Supplier Stories for the Week of April 19

Custom thermofomer Tru-Form Plastics is producing protective masks for healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. The company is able to produce more than 100,000 plastic shields per week and plans to boost capacity to more than 200,000 per day, it reported in a news release.

“We’re delighted to leverage our capabilities to provide the necessary tools to help protect our amazing medical professionals on the front lines,” said Jim Goode, president of American Innotek, the parent company of Tru-Form Plastics, in a news release.

After requests from healthcare professionals, Tru-Form’s design engineering and tooling manager, Ed Hentges, delivered a prototype in two days and started production just days later. Each mask is made from PETG or PVC. The shield can be reused after being sanitized, the company stated.

“We pride ourselves on being nimble to quickly act on customer requests and adapt the design to provide the best possible solution for their needs,” explained Hentges, who worked directly with the team at a Southern California hospital to design the mask. “Many of us have several close, personal ties to the medical community, so the chance to work with a local medical team and to help providers across the country is a true honor for us,” he said.

Added Dan Gievers, Chief Financial Officer:  “Tru-Form is able to quickly ramp up production of the face shields at a cost that rivals some of the lowest cost production in the world right here in the USA. Depending on quantity, our shields sell directly to hospitals for less than $3 each.”

[Image courtesy of TRU-FORM PLASTICS]

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