New Ohio face shield alliance includes Evenflo, Trifecta

Face shields wait to be assembled at MRL Medical, a Beavercreek defense contractor. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

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Face shields wait to be assembled at MRL Medical, a Beavercreek defense contractor. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

An alliance of Ohio manufacturers, including two local companies, are banding together to make face shields for Ohio hospitals.

More than 1,400 manufacturers across Ohio have volunteered to help produce personal protective equipment critical to support frontline health workers in the fight against COVID-19, according to an announcement from both Gov. Mike DeWine and Fastlane, a consultant for manufacturers based at the University of Dayton.

Although some 1,400 Ohio companies ultimately volunteered, eight companies were chosen for the effort before that full number stepped forward for the project.

Together, their goal is to produce thousands of face masks for health care workers — 650,000 of them, all told.

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Although 1,400 manufacturers have volunteered to help with producing the needed gear, for this particular effort, there will be eight companies involved, organizers said Wednesday. Trifecta Tool and Engineering in Kettering, and Evenflo in Piqua, are the two local companies.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced the alliance Thursday.

“Ohio’s innovative spirit is shining through to protect the protectors,” DeWine said.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Military Reserve in Columbus, is receiving, inventorying, storing, and packaging protective equipment, while Ohio Air National Guard members are supporting the Ohio Department of Health with logistics and warehousing, the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department said Wednesday.

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