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North Naples business produces face shields for health workers

Health workers in Southwest Florida and nationwide are in desperate need of masks, so a Southwest Florida business is retooling its equipment for a new purpose to help.

Devine Concepts in North Naples has turned its mobile electronics company into a plastic face shield production facility. And it’s all in effort to provide health workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic with crucial personal protective equipment (PPE) that is limited in supply.

“If you have the means to do it, you should be doing something,” owner Adam Devine told WINK News.

Devine has traded automotive customization for PPE, as first responders around the country run out of supplies to protect themselves.

“It hits pretty hard to home; my sister works for NCH.,” Devine said. “I have a lot of friends who are firefighters, EMTs, local law enforcement. And, if you watch the news, everyone needs PPE.”

Devine has the right lasers and materials to make the hard, plastic face shields in batches. Once everything is cut, he says it only takes about few minutes to assemble.

Devine said he began producing shields about a week ago and has currently completed approximately 100 face shields. With more materials on the way to his shop, he told us that number will jump close to 1,000.

Devine added he doesn’t have to shut down while the rest of the world does. So, while everyone is staying home to do their part to keep themselves and their neighbors safe, Devine plans to continue producing PPE for those responding directly to COVID-19 patients.

“Whatever we can do to help protect the people that are out there that are trying to save the lives of people that are out there, we’re going to do it,” Devine said.

Reporter:Andryanna Sheppard
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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