The Plains-based company develops ultra-cold freezer that can store potential COVID-19 vaccines

November 10, 2020

By Ben Peters, Athens News

A company based in The Plains has garnered national attention for its ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, which have become useful in storing a potential COVID-19 vaccine that is likely to require subzero temperatures to remain potent.

Stirling Ultracold, a company located at 6000 Poston Rd. that employees 130 people mostly from southeast Ohio, developed a freezer with the largest storage capacity relative to similar devices that could prove valuable to companies that research, manufacture, transport and store a potential vaccine, according to a news release from Ohio University.

Many potential COVID-19 vaccines, including a leading candidate manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech that’s shown to be 90 percent effective, must be kept at temperatures as low as minus 80-degrees Celsius from the time of bottling to when they’re injected into a person’s arm, according to a report in The New York Times that makes mention of Stirling Ultracold’s freezer that can reportedly store 48,000 vials.

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