Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at Artisan Colour has increased efforts to assist with providing protective gear for emergency and front-line personnel.
Since protective gear was critically low, according to a press release, Doug Bondon, CEO/president of Artisan Colour, an award-winning Scottsdale commercial printer said his “team was spurred to action.”
The company directed its attention to face masks and realized its equipment was more suited to manufacturing face shields. The first set of shields was donated to the Scottsdale fire and police departments.
When the project is completed, an estimated 100 hours of manufacturing time will produce 1,200 to 1,400 face shields, the release said.
“We were listening to the headline news at the office. When we heard reports about the rising COVID-19 infection rates and the shortage of protective gear for healthcare workers, you could feel the sadness in the room,” said Mr. Bondon, who authorized purchasing the materials.
He said the company’s director of digital printing, Alan Ludington, suggested we helping and found a supply of PETG, a clear, PVC-type material ideal for the shield, detailed the release.
Team and family members have reached out to local healthcare organizations and essential businesses, including Banner Health, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and a local food processing company, who have all expressed interest in receiving the face shields.
Artisan continues to operate while enforcing safety measures that include no-contact deliveries, noted the release.
“Our team is operating on split shifts to maintain a safe distance – 50% of employees work one week and the other half works the next,” Mr. Brondon said.
“Each team member has contributed to this project and can be proud that they’re doing their part in combatting the spread of this virus.”