John Deere manufacturing face shields for well being care employees in coronavirus struggle

John Deere has begun manufacturing face shields for well being care employees on the frontlines of the COVID-19 coronavirus response.

Deere says it started an preliminary run of 25,000 face shields on April eight at its Seeding Group facility in Moline, Illinois.

Deere is collaborating with United Auto Staff, the Iowa Division of Homeland Safety and the Illinois Producers’ Affiliation to provide the masks. The face shields themselves are an open-source design from the College of Wisconsin-Madison.

Along with manufacturing the face shields, Deere says it has additionally launched a web site meant to share open-source specs for different gear wanted for the coronavirus response reminiscent of 3D-printed clips to affix face shields to protecting bump caps.

The corporate has additionally made private protecting gear donations to well being care services, instituted a 2:1 match program to encourage worker donations to native meals banks and the American Purple Cross, and has had workers volunteer to stitch fabric masks for group members.