“With what was at stake, I decided to draft a letter to the governor of South Carolina, which advised his team of our manufacturing capabilities and our ability to convert our production lines over to products that could help to protect front-line health care workers,” Newman said. “Gregg Robinson from OCDC made sure that this letter was brought in front of the decision-makers and within two weeks we were contacted by FEMA.”
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In the letter, Newman noted the QM Group had the ability to produce injection molds using rapid mold-manufacturing techniques.
The letter noted products the company could produce include plastics and mold manufacturing for ventilators, masks, hospital beds, respirators, medical packaging, over-the-shoe booties and vital-sign monitors.
Soon a contract was signed between FEMA and QM to build face shields.
“In a matter of days, we were building molds and shortly thereafter were producing around 250,000 face shields per week,” Newman said. “This immediately brought our workforce levels back to 130% of pre-pandemic levels.”
The company had to create five new tools to make the required 1.4 million face shields. About 200,000 face shields were shipped to front-line health care workers.
QM was given a six-week period to make the shields with production beginning in May 2020 and ending in early July.
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