In March of 2020, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was bringing schools and business to a halt, Motor City Electric Co. employees and company members worked nonstop to assist in any way possible. By early April, members of MCE management were tirelessly working alongside the Army Core of Engineers and the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority to quickly convert the then-named TCF Center (now Huntington Place, originally Cobo Hall), into a field hospital with nearly 1,000 beds. Proud to be an essential business, MCE has exercised extreme caution in response to work safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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A multitude of employees and affiliate branches of Motor City Electric Co. worked together to complete this project. Motor City Electric Technologies Foreman, Kevin Watson was one of the managers responsible for a team. Kevin shared some information about a few tasks necessary for the conversion.
“…Our task for the TCF Field Hospital was to install and test data and phone outlets throughout the hospital area, for the nurses and doctors to use for the patient information and personal communications… we were also asked to set up data and voice communications…” — Kevin Watson (Foreman, Motor City Electric Technologies)
The time demand on this project was immediate despite the fragility of the unfolding pandemic. The ability of team members and local organizations to work together so flawlessly produced a sense of community for everyone involved.
“… I just want to thank each and every one of you for all of your help, knowledge, and commitment… This project and mission (were) so essential for the City of Detroit, and Michigan… This is the first hospital in the nation that I’m hearing is fully turned over for use by the state… I am so glad to have met each and every one of you…” — Keith Kropfreiter (Project Engineer, United States Army Corps of Engineers.)
Similarly, we at MCE and our Affiliates would like to express our thanks for the efforts and accomplishments of our employees. We would also like to thank team members within the Army Corps of Engineers. Together, in an uncertain time, we worked diligently to provide urgently needed safety facilities for our communities.