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A lot of companies are shifting their production gears to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and D’Addario is joining in with a new initiative using their drum heads.

The company found a way to make face shields using their drum heads. They’ll be producing them to help front line workers from catching the virus while treating patients.

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Other companies like Ernie Ball have also joined in to help front line workers by switching gears to manufacturing face masks.

Now, D’Addario is putting their hand in to help out too. In a new initiative they’re calling “Project Excelsior,” they’re manufacturing FDA-approved face shields for New York City workers. The name is coming from the New York State motto according to CEO John D’Addario III.

The company released a statement about their decision which you can read below.

“Today, D’Addario is underway in engineering and manufacturing face shields to help alleviate the dire shortage of protective gear for New York and the world’s healthcare workers.

“Even before our factories were closed, D’Addario immediately began devising a way to use its resources to support the global response to COVID-19. Our team of engineers quickly learned how to fabricate protective face shields using the clear film from Evans G2 drumheads. In only three days, we developed the first prototype. Using our FDA approved Dynatomy brand, we will be mass-producing the Dynatomy face shield in the Evans drumhead facility, which the NYSEDC approved to stay open.”

Production of the face shields is beginning by April 27 and you can learn more about them here. Their goal is to be producing 100,000 face shields per week.

Further, CEO John D’Addario III says they’re planning on doing this until there isn’t a need to do so anymore.

“It’s our intention to manufacture these shields as long as they’re needed in New York or anywhere around the globe. We’ve watched the incredible efforts of our healthcare and essential services workers all across the world with great admiration. While we cannot match the immeasurable efforts of these selfless heroes, we feel an immense responsibility to do our part in overcoming the COVID-19 crisis.”

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What do you think of D’Addario’s new drum head face shields? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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