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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.

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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.