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The Big Pivot: How We Leveraged Our Facility for Face Shield PPE

National Signs has been the primary provider of face shield PPE for several hospitals, nursing homes, first responders, school districts, and other essential businesses since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.
Specifically, in Texas, we pivoted our production equipment, materials, and expertise to become a meaningful responder in the state’s fight against COVID-19. We continue to proudly provide our valued clients with life-saving PPE to help them manage warehouse utilization strains caused by massive PPE inventory requirements. Here’s how it all started.

How We Began Creating Face Shield PPE

When the pandemic surfaced in the United States, everyone in the country was on edge. Disinfectants and face masks were flying off the shelves. Everyone was concerned with the lack of PPE available, especially when it came to front-line and healthcare workers.

When the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Texas was announced in March 2020, the leadership team at National Signs immediately got to work discussing what the company could do to help out. The first thing that came to mind was, “Couldn’t we use our facility to manufacture face shields?”

This really hit home for National Signs CEO Cody Johnson. He was especially motivated to make face shields due to a shortage of PPE at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital, where his brother, James Johnson, was helping to run a COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit.

Our innovative team was able to come together to figure out the best way to re-engineer our facility’s equipment in order to produce face shields.

The amount of time from the initial discussion of creating the face shield PPE to the prototype being completed was only about three hours. Getting that prototype into full production? Only 24 hours! Before we knew it, the employees at National Signs were starting to manufacture thousands of face shields each day.

How We’ve Supported Healthcare with COVID-19 PPE

With quick turnaround and efficient manufacturing, National Signs has been able to provide PPE to so many valuable workers in our local community and beyond. Our face shield PPE has been delivered to various health care facilities, including:

  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Bayside Community Hospital
  • South Lake Houston Emergency Medical Services
  • Laurel Court Continuing Care
  • Windsong Care Center
  • And many more hospitals across Texas!

We also have manufactured and delivered face shields to police, fire, and sheriff’s departments throughout the state of Texas.

As much of the country starts transitioning back to work, National Signs plans to continue providing PPE to many more front-line and essential workers, as well as large corporations. Since the start of the pandemic, National Signs has been able to improve manufacturing and pricing for face shields. This has caused an even bigger spike in interest from organizations and businesses all across the country.

Benefits of Utilizing Our COVID-19 PPE NS FaceShields Social

Not only are all of our face shields proudly Made in the USA, but we’ve also developed an innovative, new type of face shield that has many advantages over other face shields on the market. Our face shields are:

  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • One-size-fits-most
  • Easily disinfected
  • Fabricated with ANSI Fog Resistant Z87.1 rated PETG plastic sheets
  • Snug in all the right places without interfering with work activity
  • Able to include custom branding, logos, and messages

We use only the best material that has been tested for durability, anti-fogging, and safety. Our face shields provide all-day comfort for your team, no matter the type of work environment.

We recommend contacting our team to find out more about selecting the ideal face shield PPE for your specific needs. We can customize almost any request! Reach out to our team today to request a quote on PPE face shields for your business, school, or organization. National Signs can fulfill all orders — big or small — in Houston, across Texas, and across the country!