A man who once orchestrated one of Kentucky football’s greatest comebacks is now helping America come back to work from the coronavirus pandemic.
A decade after Will Fidler wore Kentucky blue and white, the Henderson, Ky. native owns RGA Enterprises, a chemical plant in Charlotte that produces cleaning products you see on shelves of grocery stores across America. At the onset of the pandemic, Fidler reacted quickly, hiring 20 new employees and adding more production lines to make sure Americans had enough cleaning products to stay safe.
“It feels like we’re working 28 hours a day, eight days a week, and the drumbeat we are all marching to is playing at a much faster tempo,” Fidler said. “The amount of emails and phone calls and questions, like, ‘Can we do this?’ or ‘Can we do that?’ has gone through the roof. Everybody is trying to react all at the same time to meet this increased demand from consumers.”
“Products that fight this virus and protect families are now front and center of what people need,” he continued. “It is our responsibility to stay operating to get these products into the hands of the American public. I am very proud of how our team has risen to the occasion and how we have so many people going above and beyond.”
Fidler rose to the occasion in Rich Brooks’ final season as the Wildcats’ head coach, replacing Morgan Newton at quarterback in the second half against Auburn. Trailing 14-7 in The Plains halfway through fourth quarter, on third and one inside the Auburn five-yard line Fidler kept it and stretched the ball across the end zone to tie the game. Three minutes later Randall Cobb scored the game-winner to give Kentucky its first win over Auburn since 1966.