JUST IN: Honda donates 10,000 face shield kits to Kettering Health

A Honda employee in Marysville works on ventilator parts. Honda photo.

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A Honda employee in Marysville works on ventilator parts. Honda photo.

Honda is donating 10,000 face shield kits to Kettering Health Network today.

The Honda-made kits were produced in response to a huge demand for the shield as health care workers and first responders came to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honda is planning a detailed announcement Monday about the design and production of the face shields, which happened right here in Ohio.

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In April, Rick Schostek, executive vice president at Honda North America, Inc., said that Honda harnessed its “operations and the skills of our associates to create critical gear that is in short supply.”

The company used 3D printers to manufacture parts for face shields, Schostek said in a LinkedIn commentary.

“Partnering with our supplier Stratasys, Ltd., associates at five different Honda facilities are using 3D printers to help make face shield frames for donation to healthcare facilities and first responders,” he wrote last month. “At the same time, a number of Honda engineers are applying their own ingenuity to develop a new method of manufacturing face shield frames using injection-molding technology normally utilized to make components for Honda and Acura vehicles.”

Kettering Health Network said the shields will be distributed to network hospitals to “continue protecting the safety and well-being of staff.”

A media availability is planned in the Kettering Health Network Operations Command Center in the Kettering Business Park to mark the donation.

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