilators and other necessary equipment.

Machinist Chris Katilius explained the importance of the blue collar workers during this time.

“We’re essential in supplying other essential businesses with what they need such as parts for ventilators and whatever parts they need," he said. "It’s not like they can just go to Amazon and order them. If they have any emergency, they can bring the parts to us and we get it done for them the best and most efficient way we can.”

Katilius said it’s important that along with our local heroes and health care workers, we should remember to also recognize those of us who are not as visible, that keep things moving on a day-to-day basis.

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