Modern Plastics has developed an infection-control face mask shield to protect healthcare professionals, grocery store clerks, and others who come in close contact with the public. Image courtesy of Modern Plastics/PRNewswire.

Modern Plastics adapted its plant to produce shields that combine clarity with durability

SHELTON, Conn.—Modern Plastics retrofitted its manufacturing plant to produce an infection-control face shield made of U.S. FDA-approved PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol) plastic. Now, the firm’s employees are working around the clock to try to fill the new orders coming in each day.

Described as simple in its design but effective for its purpose, the plastic face shield provides the wearer with clear, unobstructed views. It is bendable, yet sturdy and “virtually unbreakable,” according to Modern Plastics.

“Our full-face shield product offers total face protection for workers in hospitals, healthcare facilities, restaurants, grocery stores, and other close contact spaces,” the company said in a release. “Our shields can easily fit over glasses and its soft foam headband is made for skin contact.”

The headband fits easily against the forehead, enabling the lightweight shield to be worn comfortably for long periods of time. The protective face shield can be made in a thickness of 0.020 inch or 0.030 inch, the company said.

“This is an added layer of protection, an added barrier in addition to the N95 masks that are being worn as well,” said Modern Plastics President Bing Carbone. “It’s about the healthcare professionals, the doctors and nurses, the first responders, and, of course, the public that we’re protecting. We feel really good about that.”

The face shields are produced domestically at the company’s plant in Shelton. Modern Plastics is also making plastic barriers meant to keep store clerks safe, and plastic boxes used to protect healthcare workers during certain medical procedures.

Modern Plastics (https://modernplastics.com) is a distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, and film, most of which are medical grade materials to be put inside the human body, the company said. More information on its infection control products is available at https://modernplastics.com/infection-control-division/.

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