TSC making face shields
TORONTO – Tempur Sealy Canada (TSC), one of this country’s largest producers of mattresses and related sleep products, has repurposed part of its manufacturing to aid in the production of critically needed face shields, for use by doctors, nurses and health care workers on the front lines of Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company is working in collaboration with Mack Media, a Toronto-based large format digital printer with which it has an ongoing business relationship.
“When we got the call from our associate at Mack Media, we didn’t hesitate,” TSC chief operating officer Monty Bagga said in a statement. “Canada’s medical professionals are frontline heroes, saving lives and helping our communities at great personal risk. It’s exceptionally brave and selfless. If we can contribute and make even a small impact for the health care community, we felt an obligation to do so.”
During this unprecedented time, Bagga noted the need for personal protective gear for health care workers is at an all-time high and the supply of personal protective equipment is critically tight. Ongoing shortage could impair the ability to stem infection rates and place the most vulnerable frontline responders at great risk. What’s important is getting this protective equipment in the hands of Ontario’s frontline health workers as soon as possible.
Mack Media developed and created a prototype for personal protective equipment to help support people on the front lines. Right now, 100% of their operations are working to build and assemble the face shields, but they need additional manpower. In an effort to supply the quantity needed as quickly as possible, Mack Media president Frank Mackovski approached Tempur Sealy Canada.
“The need is great, and it is expected to grow in the weeks ahead,” said Mackovski. “The worldwide objective to slow this virus and stop this pandemic in its tracks will depend on the collective efforts of many. We have to be creative, strategic and collaborative to flatten the curve. We were so humbled when Tempur Sealy Canada offered their support to fulfill this need.”
Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, and medical experts predict a surge in cases in coming weeks, as the virus spreads throughout the province and across Canada. As of the morning of April 20, Canada reported 35,056 cases, 11,843 recoveries and 1,587 deaths.