The Trade Group Manufacturing Low-Cost PPE Face Shields for Front Line Workers



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The decision to manufacture face shields at The Trade Group’s Carrolton, Texas headquarters was prompted by a huge demand for PPEs, which have been desperately needed by the nation’s healthcare workers since the pandemic began.

According to Robin Barhydt, Senior Design Consultant at The Trade Group, the company was uniquely positioned to pivot its manufacturing operations from trade show exhibits to face shields. “When COVID-19 became a reality in the U.S., the live event industry came to a halt. In that sink or swim environment, our creative and resourceful team decided to swim. Not only did we have the capacity to manufacture the shields, our team was also able to quickly acquire the resources needed to make PPEs, so we could get them out in the field right away.”

The Trade Group also decided to donate thousands of face shields to individuals and organizations that needed them right away. “We really wanted to do our part to help support and protect healthcare workers who were on the front lines. Time was of the essence, so we donated facial shields to those organizations that were in dire need,” Barhydt says.

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