The face shields easily fit over other PPE commonly worn to protect the eyes and mouth, and are contoured to avoid impact with the shoulders and chest. Photo courtesy of Productive Plastics.

Productive Plastics designed the shields with extended forehead and side shielding to reduce the wearer’s risk of exposure

LAUREL, N.J.—Productive Plastics, a prominent heavy-gauge plastic thermoforming contract manufacturer, reported that it is manufacturing face shields to be used as personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The single-use face shields are made to be worn by frontline healthcare professionals and any essential services professional (retail, grocery, food service, delivery) where personal interaction is necessary. All of the face shields are “proudly manufactured in the USA,” the company said in a release.

Productive Plastics’ face shields are designed to maximize protection, freedom of head movement, and comfort. To reduce the risk of exposure to respiratory droplets, the face shields feature extended forehead and side shielding that is said to provide “full face protection.” They easily fit over other PPE commonly worn to protect the eyes and mouth, and are contoured to avoid impact with the shoulders and chest. An anti-fog coating is available for increased visibility, the company said.

Productive Plastics dedicated a portion of its existing manufacturing operation to begin producing what it called a very high quality face shield, at a cost competitive with foreign and domestic suppliers. The company added new machinery and is hiring new workers, who are expected to increase the firm’s workforce by an estimated 10 to 15 percent. These workers will be needed to meet the high demand for PPE: Productive Plastics is estimating it will produce 5,000 to 10,000 face shields per day. Initial production runs will be donated to local hospitals, first responders, and other essential services employees.

“We recognized that with our existing manufacturing expertise and resources, we are in a unique position to serve our community in a time of need, especially the healthcare and essential professionals, by manufacturing these face shields,” said Hal Gilham, CEO of Productive Plastics, in the release. “We are extremely proud not only to be part of the solution in the response to this pandemic, but to also be able to offer employment to some of the people in other industries that were displaced by the economic effects of these challenging times.”

Productive Plastics’ face shields are offered for sales in bulk quantities to hospitals and other medical, dental, or clinical businesses, as well as to distributors and companies in need of PPE. The minimum order quantity is 1,000. Specific questions about the product can be emailed to

Productive Plastics said that it will continue to seek new ways to bring its resources and expertise to bear in support of its valued customers, frontline heroes, and other communities in need during this challenging time.

The Productive Plastics Face Shield is authorized by the U.S. FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use by healthcare providers as PPE. It is only authorized for the duration of the EUA unless authorization is terminated or revoked sooner. The product has not yet been FDA cleared or approved. Body contacting materials include latex-free elastic band, open cell foam padding, and PET visor.

Productive Plastics is a contract manufacturer of heavy-gauge thermoformed parts for medical equipment, transportation, kiosk, industrial, and plastic enclosure markets. The company produces thermoformed plastic components via pressure thermoforming and vacuum forming processes. For more information, please call 856-778-4300.

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