Bauer gets green light to make protective medical gear

Henrietta Strickland
March 27, 2020

The New Hampshire-based company, which had been shutting down its two facilities in Quebec and NY state because of restrictions tied to the pandemic, said on Wednesday it would instead use them to produce medical equipment.

All non-essential businesses in the province have been closed under order of Premier Francois Legault. The company shared some pictures of their new face shields, saying "Right now, we're all on the same team". Bourgeois said, adding the company will try to make 2,000 units daily. "Then why aren't we starting to [make] protection for our doctors, nurses, hospitals, and their needs?" said Bourgeois.

"I contacted my CEO (Ed Kinnaly) and he said, 'Hey, Dan, you have carte blanche". Bauer intends to only cover the production costs by selling each visor for $6 a piece, and says it can meet production requirement with only 15 employees working at the factory, as to adhere to social distancing requirements.

Bourgeois and his team, together with research and development staff at Bauer's lacrosse equipment plant in Liverpool, N.Y., had been awaiting government approval since late last week, when they first joined forces to come up with ways to help during the pandemic.

The provincial government's Ministry of Economics and Innovation could not immediately be reached for comment.

Bourgeois adds the company doesn't expect to make a profit on the project, nor is that the goal.

"We really feel it's our part in helping to fight COVID-19", Bourgeois said.

Masks, gloves, gowns, face shields and other supplies protect healthcare workers from the virus, and also reduce the risk of spreading it from one patient to the next. "And also to keep my people busy".

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