Piper Aircraft announced on Thursday that it will begin making protective gear to support the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to Vero Beach-based Piper, its manufacturing engineering team designed a prototype face shield using off-the-shelf materials. Once the prototype was approved, the team created a manufacturing line at the Piper factory and sourced materials from wholesale suppliers.
“It is a time for action, cooperation and collaboration,” said Piper Chief Operations Officer James Funk. “As a team, we can make a difference for people in need and directly support those fighting the battle on the front lines of this unprecedented crisis … We want healthcare providers, especially, and patients to be safe, therefore it’s vital that we all pull together to help our community, weather this crisis and come out the other side stronger than ever.”
Piper says its current supply of materials and labor give it the ability to produce “thousands of face shields daily.” The company will begin production this week. Piper is also donating more than 1300 3M N95 approved masks to the hospital.
You’ve got to love it–a company recognizes a need, and rather than wait for “government approval” of a product that is needed STAT–goes right out and starts production on its own. They didn’t wait for an OK by countless government agencies–they started producing thousands of units DAILY.
My compliments to Piper–it’s an initiative that hasn’t been seen for almost 80 years!
Ditto Jim H. This initiative is to be praised. Thanks Piper.
Well done, Piper. We’re seeing similar effort all over the place though it does not seem to rate more than a blip in the mainstream media.