Bauer Drops Hockey Gear To Make Face Shields For Hospital Workers
|The Huffington Post 26 Mar 2020 at 10:30|
MONTREAL Canadian hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer is offering to modify its production line to make protective visors for doctors, nurses and first responders.
The protective equipment to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic would be produced at the companys innovation centre in Blainville, Que., as well as its facility in Liverpool, N.Y.
Bauers vice-president of product innovation, Dan Bourgeois, said hes received interest about the proposal from Montreal police, firefighters and hospitals.
We say were a protective company ... Then why arent we starting to [make] protection for our doctors, nurses, hospitals, and their needs? Bourgeois said.
The company will try to make 2,000 units daily,Bourgeois says.
Protection that allows athletes to give everything for their team is our heritage.
Right now, we re all on the same team. We re repurposing our facilities to make face shields so that medical professionals battling COVID-19 can safely continue to help those most vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/pBiZuUWdVl
Bauer was inspired to produce protective gear after hearing Quebec Premier Francois Legault say manufacturers in the province could have a role to play if supplies run low,Bourgeois says.
I contacted my CEO [Ed Kinnaly] and he said, Hey, Dan, you have carte blanche. Go do it. Bourgeois said.
The proposed single-use,full-face visors are made of plastic and contain anti-fogging material. Bourgeois adds Bauer is in the process of developing visors that can be cleaned,disinfected and reused.
With non-essential businesses ordered closed in Quebec, the company is notifying the provincial government it will re-open while producing essential services before going into production Monday.
Bourgeois adds the company doesnt expect to make a profit on the project, nor is that the goal, but says Bauer might also have other protective goods on the way.