U.S. Senator for New York, Kirsten Gillibrand visited PRG New Windsor on July 15 to see firsthand how PRG has redirected the capabilities of its Broadway scenic shop to develop essential technology for the reopening of business. PRG Scenic Technologies recently introduced the SmartXcan thermal scanner kiosk with the purpose of helping to reopen entertainment and meeting venues, offices, and schools. The Senator was joined by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, and Council of Industry President Harold King.
The Senator toured PRG’s facility and held a press conference from the shop floor discussing the need to help workers quickly gain and refine essential skills to re-enter the workforce. She also announced her legislation for additional funding to invest in workforce training infrastructure and to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
“PRG’s team of designers, fabricators and technicians who typically build world-class scenery for Broadway put all their expertise to work to try and address the COVID challenge. Retooling to make thermal scanners is going to make a difference to reopening,” said Senator Gillibrand. “PRG’s willingness to set up in a time of crisis it truly inspiring. Their adaptability, commitment to innovation, and dedication to the community showcase what New Yorkers do best.”
Additionally, PRG’s chairman and CEO, Jere Harris met with the Senator and her team on the impact the pandemic has had on the live event industry and the need for legislation to protect its workers and support its businesses.
Harris said, “I am grateful both for Senator Gillibrand’s interest in our innovation and her appreciation of the needs of the live events industry.”
Video of Senator Gillibrand visiting PRG and her remarks during her press conference below.