On Thursday, April 9, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19 has assembled a team of Ohio manufacturers to make between 750,000 and one million high-quality, reusable face shields over the next five weeks to help combat the spread of the virus.
Soon, hundreds of thousands of high-quality, reusable face shields will be shipped across the state from Hudson, Ohio-based Little Tikes™ — a manufacturer that normally produces toys. The project involves a supply chain of 19 manufacturers, three hospitals and multiple additional partners. Together, they have done in a matter of days what would normally take several months.
“These face shields will make a difference as we fight this invisible enemy,” said Gov. DeWine. “This reinforces what we know about Ohio companies — they are generous and will answer the call when needed. Together, we are going to protect our protectors and strengthen our manufacturing sector.”
To date, the Alliance has received more than 1,500 communications from manufacturers and individuals who want to help in this effort. Manufacturers with the potential to produce PPE are urged to visit RepurposingProject.com, review the list of in-demand products, and fill out the online response form if they can help. 4/9/2020