Nova Scotia firm making face shields opts for at home assembly by workers
HALIFAX – A small Halifax-area company that has pivoted to making face shields during the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a novel approach that doesn’t involve a production line.
Dartmouth, N.S.-based Spring Loaded Technology, which also manufactures knee braces, has devised a system that allows its workers to assemble the reusable shields in the safety of their own homes.
Company CEO Chris Cowper-Smith says the idea was created to maximize physical distancing.
He says each of the 25 temporary and full-time workers making the shields have been equipped with a work station, and they are regularly brought the materials needed to assemble the shields by technicians who also pick up the finished products.
He says each worker is given enough material to make anywhere from 100 to 130 shields a day.
Cowper-Smith says Spring Loaded has made about 40,000 face shields so far and expects to make about 200,000 more in the coming months.