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January 2021

Westchester Entrepreneurs Launch Company to Battle COVID-19

On March 1, 2020, the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in New Rochelle, NY. At that time Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a containment zone around a synagogue that became the first epicenter of COVID-19 in the Eastern United States.


Peter Cantone a businessman and entrepreneur from New Rochelle saw what was happening.


“I knew I could find a better way to fight the pandemic, protect people and save the economy of Westchester and beyond,” said Cantone.


To achieve this goal Cantone and business partners and Pelham residents Dennis Berberich who serves as Executive Vice-President and Philip Paterra, officially launched Pandemic Solutions (www.pandemicsolutions.net) in May of 2020.


Using his experience and knowledge from owning a spray foam insulation and equipment supply business Cantone searched for the right equipment. He was familiar with spraying devices and equipment and knew there was safer and smarter way to quickly disperse disinfectants. Unfortunately, in March and April, such spraying equipment was not readily available in the USA. New equipment from abroad would take months to arrive because of the pandemic’s impact on supply chains.


Cantone, Berberich and Paterra looked for a domestic solution. They connected with a colleague in Alabama who introduced them to a company with a solution.


To combat COVID-19 the Federal Government was communicating with manufacturing companies that could assist.  Among those solicited was VSE an Alabama company internationally renowned for its state-of-the-art theatrical effects.


 The company’s equipment produces fine mist “fog” and “smoke” effects that are used for Broadway productions, at Disney and other theme parks as well as at concert venues. The company owners converted their factory to create new disinfection machines capable of quickly spraying a safe and effective COVID-19 killing hydrogen peroxide disinfectant.   The new machines are durable, powerful and fast, making them cost-effective for regular use. The hydrogen peroxide mixture, unlike harsh chemicals used to clean homes and buildings, is safe to be around for long periods. It also does not cause harm when inhaled or if it comes into contact with the skin or eyes.


Pandemic Solutions began offering equipment and their disinfection solution to schools, churches, hospitals, office buildings and private residences in Westchester and the greater New York area. The company’s machines are being used by the Archdiocese of New York in churches and schools, Holy Family and other churches in Westchester, the New Rochelle YMCA, Calvary Hospital in The Bronx and a large NYC special needs school bus company.


The company has assembled an advisory board which includes Dr. Christopher P. Comfort Chief Operating Officer at Calvary Hospital a world-leading hospital for life ending palliative care.


“The ability to quickly disinfect large areas and locations that are used for multiple purposes, such as elevators, lunch rooms and hallways, is critical for hospitals and health care facilities. The handheld and portable units are easy to use and cover significant square footage every minute, fundamentally changing how we approach disinfection and protection of patients during this pandemic,” said Dr. Christopher P. Comfort.


Professional sports teams and facilities operators have taken interest in Pandemic Solutions’ equipment because it is cost-effective to use for disinfecting large arenas, theaters and stadiums. Cantone and Berberich recently demonstrated devices for the Sacramento Kings NBA Basketball team. Equipment also received rave reviews from Major League Baseball and other professional teams as well as entertainment facility management entities.


Pandemic Solutions offers a line of highly effective sprayers ranging from the hand-held VSE Magnum, and the high-tech VSE ProPack backpack unit to the VSE CK Mini and the VSE Storm High Volume Sprayer that can cover over 600,000 square feet per hour. The hand-held VSE Magnum is also safe for daily home use.  The company has recently added Invisi-Shield Antibacterial Hand Lotion to its offerings.  This lotion is safe, lasts for 4 hours, is FDA approved to kill 99.99% of germs and will not dry out hands.


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause spikes it is clear that new disinfection approaches are needed. Businesses, schools, sports arenas, churches and hotels all need to do more spraying and do it more often. Constant spraying can be expensive in terms of disinfectants and labor.  Pandemic Solutions rapid electrostatic spraying technology covers areas twice as fast as competitors, which means expensive labor costs are cut in half.  With the fine mist sprayers produce, there is no need to wipe down surfaces.  The disinfection solution kills what’s on the surface and rapidly evaporates. With Pandemic Solutions equipment it only costs a few cents for the hydrogen peroxide spray needed to cover an average size classroom.


To learn more visit www.pandemicsolutions.net.