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Kelowna manufacturer completes 2,000 protective face shields for Canadian healthcare workers

FILE. A hospital worker wearing a face shield and mask is seen at a COVID-19 assessment centre for staff at Lions Gate Hospital.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
April 16, 2020 - 10:48 AM

A Kelowna avionics and specialty audio manufacturer made 2,000 protective face shields that are about to be distributed to Canadian healthcare workers, hospitals and medical professionals.

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. was approached to assist in producing personal protective equipment to meet rapidly increasing demand amid the global COVID-19 Pandemic.

“When the news of the COVID-19 Pandemic initially broke, we immediately started discussions with local health authorities, as well as provincial and federal government representatives to offer support in any way we could” AEM CEO Brian Wall identified available capacity in their 32,000 square foot facility said in a press release.

“We knew we had the equipment and expertise to manufacture various components of PPE and life-support equipment, so when presented with the opportunity to produce these urgently-needed shields, we got to work right away.”

The face shields, which AEM can manufacture at a rate of approximately 1,500 per day, are assembled at another Kelowna facility and then distributed across Canada, prioritizing provincial demand within British Columbia. AEM is prepared to continue filling orders for these shields until the need is sufficiently met.

AEM has also been identified as a potential resource for mechanical ventilators. “We have made ourselves available and stand at-the-ready to participate with the production of ventilators should there be a need to support the two Government-approved organizations currently working jointly in this undertaking.”

As a Transport Canada-approved manufacturer, AEM is a reliable resource for the needs of healthcare workers across the country.

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