Alex Petizian ’10 has been making big saves his whole life—even now during a global crisis.
Petizian, who was a four-year stand-out goalie for St. Lawrence’s men’s ice hockey team, is responsible for sales and account management at Naizil, Inc., his family-owned business that manufactures vinyl-coated high-tech industrial fabrics that are used for transportation purposes, tents, awnings, and even sports domes.
In mid-March, just as the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, a customer approached Petizian with an idea to manufacture protective gowns for those on the front lines. In less than three weeks, and in partnership with the customer’s company, Petizian’s team had customized and manufactured the required fabrics for the garment, which is now approved by the FDA.
The gowns, which are made from fabric in Ontario and assembled in Quebec, will protect people from any contaminants, are easily washable, and reusable. The partner company is producing between 3,000 and 4,000 of them each week and the interest in them is high: during the first 10 minutes of the interview for this story, Petizian already had 15 new emails in his inbox.